Snow Depth and Groomed Trail Conditions

McCarthy Beach State Park

Trail conditions:

Snowmobile and ski trails have closed for the season due to seasonal melt. Some spots of icy snow pack remain in shadowed areas. Sunny areas are snow free.

Trail conditions: closed
Trail groomed? yes
Trail base: 0-2"
Trail mileage: 4.0
Difficulty: beg. to int. (track)  
Trail conditions: closed
Trail groomed? yes
Trail base: 0-2"
Trail mileage: 7.0

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.


  • An unheated picnic shelter is open at the picnic grounds on Sturgeon Lake.

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Last updated on April 16, 2020. Local snow depth is 0-6".

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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