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

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

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take your car on the ferry to Madeline Island as Big Bay State Park is 6 miles across the island with quite a lot of inclines. Biking would have been hard work, nothing much to... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Sandhurst, United Kingdom
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Sandhurst, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

take your car on the ferry to Madeline Island as Big Bay State Park is 6 miles across the island with quite a lot of inclines. Biking would have been hard work, nothing much to see as you go across the island & the bikes have to share the road with traffic. Entrance to park is $11 & there's a... More 

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Sheboygan, WI
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We spent the greater part of a morning and early afternoon in the park. We hiked along several of the trails, and along the boardwalk at the beach. We also drove through the campground to scope out potential campsites for the future. Beautiful area.

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1 Thank marytini
Grafton, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We are admirers of all of Wisconsin's state parks and this is a gem. The shoreline is pristine. I loved walking and looking at all the rocks. Very clean park with deer easily seen. We only spent a day there, but we were able to hike and have a picnic. Would love to go again and spend a few nights... More 

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1 Thank PaulStreiff
Des Moines, Iowa, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We camped for three nights in one of the hike in spots. Carts were graciously provided which made hauling everything in and out much easier! Firewood on site, purchase ice on the mainland or in town and bring the bug spray!! We hiked along the shoreline and the rock cliffs are like nothing I have ever experienced. Definitely worth it!!

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1 Thank Erica C
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I was with a tour so only had a few minutes to take a peek at this gem! I will come back to the island JUST FOR THIS! The water is clear, the beach is beautiful and the scenery took my breath away. Next time, renting a kayak to explore more!

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1 Thank Shannon J
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2016 via mobile

We were traveling with our family & my parents (78 & 80). Everyone was able to enjoy the boardwalk trail! It's a beautiful, wood plank trail that goes through a big area with several access points to a beautiful sandy beach. A wonderful "hike" that can be enjoyed by all! Although my parents are highly mobile, this would be a... More 

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Wausau, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2016 via mobile

Beautiful Hike. There are 2 entrances to the park. You can hike the trails along the entire beach for a beautiful view and a scenic route. Highly recommended!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2016 via mobile

We stayed at Big Bay State Park over Memorial Day weekend, although it rained a majority of the weekend we were able to explore a lot of the park. The Point Trail is definitely worth checking out and by far one of our favorite trails. The board walk trail was also very nice. The woman's showers and bathrooms were clean.... More 

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Saint Cloud, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2016

Nice place and worth the admission fee. We did the loop of Lagoon Ridge Trail and the Boardwalk. The Lagoon Ridge Trail was well marked. It is a natural trail meaning there was very little work to it. However, the trail was easy to follow. It is quite level so it is an easy trail. The scenery was only so-so,... More 

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Merrill, Wisconsin
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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 

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