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Big Bay State Park

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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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Chicago, Illinois
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

Lovely hiking trails, pretty scenery, some terrific views of Lake Superior, the interior lagoon or estuary, the dramatic lakeshore rock formations. One can also rent canoes or kayaks there, and swim in the lake. A lovely way to spend some outdoor time.

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Carlsbad, California
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61 reviews 61 reviews
30 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Park isn't very big and there is not many hiking trails. Beach is nice and has a decent boardwalk area between the beach and lagoon. I would recommend hiking on some of the other islands if you really want a nature experience.

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Springfield, Illinois, United States
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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161 reviews 161 reviews
50 attraction reviews
107 helpful votes 107 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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42 reviews 42 reviews
18 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
3 helpful votes 3 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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178 reviews 178 reviews
69 attraction reviews
81 helpful votes 81 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
27 helpful votes 27 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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