Point to LaPointe Swim
Swimming to the island has been a storied feat around the Bayfield area for decades. Point to LaPointe started as a community swim for 24 people in 2006. The event is now a race featuring more than 400 participants. Swimmers have encountered all of Lake Superior's moods over the years, from calm, flat water to strong crosswinds with 2 foot waves. The course follows the path of the winter "ice road", starting in Bayfield and landing at a beautiful family home on Madeline Island. Spectators take the ferry across which offers views of the race. The event is a fundraiser for swim programs at the Bayfield Area Recreation Center. Casual swimmers can still enter the community event and bring their own escort.
The fastest known time from shore to shore was set by Scott Tripps, Wayzata, MN 43:02.1 in 2015. The fastest known time by a woman was set by Karen Zemiln from Eden Prairie, MN in 2011 - 44:44.2.
The Point to LaPointe Swim to Madeline Island was recently selected as one of the top 50 swims in the United States by Open Water Source. Point to LaPointe was chosen as #28. As a relatively new event we are honored by this distinction and will continue to improve and grow our event In the future. For details, see here http://www.americastop50openwaterswims.com
Registration for August 6, 2016 is now open.
Please note: Next year's 2017 date for Point to LaPointe will be
July 29, 2017 to avoid conflicting with USMS Summer Nationals in Minneapolis.
The Point to LaPointe Swim is a fundraiser for the Bayfield Area Recreation Center. The Rec Center is a true community center, featuring an indoor swimming pool and fitness room in downtown Bayfield. From kids taking swim lessons and martial arts, to senior doing physical therapy, the Rec Center provides family recreation for the greater Bayfield Area, hosting over 35,000 visits annually. It's our small town version of a YMCA, and yes we have a youth swim team!
A number of Point to LaPointe swimmers are raising money for the Rec Center via pledges and sponsors. To donate to one of these swimmers, click here
HEAVY VEHICLE DETOURS - JULY 2016
Recent flooding has closed some regional bridges. You should have NO PROBLEMS if you are driving a car or light truck. Those of you driving an RV or pulling a trailer can consult a detour map