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View of Madeline Island from the Madeline Island Ferry, La Pointe, Wisconsin

On most occasions when we've visited Madeline Island, we've taken our motorhome as we were staying more than one day. But if your visit is only for the day, you can cut the ferry fare by more than half by taking the ferry as a passenger without your car or motorhome. Most everything of interest is within walking distance: artisan and specialty shops, restaurants, coffee house, taverns, Madeline Island History Museum, and more. If you want to tour the island you can rent bicycles or scooters and still come out money ahead.

Madeline Island, the most southern island of the Apostles, is steeped in history - both for the Ojibway-Anishinabe peoples and Europeans who later founded trading posts, missionary outposts, and eventually the town of La Pointe. The Objibway occupied the area for several hundred years prior to encounting French exployers in the 1600s. The first European trading post was founded in 1693 by Pierre Le Sueur on the south end of the island which he operated until 1698. More than a century later the American Fur Company built their post at essentially the same spot. The Madeline Island Historical Museum now occupies this same historic ground.

Restaurant Reviews & Links

Bell Street Tavern Madeline Island
On our most recent visit to the island, we were disappointed to discover one of our favorite dining places, The Bell Street Tavern, had closed. Lots of rich woodwork and attractive ambience, plus decent food and service.

Tom's Cafe

But Tom's Burned Down Cafe just down the street is still going strong.

Tom's Burned Down Cafe

Formerly Leona's Bar that did in fact burn down & then rose from the ashes like the Phoenix to become the creation of Tom Nelson.

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Tom's stylish
Front Entrance
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Tom's friendly
Rear Entrance

Tom's Burned Down CafeThe "classy" front lawn of Tom's Burned Down Cafe. The sign advertises "Good Fast Cheap Food." Well I think I can agree about the "cheap" but don't think I'd risk finding out about the rest! If Cafe Seiche is for the discriminating diner, Tom's is the anti-Seiche - Good fun and merriment for the indiscriminant patron!Tom's Burned Down Cafe


If you drop something on the floor, someone's pooch will take care of it for you.

arrowSee Tom's Burned Down Cafe & the Bell Tavern in the Winter

Madeline Island Restaurant Reviews & Links

The Beach Club -
Good food, reasonable prices - see our review here

cafe seiche

Cafe Seiche -
Gets 4 to 5 stars for quality of food & service, but also upscale in price.

Grampa Tony's -

Mission Hill Coffee House -

The Pub Restaurant & Wine Bar -
Gets 3 to 5 stars from reviewers, upscale pricing, but less than Cafe Seiche

Madeline Island Historical Museum

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The propeller from the former tugboat Ashland decorates the front lawn of the Madeline Island Museum. The original museum buildings were created from four historic buildings on the island brought together on the museum site. It includes the last remaining structure (1835) of the American Fur Company complex, an old Madeline Island Barn, the former La Pointe town jail, and the former Old Sailor's Home. More recently there have been modern additions to the museum complex, adding the Carter Center Exhibit Hall and a Walkway Gallery.

Madeline Island Museum Events

Visitor Appreciation Weekend
June 2 - 3, 2018

Connecting Cultures: Exploring the Lake Superior Fur Trade
Jul 13 - Jul 15, 2018

Anishinaabe Cultural Days - Museum Open House
August 18 - 19

Commemoration of the Treaty of 1854
Sept 29 - 30

Madeline Island Museum Events Calendar

Historical Museum Madeline Island

The sign outside of the museum stockade explains this historical site. The stockade represents the kind of enclosure commonly used around French forts and trading posts > > >

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< < < An array of 19th century logging tools are displayed on the side of the original log museum. This structure is part of the last remaining building from the 1835 American Fur Company outpost.

Historical Museum Madeline Island

More Logging Camp tools and artifacts are displayed inside along with trades tools involved with boat building, fishing, carpentry and coopering. > > >

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< < < Memorabilia from Michael Cadotte and Father Baraga.

Historical Museum Madeline Island


This room is furnished with artifacts from an
early 20th century settlers cabin. > > >


Other museum artifacts include items from early Ojibwa life, including a dugout canoe that was carbon dated to between 350 and 500 years old.


More Madeline Island Attractions

Motion to Go Madeline Island

< < < During the summer "Motion to Go" is one of the busiest enterprises in town offering scooters, bikes (including tandems), and buggies for rent. A great way to tour the Island.

Swimming and picnicing is available in downtown La Pointe only a few blocks from the dock at the public beach.

Jonis BeachJoni's beach

There are also nice swimming beaches in the town park and state park along Big Bay (7 miles from the dock).


Island Cafe

Madeline Island Golf Course. Golfers will enjoy a round at Madeline Island Golf Club, a Robert Trent Jones design with many unique features.


madeline island beach

Agate Hunting, Rock Picking and Beachcombing. A remote beach on the north end of the island showed good potential for agate finds. We also met a lady and her son doing some major league agate hunting at the Big Bay Township Park beach. See more Agate Hunting Beaches here.


Links to More Madeline Island Attractions

Island Market Madeline Island

Island Market - general store website

Adventure Vacations - kayak, boat tours, beach shop website

Horseback Riding - Hippophile Farm website

Woods Hall Craft Shop - Locally made artisan crafts, gifts, wares, and souvenirs website

Bell Street Gallery - Art Gallery, Bar, and Boutique website

Dockside Gift Shop - website

Madeline Island Candles - website

Madeline Island Links

Some helpful links for visiting and touring Madeline Island:

Madeline Islands Fall Festival
Apostle Islands Lighthouse Festival

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Joanne's Scandinavian Christmas

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