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Madeline Island

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Very relaxing

This was a nice get-away for us, but since it was off season and we went mid-week, we didn't have... read more

Reviewed 16 September 2018
Wheaton, Illinois
Hidden gem

We took our car on the ferry and explored the entire island...it is a real hidden gem. Enjoyed the... read more

Reviewed 1 September 2018
Cherie P
Pahrump, Nevada
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  • Average16%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible2%
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“ferry ride”(23 reviews)
“town park”(22 reviews)
Madeline Island is the largest island of the Apostle Islands, located in Lake Superior in Wisconsin. Forget the clock – you’re on island time! Stroll the sandy beaches and relax to the rhythm of waves rolling in. Watch and feel the breezes blowing...more
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WI 54850
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Reviewed 18 September 2018

I've traveled extensively and have found few places which compare to Madeline Island. The color and clarity of Lake Superior along the shores of the island are astonishing. The rocks and cliffs are breathtakingly beautiful. The island is accessed by a short ferry ride, which...More

Thank Leslie S
Reviewed 16 September 2018

This was a nice get-away for us, but since it was off season and we went mid-week, we didn't have many choices of restaurants. We highly recommend bringing bikes.

Thank MNoreen
Reviewed 10 September 2018

Madeline Island is the largest island in the Apostle Island chain and is located just a short 25 minute ferry ride from Bayfield, Wisconsin. The island is 14 miles long by 3 miles wide and is the only developed island in the Apostle Islands. The...More

Thank rockyjoe
Reviewed 1 September 2018

We took our car on the ferry and explored the entire island...it is a real hidden gem. Enjoyed the day.....diassappointed we could not play golf because it was so wet. Enjoyed seeing the island, saw deer, and enjoyed the candle store and eating there.

1  Thank Cherie P
MadelineIsle, Manager at Madeline Island, responded to this reviewResponded 7 September 2018

Thanks for the visit and the review. We are happy you had enjoyable experience on Madeline Island. Come back and see us anytime!

Reviewed 25 July 2018 via mobile

We loved our 3 night visit and would totally return and stay for longer! We swam and bikes and hiked and ate ice cream :-) The ferry ride over is delightful!

2  Thank travelcloak
Reviewed 16 July 2018 via mobile

The island it’s self is cute. It offers beautiful views and a nice beach area with a couple of places to eat and shop. You can rent bikes, mopeds or tandem bikes to ride along the island. The ferry ride is about $14 round trip...More

6  Thank shanay1017
Reviewed 15 July 2018 via mobile

Maybe not so hidden, but this is a beautiful place to see. State beach park, old Native American cemetery, tons of wildlife, and on a hot summer’s day a dip in the lagoon just perks you right up! This was our second visit and we’ve...More

1  Thank cheezburgee
Reviewed 10 July 2018 via mobile

Madeline Island is so much fun, I went there in the fall last year. Not as crowded in the summer. we rented mopeds, and went to Big Bay State Park. Don't forget to go to Tom's burned down Cafe, highlight of the island. Lake Superior...More

3  Thank wendy m
Reviewed 10 July 2018 via mobile

Take a ferry over to this awesome"hidden" treasure. We went here on vacation last year and can't wait to go again. Kayaking, scooter rentals, or hit up Tom's Burn down Cafe.

1  Thank Alyxa H
Reviewed 2 July 2018

Madeline Island offers great hiking in the State Park and at the Town Park, both parks on Lake Superior. Kayaking on Superior is pretty special when the water is calmer. Swimming in Superior is refreshing on a hot day. Great star gazing. And a visit...More

1  Thank Kate C
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Nearby AttractionsSee all 4 nearby attractions
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3 September 2018|
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Response from MadelineIsle | Property representative |
Hi Tracy! Pets are allowed in the state and town park, but rules do apply! Please visit the Wisconsin State park website for more information. Thanks!
23 July 2018|
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Response from MadelineIsle | Property representative |
Yes, there are shops and restaurants available within walking distance. Mid-September, you may find that not all businesses are open during certain days of the week. It is important to check the Madeline Island Chamber of... More
Doddie W
6 September 2017|
Response from MadelineIsle | Property representative |
We are going to point you towards Bayfield, Wisconsin- just across the Bay. Bayfield is a quaint town with an assortment of Victorian style homes, specifically the Rittenhouse, which is an historic B&B and restaurant... More