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Point to La Pointe Open Water Swim

Join us on Saturday July 29, 2017 for the 11th Annual Point to La Pointe Swim!

Swimming to Madeline Island has been a storied feat around the Bayfield area for decades. Point to La Pointe started as a community swim for 24 people in 2006. Get ready for the best open water swim event on Lake Superior, attracting over 500 swimmers. The 2 mile course runs from Bayfield to Madeline Island and offers events for serious racers, casual swimmers, and relay teams. Sponsored by the Bayfield Area Recreation Center. Click here to register and for more information.

Staying on the island? Early trip to Bayfield at 6AM.  All swimmers staying on Madeline Island Friday night need to take this ferry in order to get to Bayfield in time for the race.



July Happenings & Events

Get Outdoors! Enjoy & experience Madeline Island’s natural beauty at Big Bay Town Park
and Big Bay State Park ~ Beach access, hiking trails, picnic areas and camping.

Explore History! Discover the magic that has drawn people to Madeline Island’s legendary shores for centuries at the Madeline Island Museum (Wisconsin State Historic Site). Open daily 10am to 5pm (til’7pm Wednesday).

Experience early life on Madeline Island! The island’s story is told through an historical village and Veterans’ Honor Garden at the Madeline Island Heritage Center. The buildings and their contents reflect life on the island from late 19th to early 20th century. Open Thursday thru Saturday, 11am to 3pm.

FREE Guided Madeline Island Walking Tour of  Downtown La Pointe
Monday thru Friday (No tour on 7/4) @ 11am.Click here for information. Tour is appropriate for kids & adults. Dogs Welcome!

July 1: The P4 (Pedal, Paddle, Plod & Plunge). Click here for information.

July 1:  Madeline Island Chamber Music ~ Young Artists Concert (String Quartets), 11am + Shanghai String Quartet, 8pm  @ The Clubhouse

July 1: Picnic Concert w/Pat Donohue @ Rec Center, 5:30pm to 7:30pm. Sponsored by the La Pointe Center for the Arts  & Music on Madeline.

July 1: LIVE Music w/ JFT Party Band @ Tom’s Burned Down Cafe, 9pm

July 2: LIVE Music w/Madeline Island Chamber Music, 1 to 2pm + Gingie Ward & Jim Kasperson, 2:30 to 4:30pm @ Bell Street Gallery ARTBAR

July 2: The Art of Drone Flying w/Craig Wilson @ Madeline Island School of Arts, 4 to 5pm

July 2: LIVE Music @ Tom’s Burned Down Cafe, 4 to 8pm

July 2: LIVE Music, 4 to 8pm + Evergreen String Band, 9pm @ Tom’s Burned Down Cafe

July 3: Make a Kite or a Monarch Mask & Wings @ Madeline Island School of the Arts, 9am to 3pm

July 3: LIVE Music w/Deja Bleu @ Bell Street Gallery ARTBAR, 3 to 5pm

July 3: LIVE Music w/Spencer Peterson & Brian Green @ The Beach Club (patio), 5 to 7pm

July 3:  LIVE Music w/ Room to Groove @ Tom’s Burned Down Cafe, 9pm

July 4: Click here for 4th of July schedule of events.

July 5: Lecture: Warm, Wet and Windy – Adapting to Climate Change in the Apostle Islands w/Dr. Randy Lehr @ Madeline Island Museum, 7pm.

July 7: Madeline Island Farmer’s Market, 9:15am to 12:30pm.

July 6 thru 8: Madeline Island Summer Film Series @ The Inn on Madeline Island. Click here for schedule.

July 8: Madeline Island Chamber Music ~ Young Artists Concert (String Quartets), 11am +  Festival Concert w/Brooklyn Rider Quartet, 5pm @ The Clubhouse

July 8: Lecture: Circumnavigating Lake Superior in a Solo Kayak w/Benjamin Herman @ Madeline Island Museum, 7 to 8pm

July 11: Lecture Demonstration w/American String Quartet @
Madeline Island Museum, 7pm. Sponsored by Madeline Island Chamber Music

July 12: Salsa Dance Party (Lessons, 5pm & Dance, 6 to 8pm) w/Jazmin Bowers @ Bell Street Gallery ARTBAR

July 12: Lecture ~ Women of Madeline Island w/Dr. Maureen Mack @ Madeline Island Museum, 7pm.

July 14 – 16: Connecting Cultures ~ Exploring the Lake Superior Fur Trade @ Madeline Island Museum   

July 14: Madeline Island Farmer’s Market, 9:15am to 12:30pm.

July 15: Madeline Island Chamber Music ~ Young Artists Concert (Fellowship Quartet), 11am + American String Quartet, 8pm @ The Clubhouse, 8pm

July 18: Music for Young People @ Madeline Island Public Library, 2pm. Sponsored by Madeline Island Chamber Music.

