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McCarthy Beach State Park

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Where to go: Finish the fall color season by enjoying the smoky gold tamaracks surrounding the many pothole lakes in the park. On calm days the reflections in the water are an added treat.

What you'll see: A few birch and aspen are holding leaves to join the tamaracks in providing golds to the landscape. The red oaks are transitioning from maroon to their winter brown but are still pretty.

Also of interest: The main campground along Side Lake is closed during the week due to the construction of our new campground sanitation building. It will be open on a very limited, rustic basis on weekends. Please see the park web page for more information.

Last updated: October 19, 2014 

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Getting there

7622 McCarthy Beach Road
Side Lake, MN 55781

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


Phone: 218-254-7979

Email: info.dnr@state.mn.us

There are no regular office hours in the fall, but the office will be open when staff is available. If you leave a message at 218-254-7979 we can arrange a time to meet you. Mornings are the best time to reach us by phone.