Madeline Island is the only island in the Apostle chain where development is allowed and on its western shore you will find the small, tight-knit community of LaPointe. This idyllic town’s population is less than 300 in the winter and swells to more than 2,000 in the summer. And for every group of tourists that packs up after a relaxing weekend, there are some that end up staying here for good.
Anyone who sets foot on the island will be amazed by its red sandstone bluffs and gorgeous beaches. LaPointe’s warm and welcoming atmosphere will put you at ease, while its rich history will captivate your imagination.
Despite its modest size, the town is self-sufficient, with its own police, ambulance, and fire departments. Sustainability is more than just a buzzword in these parts – it’s a way of life for the residents, who recycle and seek renewable sources of energy.
Real Estate in La Pointe
Real estate here consists mainly of single-family homes and vacant land. Most single-family homes have three to four bedrooms, along with features like skylights, stone fireplaces, and hardwood floors.
Waterfront and lake-view homes are some of the most desirable properties. Such homes often have screened porches and viewing decks to make the most of LaPointe’s unique island setting. The choicest ones command views of the sandstone shorelines and other nearby islands.
If you’re ready to explore your options, call us, Reed Realty, at 715-779-5000 or send an email to Agent(at)ReedRealty(dotted)net.
Attractions and Amenities in La Pointe
- Big Bay State Park – One of Wisconsin’s hidden gems, Big Bay State Park is known for its stunning caves and sandstone bluffs. It’s also home to Big Bay Beach, a 1.5-mile shoreline where you can spend the afternoon sunbathing and frolicking in the water. Explore the park’s bogs and forests. Go for a stroll along the boardwalk or admire the scenery from the park’s viewing platform.
- Big Bay Town Park – If you don’t feel like exploring the entirety of the state park, you can stay in the town park, where you can have access to Big Bay Beach and the boardwalk trail. Lounge by the lagoon and enjoy the peace and quiet. Go fishing, canoeing, and kayaking. Set up your own tent in any of the campsites and sleep under the stars.
- Joni’s Beach – Here you’ll find a dock and a sandy beach where you can watch ferries drift by. There’s a picnic area where you can dine al fresco with friends and family. Kids will enjoy the playground, where they can work off some excess energy.
- Madeline Island Museum – Get a glimpse of the island’s history at the local museum. Learn about the Ojibwe, the island’s first settlers, as well as the French explorers and fur traders who set up a trading post here. A wide collection of artifacts is on display. An excellent introductory film
and knowledgeable staff will make your visit worthwhile.
- Madeline Island School of the Arts (MISA) – Join an art class at MISA, one of the five most prestigious art and craft schools in the United States. The school’s instructors offer workshops on painting, photography, quilting, and writing. MISA has first-rate studios and has all the accommodations you need to make your stay productive.
- Tom’s Burned Down Café – One of the most popular stops on the island, this bar features a tiki hut, a dance floor, and a band area. An adjoining food truck serves delicious snacks. Come here for a few drinks to cap off a long day.