Attraction Spotlight: Madeline Island Ferry

Posted by Kris Lindahl on Thursday, June 4th, 2015 at 9:30am.

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If you're looking for one of the best ways to enjoy the waterways, the Madeline Island Ferry is a good choice. It's found at the gateway to the Apostle Islands in Northern Wisconsin. The ferry provides cars, passengers and bicycles with transportation from LaPonte to Bayfield. It's a 25-minue trip with excellent views of the 22 Apostle Islands and Lake Superior.

The Madeline Island Information Station

Start your journey by visiting the Madeline Island Information Station. It's found across from the Bayfield ferry landing area. The information station provides plenty of information about the many businesses and attractions throughout the area. You will also find information about museums, parks, shops, restaurants, artistry and lodging. This is a great way to prepare yourself before the ride.

The Ojibwe People

Madeline Island has been known as the spiritual home for the Ojibwe people for hundreds of years. They settled in the area before the first fur traders from Europe showed up or any missionaries made their way to the rea. The island was named Mooningwanekaaning by the Ojibwe people, which means home of the golden breasted woodpecker.

As you visit the island, you are likely to learn a few words from the language. There are many bilingual Anashinabe and English way-finding signs found throughout the area.

Why Visit Madeline Island?

The ferry isn't the only thing you will find in the Madeline Island area. When you take the ride and enjoy the incredible views, you will know why you chose to visit. However, here are a few other reasons to visit Madeline Island:

  • The 22 Apostle Islands known as a hidden gem of Wisconsin
  • Plenty of sandy beaches
  • All types of Hiking and Biking
  • Paddling found throughout with kayaking and canoeing available.
  • Amazing Robert Trent Jones Sr. designed golf course
  • Known as one of the Coolest Small Towns in all the United States
  • Amazing, unique shopping options
  • Plenty of fine restaurants for dining and drinking
  • And More!

If you still need a reason to visit, the history and the arts will provide just what you're after. You can even enjoy camping on the shores of Lake Superior.

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