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.

Big Bay State Park

Sponsored by:
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Your filters are still active.
There are no pins in your viewport. Try moving the map or changing your filters.
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: WI
Improve this listing
Description:

Year-round park located on Madeline Island, offering camping, swimming,...

Year-round park located on Madeline Island, offering camping, swimming, hiking, fishing and picnicking.

read more

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 33 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 22
    Excellent
  • 8
    Very good
  • 1
    Average
  • 1
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Com in' Home!

We have camped at Big Bay for countless summers and go as often as we can. Kayaking off Big Bay beach, hiking the boardwalk and the trail above the lake, hanging around La Pointe... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 30, 2015
Kathleen W
,
Merrill, Wisconsin
Add Photo Write a Review

33 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Language
Merrill, Wisconsin
Level Contributor
110 reviews
44 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2015

We have camped at Big Bay for countless summers and go as often as we can. Kayaking off Big Bay beach, hiking the boardwalk and the trail above the lake, hanging around La Pointe and the museum, altogether it is one of our very, very favorite spots in the state. Pristine water, quiet camping, and occasionally a fierce storm on... More 

Helpful?
1 Thank Kathleen W
Eau Claire, Wisconsin
Level Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015

We thought this was a great place to camp. The water is so clear and the beach is narrow but long and everything is well maintained. The trails are easy to follow and the views are worth the walk. We wouldn't hesitate to return. If you are tent camping, the ground is gravel, so be aware of that.

Helpful?
1 Thank Andrea Z
St. Paul, Mn.
Level Contributor
6 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015

new adventure for us, very nice campground. getting there by ferry made it a unique camping experience

Helpful?
Thank John F
Level Contributor
5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2015 via mobile

Went to Big Bay State Park hiking and kAyaking during our camping trip in August. Beautiful and easy access for almost everyone.

Helpful?
Thank Andrea E
Grand Rapids, Minnesota
Level Contributor
22 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015 via mobile

This was our second time camping here. We went with two other families and had a blast. We camped in the walk-in tent sites which are spacious and very private. This year they had a cart to use for hauling which was helpful. The only issue with this area is that there is no toilet facility and the closest one... More 

Helpful?
Thank shannon b
Lake Bluff, Illinois
Level Contributor
12 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

Nice beach on Lake Superior - campgrounds looked nice - wanted to stay but they were full. Will definitely head here next time we head that far north.

Helpful?
1 Thank Jamie C
Chicago, Illinois
Level Contributor
6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015 via mobile

I should have done some research before I paid my $10 for my day pass. There were so many fierce biting flies it made it impossible to do anything in this park. We were covered with Deep Woods Off but apparently that does not repel this type of fly. At one point my 4 yr old was covered in 50... More 

Helpful?
Thank Michb_10
Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin
Level Contributor
115 reviews
50 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015

This was a good walk but not that scenic or fun to climb around on...I wished we could get to a beach or lower area for the kids to do something. Bought a state park pass there so that's a good thing I guess... It was nice to be out of the sun but the mosquitos came on inthe cool... More 

Helpful?
2 Thank Sara H
Avoca, Iowa
Level Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

Big Bay beach is a beautiful restful place to visit. Was a long car ride from home to get here, but well worth the trip Came with our grand kids and even my grandson commented upon seeing it for the first time, that he did not know that it would be this nice. Family had a great time and memorable... More 

Helpful?
1 Thank Michael H
Level Contributor
23 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015 via mobile

The peaceful park is worth the ferry and drive over. Nice boardwalk along the beach. A wedding party was arriving as we left. Pristine beach was great to see it preserved so well.

Helpful?
1 Thank Heather W

Travelers who viewed Big Bay State Park also viewed

 

Been to Big Bay State Park? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Big Bay State Park and other visitors
1 question
Ask a question
Questions? Get answers from Big Bay State Park staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?