La Pointe is located in Wisconsin’s Ashland County. La Pointe is on Madeline Island just north of the Chequamegon Bay. The community has a population of 246 and was originally a French trading post in the 1600’s. Madeline Island is the largest of the Apostle Islands, 14 miles long and 3 miles wide. It is the only island not overseen by the National Park service. Ferry boats run from Bayfield every ½ hour during the summer season and scheduled service is from April through early January. In winter, travel is on the ice road to and from the island. There is also a public airport on Madeline Island.
The island’s charm and natural beauty make it the perfect spot for those vacationers who want an escape from the everyday no matter what the season. Try your hand at tennis or a round of golf, rent a canoe or kayak or bike and get up close and personal with birds and wildlife. In addition to sandy beaches and sparkling water, the island community also offers gift shops, picnic facilities, and restaurants ranging from casual to gourmet cuisine. For lodging, Madeline Island offers a motel, cottages, cabins, private homes and condominium rentals. Big Bay State Park and Big Bay Town Park are both open for camping.