McCarthy Beach State Park

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From Explore MN Tourism

Seasonal Update

Water: Water is ON in the campground but a boil order is in place.

Drinking Water: Water is available but a boil order is in place for the wells located in the campground and park office.

Bathroom Facilities: Flush toilets are available at McCarthy Beach from mid-May through Labor Day weekend. Vault toilets are available year-round. Flush toilets are available at the Side Lake campground mid-May through mid-October depending on weather. Beatrice Lake campground has vault toilets year-round.

Showers: Showers are open now through mid-October, depending on weather.

Dump Station: Dump station is open. There are no water or sewer hookups at the campsites.


Campgrounds: The Side Lake and Beatrice Lake campgrounds are open. The campground closes in late November and reopens mid - April (or later if there is still snow on the ground).

Electric Sites: Side Lake campground has 21 electric campsite. Campsites 1e through 21e are electric. Sites 1e through 18e have 30 amp electric service. Sites 19e through 21e have 50 amp electric service. Beatrice Lake Campground has no electricity.

Special Notes for RV Campers: The campgrounds have narrow roads with sharp turns; may not be suitable for some large RVs or trailers.


Contact Notes: Office Hours: September 5 - 30th -10 a.m. - 4 p.m. daily. Starting October 1st - Intermittently through April.


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 groomed 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, but snowshoers are asked to stay off of ski tracks on the ski trail system.

Season Rentals: The park rents canoes, kayaks, and row boats for $15/4 hrs or $25/day. A paddle boat is available to rent for $10 per hour. 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 $45/day. Call the park to reserve. No winter rentals at this park.