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Address: 2402 Hagen Rd, La Pointe, WI, WI 54850
Phone Number: 715-747-6425
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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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Sea caves to admire

We took a one hour stay in Big Bay State Park for 5$. We first turned right. We saw some rocks on Lake Superior, but no sea caves. So went back to the left. Once near the shore we... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
Robby G C
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Toronto, Canada
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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We took a one hour stay in Big Bay State Park for 5$. We first turned right. We saw some rocks on Lake Superior, but no sea caves. So went back to the left. Once near the shore we realized this is where we kayaked that day. We had only entered one sea cave, as the water was a bit... More 

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Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I went in August 2016, along with my two nephews who have never seen Lake Superior. They were amazed and loved the trail that ran along the rocky cliffs. We saw people jumping in the water (not at the beach, but from the rocks) and it looked like a lot of fun. The views are amazing, especially when you see... More 

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Green Bay, Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We walked many of the trails in the park. The walk along the shoreline was great. There are picnic areas along the way. Out coves along the shore are very nice with the water splashing on the rocks. The woods trail could use some up keep though. Some areas had water and mud standing in it. Otherwise trails were good.... More 

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Apple Valley
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2016

Relax, hike, bike, go to the beach. Go to Big Bay Cty park and rent a canoe or Kayak. See my Madeline Island review.

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Des Moines, Iowa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2016

We visited this State Park for an afternoon while staying on Madeline Island. The long, lazy road into the park is perfect for bike riders and every time we drove it, there were at least a few pairs of people riding to and from the park. The fee for day use of the park is $11 for the day. There... More 

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Sandhurst, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2016

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2016

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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Grafton, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2016

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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Des Moines, Iowa, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2016

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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2 Thank Erica C
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2016

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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