Big Bay State Park

4.719 Votes Currently Open [Closes at 11:00 pm]
  • Address: Wisconsin, United States, 54850, Apostle Islands
  • Timings: 06:00 am - 11:00 pm Details
  • Phone: +1-7157476425
  • Time Required: 02:00 Hrs
  • Tags: Park, Family And Kids, Landmarks, Parks

Big Bay State Park is one of the top-rated state parks in Wisconsin and is located on the Madeline Island which is the largest of all the islands that make up the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore. This 2,350-acre park has picturesque sandstone bluffs, caves, and a 1.5-mile-long sand beach. Many ecological formations like lakeside dunes, sphagnum bogs, and old-growth forest can be seen here. A popular camping and hiking site, this park has picnic areas with many amenities. Bald Eagles are known to return annually to this park.

  • Big Bay State Park Address: Wisconsin, United States, 54850, Apostle Islands
  • Big Bay State Park Contact Number: +1-7157476425
  • Big Bay State Park Timing: 06:00 am - 11:00 pm
  • Time required to visit Big Bay State Park: 02:00 Hrs
  • Try the best online travel planner to plan your travel itinerary!
Are you associated with this business? Get in Touch
  • 63.33% of people who visit Apostle Islands include Big Bay State Park in their plan

  • 95% of people start their Big Bay State Park visit around 11 AM - 12 PM

  • People usually take around 2 Hrs to see Big Bay State Park

Wednesday and Saturday

95% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Big Bay State Park

People normally club together Michigan Island Lighthouse and Imagine Gallery & Studio while planning their visit to Big Bay State Park.

* The facts given above are based on traveler data on TripHobo and might vary from the actual figures

Big Bay State Park Reviews & Ratings

  • An absolutely stunning park. Everyone should experience it. The trails and views are second to none. Be aware that there are only 4 flush toilets and 2 showers per gender for the entire park. It's not a huge camping area so it wasn't a big problem, but you may have to wait for a shower. The only reason I gave it 4 stars rather than 5 is because only 2 of the 4 toilets flushed properly and they could have been cleaned better. There were the same smears on the walls the whole 6 days we were there and it could have easily been wiped off. Also be advised that you need to go to the airport for a dump station. The beach is amazing as are the trails around the park. You can fairly easily bike into town and there are little stores that have everything you need. I am so glad we had the opportunity to camp in this park. The pictures do not do it justice.

  • You can hike in from big town for free. But you should consider donating at big bay if you go there. It may be a few miles walk but the board walk is pretty. The bluffs is gorgeous and water really calls you. I didn’t like how crowded it was in the summer but in the fall there’s hardly anyone!! People cliff dive and it looks fun. I’m too chicken so... maybe next year :D

  • This is a special place. Since you have to take a ferry from Bayfield to get to Madeline Island the park is not as busy as most others. The sites are very private. Good spot for easy biking. The shoreline is gorgeous. Note that the dump station is located several miles from the park at the airport. If you're taking an RV on the ferry it can be pricey. Our 26' travel trailer plus pickup was $210 round trip and it was a thrill with 3' waves on the trip to the island.

  • Very beautiful place on the island. Loved exploring it. Feels like edge of the world. Park is huge and is easy to explore with the maps all around the park. Also parking is available at all major spots. Cliff is beautiful and very short walk from the parking. Just minutes from the cliff is beach, also beautiful. However, there are so many mosquitoes in the park and bug spray is must. Also the park has 11$ for a day which is actually lot after paying enough for the ferry.

  • Really great camping. The beach and water is wonderful. The hiking trails are really fun to go for a walk on. Be careful however, because Lake Superior can become really dangerous.

Read all reviews
Big bay state park
  • Are any or all of these attractions dog friendly?

    Answer Report Abuse
    • The Big Bay State Park is dog-friendly, provided there are kept on a leash, no longer than 6 feet when they are out of the vehicle. 

      Report Abuse