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Big Bay State Park

WI
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Type: State Parks
Activities: Camping, Biking
Description: Year-round park located on Madeline Island, offering camping, swimming, hiking, fishing and picnicking.
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Springfield, Illinois, United States
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19 reviews 19 reviews
16 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

We visited this park when it was accessible from the ice road. We were a little unsure because we had never driven on an ice road before but it was a fun experience! We walked along the trail for about an hour and a half and it was like walking into a different world. The water was frozen and the... 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 didn't leave enough time to really do this but I plan to go back. Looks like a beautiful park and great hike along the water.

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Senior Contributor
34 reviews 34 reviews
15 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2013 via mobile

We hiked the Point trail, which ran along the lakeside cliffs (where there were lots of wonderful rock formations) and then visited the beach. It was too cold to swim, but we plan to come back when it's warmer. The beach is long (over a mile) and very clean. The trail is flat, but very long, and there is only... More

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Cleveland, WI
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2013

The "bay" in Big Bay State Park is apparently warm, as people were swimming in mid-September, and protected from the usual ferocities associated with Lake Superior. Don't miss the boardwalk tour, as you learn quite a bit about the flora and fauna surrounding the area. It's a unique perspective to a beautiful spot.

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Milwaukee, WI
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

OK, we visited on a beautiful, sunny, hot day in August but I think even on a not so nice day it would still be a magnificent beach. The water was crystal clear, shallow for a long distance out and a fine sand bottom. The kids played in it for four hours straight and we had to drag them away.... More

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Hudson, Wisconsin
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170 reviews 170 reviews
69 attraction reviews
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2013

We LOVED the campground! It has lots of great sites, showers, plenty of access to water, trails, a beautiful beach, trails and a woodshed for firewood. We loved camping here and hope to return some day!

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Barrington, Illinois
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30 reviews 30 reviews
12 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2013

Our hikers love this park! Awesome views, lush flora, great rock outcrops, and fun jumping rock! Carol, President of Trailbound Trips

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Holcombe, Wisconsin
2 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2013

Beautiful views and trails. Hiked for about 6 miles with a group. Good combination of wooded paths and scenic views.

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twin cities mn
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16 reviews 16 reviews
6 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2013

Whether you love beaches or hiking Big Bay State Park has it! We mostly did hiking and found the hike along Lake Superior in the state park very easy. Beautiful scenery and a big beautiful beach if you prefer to walk along a beach. I would suggest you bring your car to the State Park as it is about 7... More

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Lansdale, Pennsylvania
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2012

Spectacular natural beauty. The hiking trails were in good condition.The restrooms were clean. I wish I lived closer!

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