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Big Bay State Park Campground, Madeline Island

Madeline Island, WI
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Long Lake, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Nice beach. Warm for swimming on big bay town park section of beach. Very nice walking Boardwalk. Nice kayak & biking Poor cell service. No weather radio at campground ! & severe weather did roll in & when asked camp host & rangers about weather they did not have any useful information. Got weather from a 6 yr old that... More 

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Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I made an impromptu trip to Bayfield and decided to take the fairy to Madeline Island. This State Park was nice and the views along the shoreline were beautiful. This would be a great shoreline to follow on a paddleboard or kayak.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

Don't reserve site 34. We were stuck there for 5 days. Bathroom super hiway with one tree between picnic table and traffic. This site was the drainage ditch for this entire new camp ring. Honestly, it was never dry. We had to cut our routes to drain puddles....mud mud mud. This loop of sites was looking great and is new.... More 

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4 Thank csweihe .
Winnipeg, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

The Park is beautiful and the campsites are large, quiet and most are well shaded. Book about 6 months before going as the sites go very quickly and there are only a few walk up sites. You can check for walk up sites at the ferry entrance as they post if the park is full there or you can phone... More 

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3 Thank nkleiman
Jackson, Wyoming
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 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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10 Thank Kathleen F
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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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10 Thank GeoHI
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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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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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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Additional Information about Big Bay State Park Campground, Madeline Island

Address: Madeline Island, WI
Location: United States > Wisconsin > Apostle Islands
Number of rooms: 60
Also Known As:
Big Bay State Park Campground, Madeline Island Hotel Apostle Islands
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