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Firewood Notice: Firewood is not allowed on Wisconsin State Park, Trail or Forest properties from more than 10 miles away from the destination campground, unless it is certified by WI DATCP. The certified wood has been processed to kill harmful pests and diseases they may have hidden inside.
In addition, firewood that has been in a Wisconsin EAB quarantined area is not allowed on properties outside of the quarantined area. Please buy firewood nearby or at the property you are going to. Call the DNR toll-free Firewood Hotline 1-877-303-WOOD (9663) for information before packing for a trip.

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Status: Open year round.
Max reservation window: Wed Apr 27 2016


Located on Madeline Island, Big Bay State Park features picturesque sandstone bluffs and 3.5 miles of Lake Superior shoreline. The park also has a boardwalk.

Services & Amenities:

Within Facility
  • Comfort Station
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Disabled Access Only
  • Drinking Water
  • Fire Rings
  • Fishing
  • Flush Restrooms
  • Group Camping
  • Handicap Access
  • Hiking Trails
  • Hunting
  • Parking
  • Picnic Areas
  • Picnic Tables
  • Pit Toilet
  • Ranger Station
  • Showers
  • Snowshoeing
  • Swimming
  • Telephone
  • Toilet, Pit/Vault
  • Water Fillup Station
Alerts and Important Information

Big Bay State Park is open year round. Since the park is located on an island, it is accessible only by boat or by ice. Complete Madeline Island Ferry Line fees and schedule can be accessed at: www.MadFerry.com.

During winter, recorded Ice Road conditions and Windsled information can be heard at: 715-747-5400. Bon voyage. No out of state firewood is allowed. Wisconsin firewood from more than ten miles outside any Wisconsin State Parks and Forest property will not be allowed to be brought onto the property.

The park is open for camping all year round. Reservations can be made up to 11 months ahead of time. Most campsites are reservable for camping on April 15th through November 1st. Reservations are highly recommended for 3 different periods of the year: (1) Memorial Day Weekend, (2) mid-June through Labor Day, (3) Bayfield's Apple Fest (early October).

Campsites 26-30 available year round
Campsites 1-25 available April 1, 2015 until November 30, 2015
Campsites 31-60 available May 15, 2015 until October 15, 2015
Reservation season is May 15, 2015 through October 15, 2015

Shower/flush toilet building opens approximately May 22, 2015
Shower/flush toilet building closes approximately October 5, 2015
Dump station (operated by the Town of La Pointe and located by the airport) opens approximately mid-April 2015
Dump Station (operated by the Town of La Pointe and located by the airport) closes approximately end of October 2015
These facilities are weather dependent and dates can change. Check with the property if you have questions.

For information regarding hunting in Wisconsin State Parks follow this link to the DNR web site Click here for more information

About the Admission fees, please Click Here for reference.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
46.79472, -90.66194
46°47'41"N, 90°39'43"W

Big Bay State Park is located on Madeline Island.
You must catch a ferry from Bayfield. The ferries run every 30 minutes during the busiest months. Ferry schedule & costs can be found at the Madeline Island Ferry Line Website www.madferry.com. No reservations are needed for the ferry, but are recommended for camping.

The park is 6 miles out of town from the ferry landing. You will drive off the dock and turn right. Go two blocks through town. Turn left at the gas station, and head out of town. Signs will help lead you to the park.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

2402 Hagen Road P.O Box 143
La Pointe   WI  54850

Phone Number:

Information:  (715)747-6425