2020 Point to La Pointe Swim

Join us on Saturday August 1, 2020 for the 14th 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 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.

2020 Apostle Islands In-Line Skate Marathon

Saturday, June 20

If gliding along smooth pavement through scenic woodlands offering breathtaking views of Lake Superior sounds like your idea of skating heaven, the Apostle Islands Inline skate marathon is the perfect event for you.

This unique inline race has something for every skating enthusiast and skill level, including a full marathon, a little more than a half marathon and fun race. The 8.7 mile looped course features a combination of flats, curves, straightaways and two hairpin turns on Lake Superior island of Madeline island. This is an exciting event for both spectators and participants. For more details and registration information go to www.apostleislandsinline.com

Enjoy Nature on Madeline Island

Big-Bay- Lagoon

A Madeline Island map will show you that there are many spots to visit on the Island by car or bike. Gorgeous sand beaches stretch a mile or so from Big Bay State Park to the Town Park, but that’s not the only beach on the island. There’s Joni’s beach close to town. The beach that joins the parks is a barrier beach, one of few in the United States. Behind the barrier beach is a lagoon which is home to countless types of wildlife, and you can take a walk on the board walk that goes through the lagoon. Various signs along the way will explain what you are seeing. For a closer experience with nature, you can even camp in either of these parks (Big Bay Town Park or Big Bay State Park). For Mother Nature at her majestic best, you can get a view of other islands and Michigan from the lookout at Big Bay Point. Watch the waves as they crash up on the boulders there and imagine what thousands of years of weathering have done to them. Short hiking trails wind along the shoreline, and frequently you can see eagles soar above the pine trees. Various wetlands have been preserved in their natural state through the Madeline Island Wilderness Preserve. You can hike longer trails through these wetlands. At the end of your day in the wild, relax and have a soak in a hot tub-many of the island’s accommodations have them-or watch a pink and blue sunset give way to a starry night on the lake. Most bars and restaurants have outdoor seating for you to enjoy.

Get Away to Relaxing Madeline Island

If you’re looking for a unique vacation experience, Madeline Island Wisconsin has it all. From water sports-fishing, sailing, swimming, kayaking-to hiking, camping, or just sitting on the beach, this quiet island in Lake Superior will give you the peace and quiet you’ve been looking for. From the moment you drive onto the ferry, you know that this vacation will be different. You feel the stress slipping away as you make the two mile trip across the lake to the island. The Island is an easy drive from Chicago, Madison or Minneapolis, and the Madeline Island Chamber of Commerce can provide you with all the information you need to plan your trip. The island is only 42 square miles so come and explore the hiking trails and beaches; visit the state park and see ancient rock formations and wildlife viewing areas. Madeline Island is a great place to show your kids nature and wildlife as it was intended to be. All kinds of rental equipment are available on the Island. You can rent bikes and mopeds, canoes or stand up paddle boards by the hour or by the day. You can take a guided kayak or arrange for boat tour. ¬†Boats are available for charter with captains and bare boat. Camping is certainly an option, but you can also rent a cabin or condo. And, of course, because the Island is small, you are never far from the water! So plan your vacation to this idyllic spot where summer temperatures are moderate and the air is clean and healthy.

20  Washington Avenue
Bayfield, WI 54850 (ferry landing on mainland)