Big Bay State Park


Campground Type
State Park

Wilderness Road northeast of La Pointe.
Bayfield, Wisconsin

(715) 747-6425

Big Bay State Park

Campground Details

Open: Open all year
Number of Sites: 60
Number of Sites with Electric: 15

This park on Madeline Island features picturesque sandstone bluffs with caves where Lake Superior laps at the shoreline. The 2,350-acre park has a 1.5-mile beach; campground with drinking water, showers and toilets; an indoor camp for nonprofit groups; an outdoor group camp; picnic areas; and more than seven miles of hiking and nature trails with incredible views of Lake Superior.

Bayfield and Madeline Island also offer bus tours, golfing, art galleries, marinas and the old La Pointe Indian Burial Grounds - Ojibway (Chippewa) Indians were the original inhabitants of the area.


The campground tends to fill every night of the week in the summer and reservations are strongly recommended from April 15 through November 1. You can reserve a site 48 hours to 11 months before the date of arrival. For availability and rates, including reservation fees, call toll free at (888) WI-PARKS ((888) 947-2757, TTY (800) 274-7275). Call center hours vary. You also may make reservations via the Internet 24 hours a day.

Regular (Family) Campsites

Big Bay State Park has a total of 60 campsites, 51 of them reservable. There are 15 sites that have electrical hookups; 13 of these are reservable. Showers and flush toilets are centrally located in the campground.

Seven sites are walk-in sites, these sites are about 100 to 300 yards from the parking area depending on the site.

Outdoor Group Camp

There also is an outdoor group camp for groups of up to 20 people. The group site is about a half mile from the regular campground and has a modest view of Lake Superior. It has its own hand pump and pit toilet.

Reservations for the outdoor group camp and detailed site descriptions are available online or by calling a (888) WIPARKS (947-2757) toll-free.
Indoor Group Camp

A rustic indoor group camp near the lagoon can accommodate up to 20 members of authorized nonprofit groups.

You can buy food and supplies in La Point, 7 miles from the park.

You must set up your camp unit (tent or screenhouse), on the designated tent pad. Wheeled campers and vehicles must be parked on the campsite driveway/spur road. Please help us to preserve the campsites for others to use!

If you decide to stay longer than you said when you registered, you must get an extension at the contact office before 6 p.m. on the day before your permit expires.

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