Madeline Island Wisconsin Overview
Madeline Island’s charm and natural beauty make it the perfect destination for those who want a true island getaway. Bask in the relaxing beauty of our long, sandy beaches, walk along beautiful wooded trails, browse our shops, picnic, bike, canoe, kayak, or swim. Our two museums and downtown walking tour offer fascinating glimpses into the island’s rich past. You can also enjoy a game of tennis or a round of golf.
Madeline Island is the largest of the 22 Apostle Islands. The island is 14 miles long and three miles wide with a year-round population of 200. La Pointe, established in 1834, is the only town on the island.
Madeline Island is accessible by ferry, private boat or plane. Regular car and passenger ferry service across the 2.5 miles of lake begins in early April with ice break-up and usually continues through the first week of January. During the winter, after freeze-up, cars travel back and forth between the island and mainland on the “ice road.” At the start and end of the winter when the ice is not safe for cars, passage is by propeller-driven windsled. Winter ice conditions vary with weather. It is advisable to call ahead for winter crossing conditions (715) 747-5400.
In addition, the area offers some of the best sailing and fishing to be found. Dining choices range from casual to gourmet cuisine. For overnight visitors, a wide variety of lodging is available, including motels, B&Bs, condominiums, private cottages and homes, or camping under the stars at the Town or State Park. Both of the parks are located several miles from downtown La Pointe and require private transportation to reach.
Madeline Island provides a true retreat and opportunity to “get away from it all” in any season.