Big Bay State Park Article

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Big Bay State Park
Wisconsin's Big Bay State Park (2008).jpg
Wisconsin's Big Bay State Park (2008)
Map showing the location of Big Bay State Park
Map showing the location of Big Bay State Park
Location of Big Bay State Park in Wisconsin
Map showing the location of Big Bay State Park
Map showing the location of Big Bay State Park
Big Bay State Park (the US)
Location Ashland, Wisconsin, United States
Coordinates 46°48′0″N 90°40′22″W / 46.80000°N 90.67278°W / 46.80000; -90.67278
BIG BAY STATE PARK Latitude and Longitude:

46°48′0″N 90°40′22″W / 46.80000°N 90.67278°W / 46.80000; -90.67278
Area2,350 acres (9.5 km2)
Elevation643 ft (196 m)
Established1963
Governing body Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

Big Bay State Park is a state park of Wisconsin, United States, on Madeline Island, the largest of 22 Apostle Islands in Lake Superior. [1] The 2,350-acre (951 ha) park has picturesque sandstone bluffs and caves and a 1.5-mile-long (2.4 km) sand beach. It encloses unique habitat types including lakeside dunes, sphagnum bogs, and old-growth forest. Bald eagles return annually to the park to nest and rear offspring. [2]

The park, established in 1963, has picnic areas with tables, grills, water and toilets; a campground with drinking water, showers and toilets; an indoor camp for nonprofit groups; an outdoor group camp; and more than 9 miles (14 km) of trails, including nature trails. The park is open year-round, though winter visitation is mostly limited to hunters, snowshoers, and cross-country skiers. [2]

All vehicles are required to purchase an admission pass, though pedestrians and bicyclists may enter free. To reach the park, visitors must take a 20-minute ferry ride from Bayfield, then travel approximately 5 miles (8.0 km) east on Highway H. [2]

References

  1. ^ "Big Bay State Park". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey.
  2. ^ a b c "Big Bay State Park". Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. 2012-05-09. Retrieved 2012-06-30.

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