“Enjoy the Picturesque Bluffs!”
Big Bay State Park is in the U.S. state of Wisconsin on Madeline Island, the largest of 22 Apostle Islands in Lake Superior. The 2350 acre park has picturesque sandstone bluffs and caves and a 1.5 mi long sand beach. It encloses unique habitat types including lakeside dunes, sphagnum bogs, and old-growth forest. Bald eagles return annually to the park to nest and rear offspring. The park, established in 1963, has picnic areas with tables, grills, water and toilets; a campground with drinking water, showers and toilets; an indoor camp for nonprofit groups; an outdoor group camp; and more than 9 miles (14 km) of trails, including nature trails. The park is open year-round, though winter visitation is mostly limited to hunters, snowshoers and cross-country skiers. All vehicles are required to purchase an admission pass, though pedestrians and bicyclists may enter free. To reach the park, visitors must take a 20 minute ferry ride from Bayfield, then travel approximately 5 miles (8.0 km) north on Highway H.
The place itself is stunning. Lake Superior at its most beautiful -- sunsets, sailboats, sand, and sun. The campground is adequate. Pros: nice rangers and staff people, reasonably spaced campsites for privacy. Cons: the restrooms -- smelly, unclean, often out of order.
Beautiful day and gorgeous beach. Fun walk with the kids.
There's so much to do here and it's absolutely gorgeous! We visited in late fall and there had been a lot of rain already, so we weren't able to stay as long as we would have liked (temperatures dropped, storms rolled in, and our site was already partially under water). We'll definitely be back.
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