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McCarthy Beach State Park 

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McCarthy Beach State Park is located in the Iron Range region of north central Minnesota near Hibbing.

McCarthy Beach State Park

How to Get to McCarthy Beach State Park: Drive north from Hibbing for 4.1 miles on U.S. Highway 169. Turn left on County Road 5 and drive 15.4 miles to McCarthy Beach Road. Turn left and drive 1.4 miles to the park.

Park Highligh

  • Funds for the purchase of the original 135-acre John McCarthy homestead property were raised by the Chisholm and Hibbing communities and the State of Minnesota. The park was originally created in memory of those who lost their lives in WWII. The park now encompasses 2,471 acres.
  • American Indian artifacts have been excavated in the park area. Some of these include a stone spear point of Jasper Taconite and copper awls that may date back 10,000 years.

Most family vacation destinations in Minnesota include beautiful family vacation resorts, cabins, and dozens of state parks and many other top family vacations spots.

McCarthy Beach’s Natural Attractions:  The many lakes within this park are one of the main attractions. One of the lakes, however, is a standout. The soft, white sand beach on Sturgeon Lake was rated one of the top 17 beaches in North America by Highway’s Magazine. 

Many species of birds and animals reside among the stands of pine and birch in the park. These include loons, blue herons, deer, raccoons, black bears, wolves, and more

Things to Do in McCarthy Beach State Park: This is one of the best state parks in the area for fishing. By boat, you can explore the five connected lakes of the Sturgeon chain. There is drive-in boat access on Sturgeon, Side, and Beatrice lakes. You can also fish from the wheelchair accessible fishing pier.

Hike the half mile of shoreline along the beach and take a swim in this lake that attracts so many. Have a picnic in the picnic area by the lake. An enclosed shelter can be reserved by calling the park.  

Wooded hiking trails wind for 18 miles through the park. There are 17 miles of mountain bike trails and 16 miles of horse trails. In winter, there are 6 miles of groomed cross-country ski trails and 12 miles of snowmobile trails.

Camping in McCarthy Beach State Park: There are 86 drive-in campsites; 21 sites have electrical hookups. There are 3 walk-in sites at the Beatrice Lake campground and 1 group campsite that can accommodate up to 40 people. Two horse campgrounds are located outside the park. The Stony Brook horse camp is located nine miles from McCarthy Beach; the Togo horse campground is 23 miles away. Both are connected to McCarthy Beach by the trail system. Campground amenities include picnic tables, fire rings, showers, flush and vault toilets, and a dump station.

McCarthy Beach State Park
More Attractions in This Region: Visit Hibbing and see an exhibit about its most famous son, Bob Dylan, in the basement of the public library. If you visit in mid-July, you can take part in the nine-day-long Mines and Pines Jubilee festival.

Other State Parks in This Region of Minnesota: Scenic State Park > Schoolcraft State Park > Hill Annex Mine State Park



7622 McCarthy Beach Road
Side Lake, MN 55781

Phone: 218-254-7979

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