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Bayfield and Madeline Island & Wisconsin Northwoods

Picturesque and charming...
Bayfield features the natural beauty of the vast waters of Lake Superior, stunning rock formations and six historic lighthouses considered the finest collection in the country.

Bayfield is also the gateway to the stunning Apostle Islands National Lakeshore; 22 gem-like coastal islands that are home to lighthouses, sea caves, hiking trails and terrific blue-water sailing. The area is also a center for deepwater fishing, sailing and kayaking. Visitors will fine several restored Victorian mansions that now operate as country inns or bed-and-breakfast establishments, performing arts, shopping and fine dining. The Madeline Island Ferry crosses the bay on a 3-mile trip to Madeline Island, the home to Big Bay State Park and the Madeline Island Historical Museum.

Wisconsin Northwoods
The spectacular wooded country that stretches across the northern third of Wisconsin is a land of lush forests, sparkling lakes and rushing rivers. The Namekagon River, part of a National Scenic River System, flows gently near Hayward. With only a few small rapids, this slow-moving river is perfect for family canoeing.

The Great Divide National Forest Scenic Byway, a 29-mile route on Highway 77, takes motorists through the heart of the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest (from Hayward to Glidden) and offers views of rolling hills, sparkling lakes and rivers and abundant wildlife.

Wisconsin's Northwoods offers numerous outdoor recreational opportunities including fishing, camping, hiking, canoeing, boating and biking.

Sailing in Bayfield
Sailing in Bayfield

Apostle Island
Apostle Island



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Source: WI Dep. of Tourism
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