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Local Beaches for Your Elopement or Intimate Wedding

The beauty of our area comes from Lake Superior and the land around us. So many couples have their destination wedding here because it’s a beautiful place to get married, they can make a vacation out of the trip with their guests, and because this area may hold a special place in their heart.

If you are not completely familiar with the area you may not be aware of all the places along Lake Superior that you can get married at! We’ve put together a great list of local beaches that are perfect for an elopement or very small ceremony. Enjoy!

Little Sand Bay
Located 15 minutes north of Bayfield in the very northern tip of our county, Little Sand Bay offers a campground, beautiful sand swimming beach, playground area and more. Dune grass lines the beach with plenty of forest nearby.

Big Bay Town Park
Madeline Island has public beaches of its own, Big Bay Town Park being one of the most popular for visitors and weddings. A beautiful wood staircase and bridge bring you to the sandy beach, which also has some pine trees if you’d like to combine beach and trees! Keep in mind this location is not recommended if you have a guest that cannot make it down/up a tall staircase or walk a small distance.


Meyers Beach

Located between Bayfield and Cornucopia, Meyers Beach is part of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, managed by the local National Park Service. Meyers Beach, pictured above, offers plenty of sandy beach perfect for an elopement or small ceremony.

Things to keep in mind: There is a $5 parking fee and a staircase to get down to the beach. When you get to the beach head away from the staircase for your ceremony, just in case the kayaking groups arrive during your ceremony and begin bringing down the kayaks and equipment to kayak to the sea caves.

Cornucopia Beach
Located 25 minutes from Bayfield, Cornucopia Beach features 6.3 acres of sandy beach to the west of the marina. Pictured at the very top, this sandy beach offers a very long beach where you can spread out and adventure around the dune grass and water.

Bayview Town Park
Located just south of Bayfield, the beach at Bayview Town Park can be accessed from Bayview Park Road or Friendly Valley Road. With views of Madeline Island, this sandy beach pictured below is perfect for those wanting to stay close to Bayfield but get out on the sand!


A few things to keep in mind when planning a beach ceremony, no matter the size:
1. The water level is different from year to year. We recommend you or someone check the beach before your ceremony to see what the water level is like this time of the year. What may have been a large sandy beach in years past may now only have 5 feet to work with.
2. Keep an eye on the weather, because it can change quickly around Lake Superior.
3. Depending on the time of the week/year, the beach may have a lot of visitors. This is something just to consider and take into account.

We hope this was helpful for you! A great resource is this Bayfield County interactive map– click “play” on the left then “beaches” on the top!