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Big Bay State Park

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Type: State Parks, Outdoors
Activities: Camping, Biking
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Owner description: Year-round park located on Madeline Island, offering camping, swimming, hiking, fishing and picnicking.
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Baraboo, Wisconsin
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48 reviews 48 reviews
14 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

We have visited Big Bay many times in many seasons and in varying weather. In 2013 we went out on the northward facing rock outcropping - going over the fence - as 30 mile per hour gusty winds from Canada crashed huge waves against cliffs. Spray hit us, it was chilling, it was wonderful! It is equally wonderful when calm,... More

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East Granby, Connecticut
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43 reviews 43 reviews
16 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

The day was perfectly sunny to take a ferry from bayfield to Madeline island. Drove clockwise on county road h, picked up the gravel road through the canopy trees. We were a week early for peak fall colors. At the point there's a tiny private sandy beach with lots of waves. Park entrance has well equipped restrooms, and good information.... More

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Fargo, North Dakota, United States
11 reviews 11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

This park has some of the best views of Lake Superior on the island. It can be a bit of a trek but very worth it if you finish the entire hiking trail in the park.

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Chappell, Nebraska
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

We spent one day with our 3 children hiking around and playing on the rocks. There were good trails with different loop options and a ton of access to the cliffs. We ran into some people cliff jumping and had fun with that. Our 2 year old was a bit tough a times being close to the edges so I... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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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60 reviews 60 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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170 reviews 170 reviews
53 attraction reviews
123 helpful votes 123 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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60 reviews 60 reviews
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17 helpful votes 17 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
16 helpful votes 16 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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