Town of La Pointe Parks on Madeline Island in Lake Superior  

Things to see and do: Bird and Wildlife Watching, Camping, Fishing, Nature Programs, Picnicking, Cross-country skiing, snowshoeing. The Ferry boats operate on regular schedules between Bayfield and LaPointe from April to December.

BIG BAY STATE PARK - 715-747-6425 Camping Reservations - 888-947-2757

Big Bay State Park is located seven miles from the Ferry landing, this is a gorgeous family park. It features camping, picnicking, hiking along 9 trails in the park, fishing, swimming at two miles of sand beach, and interpretive programs. Big Bay State Park is a 60-site family campground with shower and an indoor group camp. There is an accessible beach boardwalk with a self-guided nature trail. Reservations are generally required, especially during July and August.

Big Bay State Park on Madeline Island - family park for hiking, picnicking, camping, fishing and swimming.
BIG BAY TOWN PARK - 715-747-3031 

This family park is located six miles from the Ferry landing.

Experience what visitors have called “the best beach in northern Wisconsin” at Big Bay Town Park. This award-winning 61-site campground and family park is one of the most impressive natural areas in not only the Apostle Islands, but the entire state of Wisconsin. 
Open year round, the park is owned and operated by the Town of La Pointe, and provides incredible views as well as the only access to the spectacular Big Bay Lagoon. Just 6 miles from the ferry dock in La Pointe, find out why Big Bay Town Park is a top choice for camping, hiking, swimming, biking, kayaking/canoeing, picnicking, beach combing, bird watching, snowshoeing, or simply relaxing on the beautiful 2 ½ mile sandy beach.

Camping reservations are encouraged and can easily be made with major credit cards. Reservations made at

Tent sites: $28/ night (includes tax)

Electric Sites: $35/ night (includes tax)


Big Bay Town Park features campgrounds, fishing, canoeing, swimming and picnic area.



Town Park sign night

Picnic Shelter Rental Form: Recreation Center & Shelters Rental Form



RECREATION CENTER - 715-747-6913  

Please call the Town Hall at (715) 747-6913 for availability of the Rec Center building and shelter.  This center is owned and operated by the Town of LaPointe.

Recreation Center & Shelters Rental Form

The same form is used for rentals of the Picnic Shelter at Big Bay Town Park as well as the Shelter at Joni's Beach.


Located on Main Street just a few blocks from the ferry landing. Joni’s beach includes a sheltered picnic area, playground, a dock and beautiful sandy beach.  Public Restrooms on-site. The Shelter can be reserved using the link above.

TRAILS (SKI & HIKING) - click here...  

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