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Big Bay State Park Campground, Madeline Island

Madeline Island, WI
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
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    3 of 5 stars
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    3 of 5 stars
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    3.5 of 5 stars
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    3.5 of 5 stars
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Jackson, Wyoming
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2013

All considered, most likely the best state campground I have every visited. The nearby beach was amazing. There was a very well maintained nature path. Restrooms were clean and camping spots had good access to beach. Park is about 5 miles from town.

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17 reviews 17 reviews
9 hotel reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2013

First off, when hitting the road to tour on a tight accommodation budget, we like to mix it up between motels and quick'n easy overnight camping. To that end, we've found State Parks to be a safe bet, with the added bonus of some unique natural beauty, just outside our 'door.' So for us, this looked like a great opportunity... More

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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26 reviews 26 reviews
13 hotel reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2013

The park is just a beautiful spot with wonderful camping. The boardwalk hike along the shore has excellent viewpoints of the surrounding woods and Lake Superior. We camped this fall as it is almost impossible to find a camping site without advanced planning and reservations. I just wish they would update the shower facilities with the volume of campers needing... More

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La Crosse, Wisconsin, United States
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24 reviews 24 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2013

Big Bay State Park is beautiful. The beach was wonderful. The water was a little cold but it was still fun. The kids like building sand castles. There were shorter hiking trails by the lagoon for people who don't want to go a long hike. There are awesome rock formations. It is a great area to get family pictures done.... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2013

My boyfriend and I were looking forward to a weekend in Big Bay State Park but it was hands down, the worst camping trip we have ever been on. It rained off and on the 20 days prior to our visit (mid June) and this resulted in a biting black fly infestation that made it unbearable to do anything: camp,... More

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Madison, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2013

About 6 miles from town (bring your bike, the shoulder is big and road relatively flat, in good condition), this state park is pristine. Kayaks can be rented & paid in town then just meet up at the beach right here. Another alternative is to drive to the park adjacent to the campground and launch your own, or if your... More

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Eau Claire, Wisconsin
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2012

This was our first visit to Madeline Island. We camped for two nights in Big Bay State Campground. Round-trip ferry price was $57 for 2 adults, 1 child and 1 car. Overall, the stay was very nice. Our campsite backed up against the forest and gave our daughter plenty of area to explore. We ventured on two trails and both... More

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Cold Spring, Minnesota
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68 reviews 68 reviews
13 hotel reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2012

This island is big and beautiful. We took the ferry over with our car, 2 adults and one child $57. We first drove around the island and it is mostly forest. We ate lunch in town and then went back to the state park. The state park is clean and the beach is beautiful. The water is shallow for 100... More

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Watertown, WI
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46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2012

My wife and I went here on our Trip back in September. The ferry ride was nice. Once on the island, we drove to the Park. We walked from a parking area to the beach and were taken away by the beauty of Big Bay Beach. The water was clear and surpisingly warm ! The hiking trails were nicely marked... More

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Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2011

Some campgrounds are noisy, some are nasty (bathrooms that is), some aren't secluded, and some are too secluded. This one was just right! The ferry ride was great and the town was beautiful. Yummy ice cream too! We had a very nice spot next to our extended family and not far from the bathrooms. There was a nice boardwalk to... More

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Address: Madeline Island, WI
Location: United States > Wisconsin > Apostle Islands
Also Known As:
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