We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Review Highlights
Beautiful coastline

We biked here from town, which was an easy ride. Then we just walked the short path along the... read more

Reviewed 15 September 2018
Wheaton, Illinois
Interesting and well cared for park

We were really impressed by this state park - they have nice paths to explore and everything is so... read more

Reviewed 9 August 2018
Seattle, Washington
Read all 62 reviews
All photos (105)
Full view
Traveller Overview
  • Excellent71%
  • Very good24%
  • Average4%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“big bay”(6 reviews)
“hiking trails”(5 reviews)
Year-round park located on Madeline Island, offering camping, swimming, hiking, fishing and picnicking.
2402 Hagen Rd, La Pointe, WI, WI 54850-1500
+1 715-747-6425
Reviews (62)
Filter reviews
62 results
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Show reviews that mention
All reviews boardwalk trail big bay hiking trails bay view flora and fauna ferry ride lake superior madeline island rock formations awesome beach long hike bug spray campground picnic bike camping waves
Updating list...
1 - 10 of 62 reviews
Reviewed 15 September 2018

We biked here from town, which was an easy ride. Then we just walked the short path along the coastline, but it was beautiful. Overall, I highly recommend the combo.

Thank MNoreen
Reviewed 10 September 2018

Big Bay State Park is a Wisconsin State Park and is located on the eastern shore of Madeline Island. Madeline Island is the largest island in the Apostle Island chain and is located just a short 25 minute ferry ride from Bayfield, WI. This park...More

Thank rockyjoe
Reviewed 9 August 2018

We were really impressed by this state park - they have nice paths to explore and everything is so well cared for. We went to the cliffs where people were jumping into the lake (not endorsed by the park system but looked super fun and...More

Thank erikashaffer
Reviewed 19 July 2018

I think all state parks are beautiful, and it is hard to rank them critically, because they all have an adventure to offer. But I was tad disappointed with this state park. My family and my friends' family took our 5 kids (ages 5-10) for...More

3  Thank lovesgoldens
Reviewed 2 July 2018

Stop along your hike to sit on the red rocks (sandstone) and soak up some Superior air. If it's stormy, watch the waves crash. Walk the trails and see giant hemlocks and white pines plus lots of wildflowers and thimbleberries and blueberries (later in the...More

Thank Kate C
Reviewed 29 May 2018 via mobile

This park is big and has a lot places to camp, to hike and to make a picnic or stay with your family! It very very organized!

1  Thank Siane Camila L
Reviewed 2 April 2018

Beautiful park and stretch of beach on Madeleine Island, Wisconsin. This is off of Bayfield in Lake Superior, so the water is cold, but the setting is very pretty. A ferry ride is required from Bayfield to LaPointe, on the island. A great place to...More

1  Thank jonesrl2016
Reviewed 3 October 2017 via mobile

We have camped here twice now. It's a beautiful place and the campground is better than average. Camp sites are far apart, so you have more privacy. (Though it also means a longer walk to the bathroom!) The island is gorgeous and we drove around...More

1  Thank kristinfreymn
Reviewed 17 September 2017

We went bike camping to big bay. Nice remote place away from everyone. Beautiful park with some of the clearest water we've seen. At night we could see so many stars. Quite breathtaking.

1  Thank A and M
Reviewed 16 September 2017 via mobile

I hadn't been back since 2015. The water wasn't as clear and blue on the day we went due to the oncoming rain, but the hike was still fantastic. There are easy trails and we took the ones near the rock formations. We went down...More

2  Thank xiththesolivagant
View more reviews
Nearby HotelsSee all nearby hotels
The Inn on Madeline Island
69 reviews
5.26 miles away
Winfield Inn
238 reviews
6.75 miles away
Harbor's Edge Motel
106 reviews
6.84 miles away
The Bayfield Inn
376 reviews
6.85 miles away
Nearby RestaurantsSee all nearby restaurants
Beach Club
223 reviews
5.45 miles away
Candy Shoppe
227 reviews
6.97 miles away
Tom's Burned Down Cafe
136 reviews
5.38 miles away
The Copper Trout
446 reviews
7.01 miles away
Nearby AttractionsSee all 4 nearby attractions
Big Bay State Park
67 reviews
.11 miles away
Big Bay Town Park
60 reviews
2.21 miles away
Madeline Island
195 reviews
5.43 miles away
Questions & Answers
Ask a question
2 April 2018|
Response from kacoffey |
Nope. They have sites for campers too at Big Bay State Park. I'd suggest checking out the state park on Reserve America.
16 October 2017|
AnswerShow all 2 answers
Response from xiththesolivagant | Reviewed this property |
Two things I’d suggest: 1. Just call and ask. 2. If you really don’t want to call the park, you can make reservations online. Through this, you can get an idea of how many campsites and what kind of campsites are currently... More