About Madeline Island

What To Do:

For a small island only 14 miles long and 3 miles wide, Madeline offers a multitude of reasons to visit.  There are numerous recreational opportunities.   You can rent a bike or a moped, a kayak or a sailboat, you can hike forest and shoreline trails, visit the state park and its mile-and-a-half-long white sand beach, play golf or tennis, tour a ferry boat, or just relax and enjoy the island’s abundant natural beauty. 

Visit the Madeline Island Museum to discover the island’s fascinating history or take a class in photography, writing, painting or quilting at Madeline Island School of the Arts or listen to a concert performed at the Madeline Island Music Camp.   There are several art galleries to visit as well as gift  and craft shops and a farmers market.

Winter brings opportunities to snowmobile, cross-country ski, snowshoe, or go dogsledding or ice fishing.

          For more information about what to do on the island, check out the Madeline Island Chamber of Commerce or the Madeline Island Ferry.

Where To Stay:

If you want to stay overnight, you can camp near the beach at the State Park or the Town Park.  Or you can rent a condominium, cottage or house.  Two of the best sites to find accommodations are Madeline Island Vacations and the Inn on Madeline Island.


From super casual to gourmet, Madeline Island has a restaurant to please everyone.

  1. The Beach Club. Casual dining right near the ferry.  You can dock your boat outside.

  2. Grandpa Tony’s . The place to go for pizza and ice cream.  Roof-top deck with great views.

  3. Mission Hill Coffee Shop.  Stop by for coffee, pastries and deli sandwiches.

  4. The Pub Restaurant and Wine Bar.  Lakeside dining featuring regional Lake Superior trout and whitefish as well as steaks and stone hearth pizzas.

  5. The Seiche Café.  (Formerly Lotta’s)  Bistro featuring fresh seasonal ingredients with an ever-changing menu.  Sit inside or outside on the covered porch.  Featured in Bon Appetit magazine.  This one is Pat and Doug’s favorite! 

  6. Tom’s Burned Down Café.  Unique open-air island bar featuring live music.

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