Destination guide

Escape to the Apostles on Madeline Island

With its characterful village and quirky locals, Madeline Island is a fantastic place to experience Lake Superior. It's part of the rugged Apostle Islands group which dot Wisconsin's northern tip. While it was once a thriving fur trade post, today the laid-back island is one of the state's most coveted summer retreats. Dreaming of an island escape? Look to the northern tip for a string of secluded Madeline Island vacation rentals just steps from the beach.

Things to do

Learn something new at the Madeline Island School of the Arts

Operated by the Wisconsin Historical Society, the Madeline Island Museum showcases an eclectic collection of local relics. Golfers will jump at the chance to tee off at the Madeline Island Golf Club, while little ones will love the mini-putt course in La Pointe. From writing and painting to photography and quilting, the Madeline Island School of the Arts runs a host of unique workshops. It's housed in a beautifully restored Wisconsin dairy farm and is a great place to mingle with friendly locals.


Soak up the street scene in lively La Pointe

The village of La Pointe serves as the beating heart of Madeline Island, and is dotted with artsy caf_s, bohemian bars, and colorful eateries. Not to mention a myriad of boutique stores selling everything from hand-poured candles and sea glass jewelry to local art and novelty t-shirts. Want to stay local? From rustic cabins to lakeside condos, Madeline Island vacation rentals put you in the heart of La Pointe. Forested and windswept, the Apostle Islands are laced with cliffs, caves, and rocky beaches. Local companies offer seasonal boat rides around the islands, with kayaking excursions and hiking trips also popular.


Soak up Madeline's summer calendar

Madeline shines during the summer, when legions of vacationers flock to the island. From outdoor yoga classes and community farmers markets to beach clean-ups and craft workshops, Madeline Island hosts a colorful calendar of summer events. While crowds taper off in winter, it can be a magical time to visit. From windswept walks on the beach to romantic nights by the fire of your Madeline Island vacation rentals property, winter is one of the most enchanting times to visit the Apostle Islands.

Natural features

Discover the Apostle Islands

At 14 miles long and 3 miles wide, Madeline Island is the biggest of the Apostle Island chain. It's also the only island that isn't part of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore. Stretching along the banks of Lake Superior, the Lakeshore Trail winds its way past cliffs, beaches, and sea caves. Along the way you could spot bald eagles, falcons, and even black bears. If you feel like a change of scene, the bustling resort town of Bayfield is a 25-minute ferry ride away.

Can I find a vacation rental around Madeline Island?

Yes, our 2020 property listings offer a large selection of 133 vacation rentals near Madeline Island. From 43 Houses to 21 Cabins, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Madeline Island for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Madeline Island?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Madeline Island. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Michigan: 10,325 vacation rentals
  • Minnesota: 3,244 vacation rentals
  • Upper Peninsula of Michigan: 1,581 vacation rentals
  • Bayfield: 146 vacation rentals
  • Lake Superior: 854 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Madeline Island! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Madeline Island?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Madeline Island:

  • Bayfield: 146 rentals
  • La Pointe: 134 rentals
  • Ironwood: 98 rentals
  • Washburn: 189 rentals
  • Hurley: 79 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Madeline Island?

HomeAway offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in Madeline Island. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Apostle Islands Mainland Sea Caves: 143 rentals
  • Apostle Islands Cruises: 146 rentals
  • Apostle Islands Marina: 148 rentals
  • Madeline Island Ferry Line: 148 rentals
  • Dreamcatcher Sailing Day Trips: 148 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Madeline Island listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.