Description

Big Bay Campground has got a bunch of electrical hook-up sites close to restrooms ‘n’ showers, and a slightly more primitive group site for up to 40 if you’re trying to include the distant cousins in this here git-together. Before you pack in, familiarize yourself with the rules and regs (they’re pretty much common sense).
Campsite area
Bring your own tents, cars, vans, tra...
No. of sites
61
Access
Park at listing
Group sizes
Up to 6 people per site
Fires allowed
Potable water available
Toilet available
Showers available
Picnic table available
No RV hookup
Boating
Fishing
Hiking
Paddling
Snow sports
Swimming
Wildlife watching
Biking
Horseback riding
Wind sports
OHV
Climbing
Surfing
Whitewater paddling

The vibe at Big Bay Campground

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Hipcamper Suzy

You'll need to catch the ferry (auto and passenger) from adorable little Bayfield, Wisconsin. It takes about a half hour to cross to Madeliene Island, and from there it's a short drive to the campsite and Big Bay. The campsites are basic, not very scenic but decent enough. The outer loops are fairly private, with enough trees and vegetation between sites to keep things personal. Our site -- West Loop 047 -- had a small stream in the back, but nothing so big that mosquitos were a problem. Try to find an outer loop site for maximum privacy. There are nice bathrooms and showers at this campground, and a cozy little visitor center/park office, with souvenirs, interesting books to check out library-style, and friendly staff.

Hipcamper El

Stayed here early September, 2016. Superb!
Wood bundles cost $5, bundle your own

Pros:
-Get to take a cool ferry out to the island
-Outer loop sites are indeed private! (Thanks, Suzy)
-No road noise or light pollution! Quiet, and dark.
-Many recycling receptacles, even for propane canisters
-Outrageously beautiful beaches, with short walks/hikes (~quarter mile or less) to access them
-Small grocer, laundromat, coffee shop, souvenir shop, and post office all easily accessible at the ferry landing

Cons:
-Ferry trips can get expensive; round-trip for a vehicle and two passengers will run around $50
-Stowe all foodstuffs, as the raccoons (trash pandas) are plentiful. While not aggressive, they will sneak up on you in the dark.

Park
Big Bay State Park
State
Wisconsin
Phone Number
(715)747-6425
Directions
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Official Website
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Coordinates
46.788° N, 90.676° W
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