In Northern Wisconsin on Madeline Island, Big Bay State Park is home to a one-and-a-half-mile beach, a campground, and stunning views of Lake Superior. With so much to do and room to do it, Big Bay State Park has something for everyone!
On land at Big Bay State Park, guests can camp, hike, picnic, and hunt and trap, with the appropriate permits. During the winter, visitors can snowshoe, hike, and cross-country ski. The trails are multi-use but are not groomed during the winter.
On the water, guests can fish, swim, and no-wake boat around the bay, the lagoon, or the sea caves around the point. There is no launch for boats in the park, but boats can be launched from the public landing in Bayfield or the private one on Madeline Island. There is a privately-owned vendor that rents out kayaks and canoes at the town park. Unfortunately, dogs aren’t allowed on the beach in the park.
Big Bay State Park is open year-round from 6 AM to 11 PM. Admission fees start at $8 for Wisconsin residents. You can make camping reservations in advance by calling the park’s office or by visiting the park’s website. In Wisconsin state parks, pets are permitted in most campgrounds and on most trails and roads, but visitors must keep dogs under physical control at all times.
Leashes cannot exceed eight feet in length. You should not let your dog become a nuisance to other park visitors or disturb wildlife. If you hike with your dog, come prepared with enough water for both you and your pet. Bring waste bags with you and always clean up after your pet. Be respectful of posted signs where dogs are not permitted.
If you are in Northern Wisconsin and looking for a great beach spot to take in some sun, camp, or enjoy the waters of Lake Superior, come with your furry friends to Big Bay State Park.