McCarthy Beach State Park 

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McCarthy Beach State Park
7622 McCarthy Beach Rd
Side Lake, MN 55781
(866) 857-2757 (Toll Free)

From the town of Hibbing, take U.S. Highway 169 north to County Road 5, then 16 miles to the park.

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A water-recreation enthusiasts' haven! Sturgeon Lake chain (4 lakes) plus Side Lake, Pickerel Lake, Beatrice Lake, and other small lakes provide endless opportunities for swimming, boating, fishing and sailing. Picnic tables, fire rings, and picnic shelter on Sturgeon Lake. 18 miles hiking trails, 16 miles horseback and mountain bike, and 12 miles of snowmobile trails. The park is also the midpoint of the Taconite State Trail.

Hours & Dates


  • Monday: 8:00am - 10:00pm
  • Tuesday: 8:00am - 10:00pm
  • Wednesday: 8:00am - 10:00pm
  • Thursday: 8:00am - 10:00pm
  • Friday: 8:00am - 10:00pm
  • Saturday: 8:00am - 10:00pm
  • Sunday: 8:00am - 10:00pm
Park permits: $35 annual, $26 second vehicle, $12 handicapped, or $7 daily. Camping fees are separate.

Book an online reservation 24 hours a day.

Phone reservations can be made by calling 866-857-2757 (TTY: 952-936-4008) Apr–Sep, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. D

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