Seasonal Update

Water: Campground water is off. Water is available at the park office.

Drinking Water: Water is available year-around at the park office. Campground water will be turned on by May 9th IF conditions allow.

Bathroom Facilities: The campground bathroom building is scheduled to open May 9th, however this may be delayed due to our late spring. Vault toilets in the park are available year-round.

Showers: The shower building is anticipated to reopen on May 9th, 2014, if conditions allow.

Dump Station: The water is off at the dump station. It typically reopens in early May.


Campgrounds: Winter camping is no longer available at McCarthy Beach. The campgrounds will reopen sometime after April 1st, depending on when the snow melts.

Electric Sites: The park has 21 electric sites. These typically book a year in advance for the peak summer season.

Special Notes for RV Campers: The campground has narrow roads with sharp turns; may not be suitable for some large RVs.

Reservations: Highly recommended during the summer. All sites are first-come, first-served during late fall and spring.


Contact Notes: There are no set office hours during the off season, but the office will be open as staff is available. Mornings are the best time to reach someone by phone. Self-registration is available when the office is closed.


Trail Notes: McCarthy Beach has 18 miles of hiking trails, 17 miles of mountain bike trails and 12 miles of horse trails. The park has 9 miles of cross-country trails and 12 miles of groomed snowmobile trails available in the winter. The park snowmobile trails connect to the Taconite State Trail and the Tim Corey trail. Non-heated trail shelters are available. Snowshoeing is permitted anywhere in the park except on groomed ski trails.

Season Rentals: The park rents canoes, kayaks, and row boats for $10/4 hrs or $20/day. A paddle boat is available to rent for $5 per hour with a $10 minimum. Two Stand Up Paddleboards are available to rent for $10 per hour. Rental season is Memorial Day to Labor Day. The picnic shelter in the park can be rented for $35/day. Call the park to reserve. No winter rentals at this park.