McCarthy Beach State Park
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Come to McCarthy Beach State Park and youll remember the lakes. The sandy beach on Sturgeon Lake was rated one of the top 17 beaches in North America by Highways Magazine. Walk along the half-mile of shoreline, or venture out into the shallow water that extends hundreds of feet into the lake.
Launch a boat on Side Lake or Sturgeon Lake to explore the five connected lakes of the Sturgeon chain. Hikers, mountain bikers, and skiers enjoy scenic trails that wind along pine-covered ridges and through stands of birch. Snowmobilers and horseback riders take advantage of the Taconite State Trail to access miles of trails outside the park. Located near many tourist attractions, McCarthy Beach State Park offers opportunities for both relaxation and exploration.
Tell me more about this park's wildlife, history, geology and landscape.
The Side Lake and Beatrice Lake campgrounds are open for use, but haven't been completely cleaned up. Please be especially careful with campfires in unraked sites.
The ice went off Side Lake on 5/14 and Big Sturgeon opened up on 5/16. Spring is finally here!
Water System Info:
The campground sanitation building is open and water is available in the campground. The dump station can be used for dumping, but may not have water.
Horse Campground Information:
Togo Horse Camp and Stony Brook Horse Camp are both open.
Horse Trail Info:
Most of the trail systems around Togo and Stony Brook are now snow-free, but there may be remnants of snow in shaded areas. Recently melted areas will be soft/wet, so please use caution so as not to damage the trail surface.
There is a link to a .pdf file under general camping information that has detailed information on our campsites, including which ones work well for groups. It also has important information regarding sites that won't work for large motor homes or long trailers due to sharp turning radiuses.
Please note that the loop containing sites 19 - 45 has sharp turns on the campground road, and the road leading to sites 46 - 59 is especially narrow, so even though some of these campsites are long, they may be unsuitable for large rigs.Construction Alert:
We are not accepting reservations from Labor Day 2013 through mid-June 2014 due to the planned replacement of the campground sanitation building. The campground may be open during part of this time on a first-come basis, depending on the construction schedule.
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Firewood Restrictions Information:
General Camping Information: The Side Lake Campground has narrow roads and may not be suitable for some large motor homes. In addition, a number of sites have sharp turning radiuses.
Group Camp: The camp is typically open mid-spring to fall, but water may not be available at the group camp outside of the Memorial Day to Labor Day period.
State Forest Campgrounds: McCarthy Beach State Park manages four state forest campgrounds and day-use areas: Button Box Lake, Thistledew Lake, Togo Horse Camp, and Stony Brook Horse Camp. These campgrounds are located in the George Washington State Forest. Camping is first-come, first-served at these areas. The cost is $12/night for a regular campsite and $16/night at the horse sites. For more information, call the park at 218-254-7979.
Bird Checklist at McCarthy Beach State Park.
We will be open 10 - 4 on Saturdays & Sundays in May, plus other days and times as staff is available. Please leave a message and we will return your call as soon as possible.
7622 McCarthy Beach Road
Side Lake, MN 55781
From the town of Hibbing, take U.S. Highway 169 north to County Road 5, then 16 miles to the park.