After one of the best ice roads in years we had to say good bye but it is about time, we are looking for green grass now. On Friday April 3rd the windsled started to run and the schedule is posted at www.madelineisland.com, on the Madeline Island Chamber of Commerce site. It is hard to say when the first ferry boat will run all reports say the ice is still very thick.
The residents of La Pointe rely on the ice road in the winter as a form of sanity being able to leave with no schedule and no fee. This year's road so far is the best in a while. Conditions can always change rapidly so it is suggested that if you want to take a drive over to call the Windsled Hotline at 715-747-5400 for updates. There is also a van that runs daily. The schedule below is the windsled/van schedule depending on what is running.
Monday - Friday
Leave Island - 7:10am, 9:00am, 11:30am, 3:45pm, 4:30pm
Leave Bayfield - 7:20am, 9:30am, 1:00pm, 4:00pm, 5:00pm
Leave Island - 9:00am, 11:30am, 4:00pm
Leave Bayfield - 9:15am, 12:15pm, 4:15pm
Leave Island - 9:00am, 12:00pm, 4:00pm