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Madeline Island

WI 54850
+1 715-747-2801
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We had 6 ladies in our group. Our time on Madeline Island was awesome. The beaches are gorgeous... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Gail R
Sun Prairie, Wisconsin
via mobile
Loved the ferry ride with our car.

We took the ferry with our car over to Madeline Island. A car isn't needed if you can walk... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Beloit, Wisconsin
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The largest of Lake Superior's Apostle Islands and the only one that is commercially developed.
  • Excellent44%
  • Very good28%
  • Average18%
  • Poor8%
  • Terrible2%
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“ferry ride” (21 reviews)
“state park” (37 reviews)
“beach club” (10 reviews)
WI 54850
+1 715-747-2801

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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We had 6 ladies in our group. Our time on Madeline Island was awesome. The beaches are gorgeous. Lots of things to do for all, kayaking, shopping, history, bike and moped rentals. Plenty of walking and some night life as well. This is a true...More

Thank Gail R
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We took the ferry with our car over to Madeline Island. A car isn't needed if you can walk distances. This was on my bucket list of things to do.

Thank marsha7377
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Our family took the ferry over in our car. It was $97, but worth it. We ate uptown, drove around the whole island, stayed at Big Bay State Park, and walked and kayaked the beach. Wonderful, unique, family vacation. Would recommend to all.

1  Thank rsaljg
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Its a nice small island. Gandpa Tony's is a good place to eat. There are few other option. Most of the things are reasonable in island. I stayed in Big Arns in island and it was awesome. I will visit again.

1  Thank Sudhakar S
Reviewed 11 July 2017 via mobile

The ferry from Bayfield is not cheap, especially if you take a car. Just a person is $14 round trip and you pay this plus a car fee if you take your car. There is little to see, do or shop or eat here. Save...More

Thank lambs1
Reviewed 10 July 2017

We took the ferry over with our car and had a great day. I didn't even feel that the ferry price for 5 plus a car was that bad. Well worth it to have the car along so we could pack a cooler of lunch...More

1  Thank JessPem
Reviewed 6 July 2017

Just got back from spending a girls weekend camping at Big Bay Park on Madeline Island. Weather was PERFECT! People were very friendly!! LOTS to do, our small group was busy from sun-up to sun down. We camped - hiked-explored the tourist part of the...More

1  Thank Tracy D
Reviewed 5 July 2017

I was visiting Ashland and Bayfield and used to boat the Apostle Islands when I was younger. (I have been to almost all of them at some point) While I was getting coffee in Bayfield, I decided to leave the car on the mainland and...More

6  Thank grocgroc
MadelineIsle, General Manager at Madeline Island, responded to this reviewResponded 6 July 2017

Thank you for this kind review. We appreciate how honest your interpretation of our little piece of heaven is. We are a simple place and simple places must continue to exist. We hope you visit us again, we await your return.

Reviewed 3 July 2017 via mobile

For our family of 4 with bikes it was $67. It was neat to watch them cram cars on but the island itself is not worth that amount of money to go. We biked out to big bay state park to the overlook, nothing special...More

1  Thank schultee
Reviewed 3 July 2017

A smaller island then I expected. The town on the island was very small with not much to see. I am glad I visited the island once but I would not go back again. Ferry to the island was a nice ride.

1  Thank Familytripplanner01
Nearby Restaurants
Beach Club
188 reviews
.05 km away
Tom's Burned Down Cafe
100 reviews
.07 km away
Grampa Tony's
110 reviews
.01 km away
Mission Hill Coffee Shop
5 reviews
.34 km away
Nearby Attractions
Madeline Island Museum
71 reviews
.12 km away
Joni's Beach
8 reviews
.34 km away
Madeline Island Candles
24 reviews
.09 km away
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6 July 2017|
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Response from Smotator | Reviewed this property |
I don't believe many businesses will be open in October. We were there in November and the gas station is open for a few hours once a week, there's a small coffee shop with limited hours, and a convenience shop with very... More
15 June 2017|
Response from MadelineIsle | Property representative |
Madeline Island is very accessible for strollers as well as wheelchairs. -Big Bay Town Park* and Big Bay State Park** are connected by a boardwalk with interpretive signs that will allow for a stroller. The easiest entry... More
30 May 2017|
Response from MadelineIsle | Property representative |
ON ISLAND OUTFITTERS: Big Bog Outfitters rents canoes on the beach at Big Bay Town Park, which is adjacent to the Big Bay Lagoon. Canoes can only be used within the lagoon. Canoes CANNOT go onto Lake Superior. It is... More