Want to travel this summer but not sure how to do “social distancing” on vacation? Below are seven things to do in Bayfield, WI with your family on vacation!
It is time to head north! Bayfield is the perfect place to nest in the woods with family. The area has amazing local trails, vast miles of beaches, and delicious restaurants with takeout.
7 Things To Do In Bayfield, WI
Here are seven great outdoor adventures to do with your family this summer while still being able to practice social distancing!
1. Kayaking the Apostle Island National Lakeshore or Lake Superior sea caves.
Bayfield is the “Gateway to Madeline Island and the Apostle Islands,” offering some of the best sea kayaking in the Midwest. Lake Superior is beautiful and fierce. There are a variety of great outfitters in the area offering sea kayak rentals and tours.
INSIDER’S TIP: Sea kayaking and traditional kayaking are very different. If you have kids, only attempt kayaking with a professional guide. We highly recommend the Roman’s Point Sea Cave Tour from Lost Creek Adventures for families using tandem sea kayaks. The sea caves are truly amazing!
Photo via Lost Creek Adventures — Roman’s Point Sea Cave Tour
2. Golf in Bayfield with Lake Superior as the backdrop.
Enjoy golfing opportunities onshore at the Apostle Highlands Golf Course as well as on the island at the Madeline Island Golf Club. Bring your clubs, soak in the views, and consider doing both!
3. The area offers biking for casual riders, mountain bikers, and fat-tire enthusiasts.
When you visit, bring your own bike or take advantage of a rental on Madeline Island or at Howl Adventure Center.
Enjoy a slow ride around town or take the challenge of winding, hilly climbs throughout the area’s many orchards and farms. You might also enjoy
- Mountain bikers will enjoy the CAMBA trails including the Washburn Gravel Routes.
- Fat Tire enthusiasts can hit the Mt. Ashwabay trails.
- Families can take a casual ride across Madeline Island to Big Bay State Park.
After the ride, enjoy the sights and sounds of the beautiful state park.
See more photos of Big Bay State Park on Instagram
4. Explore over 40 unique hiking trails in Bayfield, Wisconsin.
Some local hiking trails are loops, some lead to waterfalls. Whether you’re looking for adventure or just want to reconnect with nature, there’s something for you.
INSIDER’S TIP: Click here for a printable PDF map of all the public hiking trails in Bayfield County.
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INSIDER’S TIP: Here’s a list of ten of the most absolutely beautiful hikes to enjoy in Bayfield.
BONUS: Get access to private trails on over 70-acres of Boreal Forest when you book a cottage at Brickyard Creek.
When you stay at the family Cedar Chalet at Brickyard Creek in Bayfield, WI you’ll get access to the community’s private hiking trails.
Find “listening points” throughout the trail system where you can sit and relax.
Or follow the wooded trail creekside, and you’re a short 10-minute stroll from the private Brickyard Creek Community beach on Lake Superior.
Enjoy the lakeside fire pit and covered picnic area by Roy’s Point Marina as you look out at the Apostle Islands.
5. Tour the Orchard & Berry Farms of Bayfield County.
The hills of Bayfield are the home to many berry farms and orchards. Visitors are invited to walk the rows and savor the beauty of the area.
Depending on when you visit, you can enjoy strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, raspberries, apples, and more!
- Late June — Strawberries, Fresh-cut Flowers
- July — Blueberries, Cherries, Currants, Gooseberries, Juneberries, Raspberries
- August — Blackberries, Blueberries, Gooseberries, Raspberries
- September — Blackberries, Blueberries, Apples, Pears, Grapes, Plums
- Year-Round — Dried Flowers, Honey, Jams and Syrups, Cider, Wine
We highly recommend the Bayfield Apple Co self-guided orchard tour for a lazy afternoon with the family!
6. Enjoy amazing birding on the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore!
One perk of staying in the Boreal Forest of Brickyard Creek is the incredible variety of birds who live and migrate through Bayfield County. Some say we have the BEST birding opportunities in the state!
Brickyard Creek’s geographic location on the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore along with the surrounding area provides an important refuge for birds. The area has been identified as one of the heaviest traveled migratory flyways in the Great Lakes Region.
Yellow-rump Warbler Photo by Becky Matsubara
7. Find the perfect spot for your family on one of the miles of Lake Superior beaches.
Everything about Lake Superior is grand, including its beaches. With miles of public beach options, you’re sure to find a spot with some space for your family.
Here are a few of our favorite public beaches in Bayfield:
- Friendly Valley
- Meyers Beach
- Big Bay State Park
BONUS: When you stay at Brickyard Creek get access to the community’s private beach.
If you’d like to skip the public beach, you’re welcome to take advantage of the Brickyard Creek community’s private beach during your stay.
Simply follow the wooded trail creekside, and you’re a short 10-minute stroll from the beach overlooking the Apostle Islands.
It is the perfect place to start and end your days in Bayfield. Sip coffee as you watch the sunrise. Or watch the kids skip rocks in the lake as you watch the sunset reflect off the lake.
Having easy lake access is a must if you’re visiting the area!
Book Your Escape Now
Learn more about this family cottage for five here. Summer dates book fast, so grab your reservation today.