Trail Snow Report

McCarthy Beach State Park

Trail conditions:

The warm weather and rain impacted the trails and grooming is currently suspended unless we receive significant snow. There is still enough snow for a last cross country ski or snowmobile ride but conditions are icy and many hills have exposed rocks. The Ridge Trail is not recommended at this time, due to lack of snow. For skiing we recommend starting by the park office and enjoying the views of the Lake Shore trail along Side Lake, or start at the Ski Trail parking lot and ski the Big Hole trail loop. Pickerel lake is difficult to access, the road is in poor condition.

Trail conditions: poor
Trail groomed? no
Trail base: 0-3"
Trail mileage: 0.0
Trail conditions: poor
Trail groomed? no
Trail base: 0-3"
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 March 21, 2019. Local snow depth is 18".

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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