Come to the Upper Great Lakes and see some of the most gorgeous vistas in the world! And nowhere is better for this vacation than Bayfield County Wisconsin. Situated at the top of the Bayfield Peninsula, the town of Bayfield, and nearby Madeline Island are easily accessible from Chicago, Madison and the Twin Cities. Where is Bayfield Wisconsin? In the heart of the scenic north woods on the shores of Lake Superior. A day’s drive or less will bring you to Bayfield where you can visit apple orchards and see them in operation. Or you may want to shop in the quaint town that features local art, apple goodies of all kinds as well as tee shirts and sweatshirts. Nearby you’ll find a winery. Or you can go sailing or fishing on a charter boat. Tour the Apostle Islands and see the lighthouses on the Island Princess that leaves Bayfield harbor twice daily. Also located in Bayfield is the park headquarters of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore. Next you’ll want to plan a trip across the lake on the Madeline Island Ferry to see historic Madeline Island. On the Island you can rent bikes or mopeds and go out to Big Bay State Park, which offers hiking trails along the lakeshore and through beautiful wetlands. You might prefer to get out on the water in a kayak on a guided tour. The kayak people will teach you the technique. Plan to spend the night on the Island: there’s a broad range of accommodations available. So, where is Bayfield Wisconsin? Your next travel destination!
Many Apostle Islands tourist attractions will bring you to the Bayfield Peninsula in both summer and winter. In the summer you can enjoy the many water sports that are available. You may like to kayak; kayak tours as well as kayak lessons can be found in Bayfield, Wisconsin and nearby Madeline Island also. Charter fishing and sailing boats may also be rented in both locations. If it’s nature you’re interested in, Madeline Island boasts both Big Bay State Park and Big Bay Town Park. Both offer scenic views of Lake Superior as well as beach and rock formations. Bikes and mopeds, available for rental on Madeline Island will get you there. The Apostle Islands National Lakeshore Park is headquartered in Bayfield; several water taxi services can get you there, but you should check with the park headquarters before you go. Bayfield also has an Island cruise service. Madeline Island is accessible by the Madeline Island Ferry. The dock is easy to find in Bayfield, and the ferry runs every half hour in the summer time. If it’s winter activities you seek, you’ll want to see the Apostle Islands ice caves (access is weather permitting). The ice forms beautiful stalactites. Dog sledding, snowmobiling, ice fishing and skiing are just a few of the Apostle Islands tourist attractions awaiting you in northern Wisconsin.
Come and explore the “Unholy Apostles” and find out how they got that name. For scuba divers, ship wrecks abound in the Bayfield, Wisconsin region. Or for a tamer introduction to the Apostles, you can tour Apostle Islands lighthouses. The local cruise service in Bayfield offers tours daily that will show you all around the Islands and their historic lighthouses. Several of them have been restored to look exactly as they did when they were operating lighthouses. You can tour them and see how these “keepers of the light” and their families lived a hundred years ago. Apostle Islands facts are available at the National Park Service Headquarters in Bayfield, and, should you choose to camp on any of the Islands, you must check in with them. While you’re in the area, there is much more to do in the quaint village of Bayfield and the nearby historic Madeline Island. For sportsmen, fishing, sailing and kayaking are all available for charter-either bare boat or with a captain. For shoppers, Bayfield and La Pointe (the only town on Madeline Island) both offer a variety of specialty and souvenir shops. You can stroll Bayfield and see the Victorian homes built by captains and their wives over a hundred years ago. Or, a twenty-minute ferry ride will take you to Madeline Island where you can rent bikes or mopeds and visit the beautiful Big Bay State Park. Apostle Islands lighthouses will bring you to the northland; gorgeous scenery and friendly people will bring you back.
Pack your swimsuit, your snorkeling equipment and your nautical map: Apostle Islands underwater exploring is a trip back into the past. The shorelines of the Apostle Islands are a rich source of both history and geology. You can find old coins, old musket balls and Ojibwa bugle beads-even agates-just by looking underwater near the shoreline. Plan your Apostle Islands vacation around some water adventures! You can stay on historic Madeline Island and enjoy the scenery in the evening: vast panoramas of the largest lake in the world. Lake Superior water is so cold that items found underwater are in nearly perfect condition. Madeline Island, a two-mile ferry ride from Bayfield, Wisconsin, offers cabin-style lodgings as well as condominiums and campgrounds. Check with the Madeline Island Chamber of Commerce regarding availability. An outfitter can provide you with a navigational map: Apostle Islands shipwrecks can be located by contacting the national park service in Bayfield. While you’re on the Island, visit the historical museum for inter-active displays that show the history of the local Ojibwa Indians. The Island also offers many hiking trails along the lakeshore and through the wetlands. You might also be interested in renting a moped or bike, canoe or take a guided kayak tour. Apostle Islands vacation destination-yours to enjoy.
Celebrate the first weekend of June on Madeline Island!
Visitor Appreciation Days at Madeline Island Museum
Explore Madeline Island’s storied past at the Madeline Island Museum for half-priced admission. (Kids 17 & under FREE!). Experience more than 300 years of Island history, from Ojibwe lifeways to the fur trade, from missionaries to loggers, from boat building to fishing and more! Special children’s exhibits and activities. Located ½ block from the ferry landing in downtown La Pointe, the museum is open 10am to 4pm. Owned and operated by the Wisconsin Historical Society.
The Madeline Island Ferry Line will provide complimentary return passenger fare with admission to the Madeline Island Museum (ticket must be picked up at the Madeline Island Museum). Ticket is valid on June 1 or 2 only for return to Bayfield. Vehicles and bicycles must pay regular ferry fare.
FREE!! Shuttle to Big Bay State and Town Park
Experience what visitors have called “the best beach in northern Wisconsin” at Big Bay Town Park! Picnic area with covered pavilion, fishing and canoe rentals. Bridge spans beautiful lagoon.
Leave your car on the mainland. FREE shuttle service to Big Bay Town and State Park offered between 10:30am and 4:30pm on Saturday, June 1 and Sunday, June 2. Pick up location @ Madeline Island Museum. Last shuttle will leave the Town Park at 4:45 pm & State Park at 5:00 pm.
Open House at Big Bay State Park
Explore Madeline Island’s natural beauty while enjoying outdoor fun at Big Bay State Park with FREE vehicle admission. Located 6 ½ miles from downtown La Pointe, Big Bay State Park offers seven miles of hiking, boardwalk and natural trails, beach access, picnic areas and camping.
FREE Fishing Weekend in Wiscosnin!
Fish without fishing licenses or state trout stamps.