Madeline Island Neighborhoods
Visitors to Madeline Island regularly ask us about neighborhoods on the Island. Specifically, they want to know "where Nebraska Row is" or "how do I find Grant's Point"?
Here's a brief guide to some prominent Madeline Island neighborhoods:
Mission Hill includes the area between the Madeline Island Marina & Yacht Club and what is known as Coole Park, along Old Fort Road. Homes in the Mission Hill neighborhood don't often reach the market. Often, these estate properties sell to family members and close friends.
Grant's Point is exactly where the name indicates on nautical charts. It is an area around Old Fort Road and Equaysayway Lane, with a shoreline that is, for the most part, a large area of accreted sand beach. Water depths off Grant's Point are extremely shallow, making it difficult for pleasure craft to get close to shore without running aground. There are some fine old Island estates in the Grant's Point area.
Capser Road is adjacent to Grant's Point, facing South. Capser Road is a little enclave of finer homes and estates which is close to town, yet secluded.
O'Brien Subdivision and Islewood Road are a pair of small developments just up the road from the end of Capser Road. The lakeshore homes in these areas are more recently built than what you'll find on Mission Hill or in the Grant's Point neighborhood. Shoreline bank gradually becomes higher as you move away from Grant's Point to the east.
Russell Bay and Hagen Road - Moving up the shore to the point where Chebomnicon Creek outflows into Lake Superior is Russell Bay. Just adjacent to the Bay is Hagen Road, which takes you to Madeline Island State Park.
Big Bay - The residential neighborhood on Big Bay generally refers to the strip of shoreline north of Big Bay Town Park and extending most of the way up the southeast side of the Island.
Schoolhouse Road - Chippewa Trail is on the northeast tip of Madeline Island encompassing Amnicon Point. Chippewa Trail is an L-shaped dead-end road which terminates at the Bad River Tribe area identified as Native American Tribal Fishing Grounds. Chippewa Trail is another area of finer homes, well-isolated from traffic noise and sequestered from tourist activity.
Kron-Dahlin Lane and Amnicon Bay Road - These shoreline properties are part of the Bad River Tribal lease lands controlled by the Amnicon Bay Association. Arguably this are has some of the nicest sand beach frontage on Madeline Island, with views of the Michigan Island lighthouse.
Steamboat Point is at the north and northeast tip of Madeline Island, about as far from the Town of LaPointe as you can get. The shoreline here tends to be rocky, with steep brownstone cliffs and not much access from the bank to the water's edge.
Hidden Beach is along the northernmost shore of Madeline Island, part of an association of upscale shoreline estates.
North Shore Heights and North Shore Drive is another area of more recently-built homes. The North Shore Heights subdivision was created in the late 1990s and is an area of seventeen lots, five of which are on the shore. The interior lots in North Shore Heights share deeded lake access via a trail to the water's edge and a large dock. Along North Shore Drive are many large lots, some with high bank and covered with birch or aspen. The shoreline is generally rocky or pebbly.
Sunset Bay is a popular stretch of shore line close to town and facing north towards the Red Cliff and Bayfield mainland. At night, residents there get a shimmering view of shoreline lights from the mainland.
Due west of Sunset Bay and returning to town, you encounter the Nebraska Row area. Nebraska Row is one of the two oldest residential areas on the Island (the other being Mission Hill). Nebraska Row was founded by the Woods Family in the 1890s.