Come to McCarthy Beach State Park and you'll remember the lakes. Dig your toes into the sandy beach on Sturgeon Lake, rated one of the top 17 beaches in North America by Highways' Magazine. Launch a boat to explore Side Lake and the four connected lakes of the Sturgeon chain. Hikers, cross-country skiers, and snowmobilers enjoy the scenic trails winding through stands of large red and white pines. For longer ventures, head out on the Taconite Trail for access to hundreds of miles of additional trails.
Traditional cross-country trails only. Moderate skill level. Additional miles of un-groomed trail are available for bushwhacking. Stands of pure birch and steep pine-covered ridges make this a very scenic trail system.
Park Entrance Pass
From the town of Hibbing, take U.S. Highway 169 north to County Road 5, then 16 miles to the park.
McCarthy Beach State Park
7622 McCarthy Beach Road
Side Lake, MN 55781