The beaches along the Town of Bayview's shoreline provide a clear view of Madeline Island and Chequamegon Bay.
Leaving Washburn and traveling the twelve miles north to the City of Bayfield, the visitor drives through gently rolling open fields with a mixed hardwood backdrop which gives way to pine and cedar forests. Within the first mile out of Washburn the traveler can access the Houghton Falls State Natural Area. Designated in 2010, this magical land of gorges, waterfalls and green glens was sacred to the local Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa.
Two healthy rivers, the Onion and Souix, provide water access along this stretch of the Byway. Lake views and lake peeks let the traveler know that they are still close to the great lake “Gitchi Gummi.” You know that you’ve arrived at the big lake as you drive through the Town of Bayview. This transition area brings the traveler to the wooded shoreline of Lake Superior. Beach frontage runs parallel to the Byway for 1.5 miles at Bayview Beach.