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Madeline Island

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Type: Islands
Activities: Sailing, Camping, Dining, Shopping, Swimming, Biking
Description: The largest of Lake Superior's Apostle Islands and the only one that is commercially developed.
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Carlsbad, California
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59 reviews 59 reviews
29 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

Island was fine. We rented bikes and went to the state park on the other end. Ferry over is a little pricey with a car but runs very often. Not a whole lot on the island. If your looking for hiking go to one of the other ones where you can actually see some wildlife.

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North Branch, Minnesota
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

We took the ferry over to Mad. Island which was pricey. First off, many of these establishments only accept Visa or Discover. Ella's Cafe only accepts cash and there are two ATMs; one at the Beach Club and one at Lori's Store. Ella's has great food, but it can take awhile to get. The Beach Club food was awesome as... More

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
2 reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

Wow - I'm shocked by all of the negative reviews here. This island is one of my favorite places. I've been visiting several times a summer for 20 years. It's very laid back, has super nice people, beautiful scenery. It just feels "real" and it's a very refreshing escape. My kids love it too. The White Fish Tacos at the... More

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Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
10 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

During the first week in June, we five women ( ages 56-66) rented mopeds for a few hours and explored Madeline Island. It took us only a few laps on the practice parking lot to get the hang of the mopeds, and we were off. I highly recommend this activity. We all loved seeing the parks, homes and side streets... More

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
14 reviews 14 reviews
6 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

Everything on Madeline Island was very nice. I little pricey to ferry over, but camping was really nice. The showers were ok, the one I used had a clogged drain..

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Grand Rapids, MI
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251 reviews 251 reviews
141 attraction reviews
193 helpful votes 193 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2014

We camped on the island for two nights. The campground was nice. It had both open and semi-private sites and adequate facilities. I was worried that there would be a long line for showers (I think there were only two in the women’s restroom), but it went pretty quickly. You can walk from the campground to the beach area, but... More

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Palatine, Illinois
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152 reviews 152 reviews
47 attraction reviews
101 helpful votes 101 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2014

We visited last week because driving to Madeleine Island via the ice road was too much fun not to try! We only had a few minutes to check out the island but I'd go back for the art school and also to hike Big Bay.

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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406 reviews 406 reviews
262 attraction reviews
258 helpful votes 258 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2014

I was here in summer and there were plenty of places to eat, but in winter most are closed. We mostly went over because the ice road was open, and we were excited to try it. If you go and enjoy nature, be sure to drive out to the state park and walk around a bit. Lovely frozen coastline. We... More

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Naples, Florida
16 reviews 16 reviews
9 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2013

Take the ferry to the island and enjoy the island life. Great resturants and saloons. Seems like you are floating on Lake Superior. You can take your vehicle on the ferry or rent a scooter when you get there.

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Mt. Vernon, IL
1 review
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2013

I recently visited Madeline Island as part of the Madeline Island Yoga Retreats. Both the retreat and the Island were fantastic. Amy Annis was a great yoga instructor and ambassador to the Island. We visited several local restaurants that served delicious food in a pleasant environment. The views while hiking and kayaking were truly breathtaking. I would highly recommend this... More

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