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Located on Madeline Island, Big Bay State Park has a 1.5-mile beach, Locationa family campground and outdoor group camp, picnic areas, a 1.3-mile boardwalk and more than seven miles of hiking and nature trails with incredible views of Lake Superior.

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Contact information
For information, contact:
Big Bay State Park
2402 Hagen Rd.
La Pointe, WI 54850

Wisconsin State Park System Big Bay State Park

Big Bay State Park overlooking Lake Superior

DNR Photo

Reserve campsites at Big Bay State Park.

COVID-19 Update

All Wisconsin state park system properties are now operating 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. seven days a week.

Note: Saturday-Sunday, June 6-7 is Free Fun weekend and no admission stickers or state trail passes are required these two days.

An annual park sticker or trail pass is required to visit state parks and trails. Annual park stickers only, can be purchased online. State trail and other passes can still be purchased over the phone by calling 1-888-305-0398 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., seven days per week. Buy before you go: annual passes are NOT available for purchase at individual properties. Visitors must have an annual admission sticker adhered to their vehicle or proof of purchase for entry.

Most restrooms at most state parks are now open. Some remote water fountains may be closed in the day use areas.

Beginning June 10, 2020 standard campgrounds at Wisconsin State Parks will open. Group campsites, day use facilities (shelters and amphitheaters) and Rock Island State Park will remain closed through June 30.

All buildings, observation towers, playgrounds, concessions and rentals remain closed at all state parks and forests. For more information, please see:

Properties may be limiting admission based on capacity. Please make sure to seek out current property information on our website before visiting:

Park information


  • The park is open year-round from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.


Madeline Island Ferry boats [exit DNR] operate on regular schedules between Bayfield and La Pointe from April to December. County Highway H loops around Madeline Island from La Pointe. To get to Big Bay State Park, take Highway H counterclockwise (Middle Road) from La Pointe about four miles to Hagen Road and continue east on Hagen Road about 2 miles to the park entrance. Geographical coordinates are 46° 47' 18" N, 90° 40' 25" W.

No launching facilities are available at the park, but boats can be launched at the public landing in Bayfield or at a privately operated landing on Madeline Island. (Consult the Coast Guard at Bayfield for Lake Superior navigation information).



Last revised: Wednesday May 06 2020