MV La Pointe, Newest Madeline Island Ferry arriving at the La Pointe Town Dock
Madeline Island Ferry
Line was looking at options to expand its fleet when in June of 2017 they
became aware of a former State of Texas ferry—the B.L. DeBerry—in a small
Chicago shipyard in the preliminary stages of being reconfigured to use as a
river cruise boat. The Ferry Line found it to be in excellent condition and
when the owner decided to put it up for sale the purchase was concluded. In May
2018 the ferry was moved to Fincantieri Ship Yard in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin
for a complete refurbishing, including an all-new pilot house, passenger
accommodations, engines, generators, mechanical equipment, hydraulic ramps and
state-of-the-art electronics. The new ferry is double-ended which means that it
has an engine, propeller, and rudder on each end and will not need to turn
around to depart from a dock. It is 102 feet long, 44 feet wide, and can carry
20-22 vehicles and up to 149 passengers. Its width makes for roomier car lanes,
easier loading and more room on deck.
The B.L. Deberry was
renamed MV La Pointe, honoring the important sense of place occupied by the
town of La Pointe on Madeline Island—an historical geographical landmark for
voyageurs and canoe-borne travelers who ventured into the region, home of the
Lake Superior Chippewa. Guided by USCG licensed captains, the MV La
Pointe made a 2 1/2-day, nonstop voyage from the
shipyard, arriving at the Madeline Island Town Dock at 6:52 p.m. on
May 31, 2019.
Dedication ceremonies for the MV La Pointe were held on Saturday, June 29 on Madeline Island and in Bayfield.
Learn Madeline Island history while strolling downtown La Pointe.
The Angus Cheese House and Transportation murals are located at the Madeline Island Heritage Center, 273 Colonel Woods Avenue. The Peterson Night mural is located at Island Carvers, N662 Main Street. The Poppy mural is located behind the Parkside Condominiums, Main Street across from Joni’s Beach.
All murals designed and painted by Holly Tourdot. The Angus Cheese House, Transportation Mural and Peterson Music Night Murals were supported by a grant from the La Pointe Center for the Arts and the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin. Additional funding for the Peterson Night Mural was provided by Island Carvers.
Come test your skills at sand sculpting during Big Bay State Park’s Sandcastle Day! This is a free family event (vehicle admissions sticker required for park entry). Prizes will be awarded for Best Overall, Best Creature, Best Lake Superior Theme, and Best “Story” for your design.
Grab your shovels, buckets and creativity for a fun-filled day along our beautiful Barrier Beach. Groups or individuals of all ages are welcome to participate. Registration begins at 12noon with judging at 3pm.
For additional information on rules please call the park at 715-747-6425.
Situated at the top of Wisconsin on the shores of Lake Superior, Bayfield Wisconsin has something for everyone. You can stroll the streets of this quaint village and see the Victorian homes or shop in stores that feature beautiful local art and other gift items as well as traditional souvenirs. Bayfield was once home to many ships and captains operating on the lake. You can see this heritage at the Maritime Museum. One of the most beautiful of the homes, the Rittenhouse Inn, has been turned into a bed and breakfast so you can stay there for a night or two, or just enjoy a delicious lunch or dinner. Many water sports activities await you in Bayfield. Guided k tours and lessons are available as well as charter and bare boat fishing and sailing boats. While in Bayfield Wisconsin, don’t miss a trip to the apple orchards on the hills above town. Berries of all kinds are grown all summer long, and you can pick your own or buy some in the carton. For a fall visit, plan to attend the annual Apple Festival. For help planning your itinerary, contact the Bayfield Chamber of Commerce. Wisconsin can be your year-round vacation destination. And, of course, no trip to northern Wisconsin is complete without a ferry ride across the lake to Madeline Island. Historic Madeline Island is only minutes away from Bayfield and well worth the trip.