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, vans and truck campers, trailers, RVs
61 sites
Up to 6 guests per site
Park at listing
No ADA access
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Potable water available
Showers available
Picnic table available


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Suzy A.
didn't provide a recommendation.
June 27th, 2016

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.

Campsite 047, in the West Loop.  The best sites here are located in the outside loop.  The ground is nice and soft, with hemlocks and pine surrounding the campground.Purple lupins flood the meadows on Madeline Island, in Lake Superior.Sandhill cranes call Madeline Island, in Lake Superior, home.  This crane wandered into Big Bay's campsite when I stayed there in early June.
Hipcamper El
El P.
didn't provide a recommendation.
September 15th, 2016

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

-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

-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.

Site 23; near trails, near pit toilets, and still wonderfully private and nestled in the trees.Beautiful shoreline along Barrier Beach.Placid evening on Big Bay.A nearby historical marker about the island.
Hipcamper Anna B.
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August 20th, 2017
Big Bay State Park
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46.788° N, 90.676° W
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