Madeline Island Ferry Line

Bilingual Sign Project

Gidanamikaagoo Omaa Mooningwanekaaning, that means “welcome to Madeline Island” in Anishinaabe (also called Ojibwe), the native language of the Ojibwe Tribes. According to Jordyn Flaadda, Ojibwe language translator, “Madeline Island is often called the spiritual home of the Ojibwe people, who have lived here since hundreds of years before the first arrival of European fur traders and missionaries. … Read more

House Breaks Through Ice

On Wednesday, March 2, 1977 a ten ton truck hauling a 20 ton trailer and townhouse over a freshly plowed ice road broke through 16 inches of ice. It happened only 1 mile from its destination near the Pub on Madeline Island. The story made international news. The following stories appeared in the Island Gazette: House and Tractor … Read more

Eldorado Takes a Plunge

Island Gazette, Madeline Island In Lake Superior From: Vol. 47 No. 5 June 21 – August 3, 2010 (Reprint from April 1982) Woody Petersen’s Eldorado Takes A Plunge Frank Woods “Woody” Petersen of Omaha, Nebraska and the island has placed himself (involuntarily) in the Island “Ice crossing Hall of Fame”, and has done it in … Read more

Record Setting Cold Winter

Island Gazette, Madeline Island In Lake Superior From: Vol. 51 No. 2 January 21 to March 11, 2014 2014 Has Been A Record Setting Cold Winter Dec. Jan. Feb. Total days that went above 32˚ were only 8. The  average is 29˚ This year we had the most days in at least the past 24 … Read more

Row Around Madeline Island

Island Gazette, Madeline Island In Lake Superior By Matt Collins, From: Vol. 46 No. 6 July 28 – October 6, 2009 Lost in Fog, Summer Visitor Finds Meaning in Row Around Madeline Island A perfectly appropriate reaction to anyone who has rowed around Madeline Island would be to ask, “Why bother?” There is no sanctioned race, … Read more