July 19: Salsa Dance Party (Lessons, 5pm & Dance, 6 to 8pm) w/Jazmin Bowers @ Bell Street Gallery ARTBAR

July 19: Lecture ~ It’s a Small World After All (everything you ever wanted to know about spiders!) w/ Larry Webber @ Madeline Island Museum, 7pm.

July 21: Madeline Island Farmer’s Market, 9:15am to 12:30pm.

July 21: 11th Annual Madeline Island Talent Show @ Rec Center, 7pm

July 22: Madeline Island House Tour, 12Noon to 4pm.  Fundraiser for the Madeline Island Historical Preservation Association. 

July 22: Picnic Concert w/ Paul Cebar Tomorrow Sound @ Rec Center, 5:30pm to 7:30pm. Sponsored by the La Pointe Center for the Arts & Music on Madeline.

July 22: Madeline Island Chamber Music ~ Geroff Nuttall & Andres Diaz w/Fellowship Quartets @ The Clubhouse, 8pm

July 25: Madeline Island Book Club Movie Night ~ ‘A Man Called Ove’ @ Madeline Island Public Library, 8pm.

July 26: Lecture ~ Women of Madeline Island w/Dr. Maureen Mack @ Madeline Island Museum, 7pm.

July 28: Madeline Island Farmer’s Market, 9:15am to 12:30pm.

July 28 – 30:  Current Creations featuring Michele Auger + Nell Hillsley + Joey Newcome @ Turtle Tracks Studio. Friday, 1 to 5pm; Satturday, 11am to 5pm & sunday, 11am to 2pm

July 29: Point to La Pointe Swim to Madeline Island. Click here for information.

July 29 & 30: Ojibwe Artist Residency w/April Stone (Bad River)Demonstration of the Art of Black Ash Basketry  @ Madeline Island Museum, 10am to 5pm.

For more area event information:
Madeline Island Chamber of Commerce
Bayfield Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Bureau
Ashland Area Chamber of Commerce
Washburn Chamber of Commerce


Madeline Island Walking Tours


Looking for a fun and educational activity? Check out the FREE downtown La Pointe Guided Walking Tour offered June 26 thru August 25 (Monday-Friday) at 11am by the Madeline Island Ferry Line. This tour highlights how our Island community works, and walks around a good portion of the downtown area. You will learn some of the Island’s history, and how we have progressed from 1623 to the present. You will hear about the various uses some of our buildings have been through, as well as some architectural tidbits. The route we walk is roughly a half mile long.

  • Tour departs  from the Ferry Line Office located on Main Street on Madeline Island.  No tour on Tuesday, July 4.
  • Tour is appropriate for adults and children.
  • Dogs welcome.
  • Reservations are highly encouraged.
  • 4 person minimum needed for tour to take place/limited space available.
  • Sign up for the tour at the Ferry Line office on the Island on at the Madeline Island Information Station in Bayfield.
  • Call 715-747-2051 for more information or to make your reservations.

4 Madeline Island Self-Guided Walking Tours with Maps

These self-guided tours highlight Capser Trail, trace island history from downtown La Pointe to Grant’s Point, take in the downtown “Art Junket” tour or explore historic downtown structures.

Madeline Island Camping Choices

There are many reasons to head to the north woods. One of them is Madeline Island camping. Many options are available-all of them within yards of the beaches of Lake Superior. The largest body of fresh water in the world, Lake Superior surrounds this tiny island and creates a 42-square mile playground. You can opt for a primitive camp site if tenting is your preference.

Which park is better for my family or group? Big Bay State Park or Big Bay town Park? Check out the State Park and Town Park Amenities Information. Both parks offer advance web reservations.

Fire wood is available at both locations. However, because of invasive forest insects and diseases, firewood burned in Wisconsin campgrounds must originate from within the state and within 10 miles of the campsite. In addition, firewood that has been harvested, purchased, stored or moved through an Emerald Ash Borer quarantine area may not leave the quarantine area. For more information on campground firewood see Big Bay State park Range of Allowable Firewood.

Take home your memories, not gypsy moths!” Inspect your vehicle and outdoor articles for gypsy moth egg masses, remove and destroy them (burn or drown in water with a little bleach) before you leave the island. Thank you for helping keep Madeline Island free of invasive species!

And of course, it’s a very short walk to the beach. To enhance your camping experience, learn about a primary feature of the island: the culture and heritage of the Ojibwa. Madeline Island treasures its connection to the ancient tribe and preserves their past at the historical Madeline Island Museum on the Island. The museum features the art of the Ojibwa, and many handmade items are for sale in the gift shop. There are also children’s books that will help youngsters learn about the first Americans to come to the Island. For a true island experience, plan some Madeline Island camping: explore the beaches and wetlands, the hiking trails and tall trees, the rock formations and the eagles that soar above them. You’ll want to come back again and again to this peaceful idyllic location.