Trail Snow Report

McCarthy Beach State Park

Trail conditions:

We have only gotten a small amount of very light snow since last week, no major changes. The Big Hole trail is clear and there is about 1.5 inches of snow, making the trail fair for cross country skiing. The trail is not groomed as yet. The Taconite Trail through the park is not groomed yet, conditions are still poor as there is not enough snow. The ice fishing has begun however if you are looking to start your winter fun!

Trail conditions: fair
Trail groomed? no
Trail base: 1"
Trail mileage: 0.0
Trail conditions: closed
Trail groomed? no
Trail base: 1"
Trail mileage: 12.0

The trail(s):
The trail system winds through birch and pine forests, with rolling hills and steep ravines. Deer, grouse and songbirds can often be seen, plus the occasional wolf track.
You can snowshoe anywhere in Minnesota's state parks and recreation areas, except on trails that are specifically groomed for another activity, such as skiing or snowmobiling.


  • Winter camping is no longer available at McCarthy Beach. The campground will reopen on or after April 1st, depending on when the snow melts from the campground roads.

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Last updated on December 09, 2018. Local snow depth is 1.5".

Getting there

7622 McCarthy Beach Road
Side Lake, MN 55781

From Hibbing, take Highway 169 north to County Road 5. Head northwest for 15 miles on County Road 5 to Side Lake. The park office is one mile west on the McCarthy Beach Road. To reach the ski trail parking lot, continue north on Hwy 5 instead of turning. The Ski Trail Road is one mile north of Side Lake on the left. The parking lot is 100 yards in on the right. No facilities are available at this parking lot.


Phone: 218-274-7200
Email: [email protected]
Contact hours vary through the winter. Please leave a message and someone will return your call.

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