Ferry Service Between Bayfield, Wisconsin and Madeline Island Resumes
Today was the big day. Yesterday, the Madeline Island Ferry Line made its first crossing of 2015, opening up a narrow channel in the ice between LaPointe, Wisconsin (Madeline Island) and Bayfield, Wisconsin on the mainland. And today, the Ferry Line made its first scheduled trip across the 2.2 mile stretch of Lake Superior that connects Bayfield with the Island.
The motor vessel Island Queen made the first passage of the season through the ice yesterday late in the morning. Apparently the crew nearly turned back, but their efforts prevailed and the maiden voyage was completed within a few hours.
This annual event marks our first and most apparent sign of spring on Madeline Island. We had a very good ice road this year and a relatively mild winter in many respects. But it's time to say goodbye to winter and to reopen cabins and cottages, open stores and Island businesses and resume the flow of life in our little corner of northwest Wisconsin.