Describe Your Event

The race is a 2.1 mile, point to point swim that starts in Bayfield, Wisconsin, and proceeds across the waters of Lake Superior to land on beautiful Madeline Island. Swimming to Madeline Island has been a storied feat around the Bayfield area for decades.

​The event began in 2006 with 24 swimmers and has developed into the thriving event it is now with 650 swimmers. The race serves as the largest fundraiser for the Bayfield Rec Center – supporting year round recreation, youth swimming and sailing classes, senior exercise and socializing, and a community hub.

Swimmers have encountered all of Lake Superior’s moods over the years, from calm, flat water to strong crosswinds with 2 foot waves. This event is registered with and approved by the US Coast Guard. US Coast Guard and US Coast Guard Auxiliary boats will monitor and patrol the event as a component of the Safety Team.


North America

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