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.

It is an exciting time for the park, and users will find a new entrance, an organized parking area, a new picnic shelter with fireplace for day trippers and campers alike, a woodshed, 900 ft of new beach boardwalk, a new comfort station with a park attendant office, pay showers and flush toilets and new flush toilet bathroom at the far end of the campground. You will note all roads are now one way, including through the parking lot, so please pay attention to signage and parking directions.

There is new reconfigured numbering for 61 campsites, including the 23 new sites, 22 with electric, in the campground addition across the road. Also available are six new remote, tent only campsites, along the Lagoon Ridge Trail.

Reservations are available online (see button below) with a credit card; few spaces are left unreserved each night for walk-ins. There is a picnic area, fishing, canoeing, swimming, and two miles of sand beach. From the top of the hill, the view is breath-taking, the best on the island. The long staircase heads down to the beach, over a bridge spanning the outlet for the inland lagoon.

Tent sites: $23/ night

Electric Sites: $29/ night

This park is owned and operated by the Town of LaPointe.

Picnic Shelter Rental Form: Recreation Center & Shelters Rental Form

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

Town Reservation System which requires a credit card

Click on button to reserve your desired location,
requires a credit card


RECREATION CENTER - 715-747-3031 / 715-747-6913  

Please call the Town Hall at (715) 747-6913 for availability of the Rec Center building and shelter. Anyone wishing to use the Recreation Center Building must contact the Town Foreman to make arrangements for getting the Recreation Center key and for returning the key to the Foreman 715-747-6855. Please contact the Town Foreman at least one week before the event. 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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