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Where to go: Final Report. The smoky gold of the tamaracks is starting to fade, which means we are nearing the end of the fall color season. Hike the Big Hole Trail or drive north of the park on Hwy 5 to see the gold of the tamaracks reflected in the dark water of the pothole lakes.

What you'll see: Along with the tamarack, a few birch and willow are still adding gold to the landscape. Oaks are turning from deep red to their winter brown.

Also of interest: The campground is still open on a rustic, self-registration basis.

Last updated: October 29, 2013 

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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

The park office is open from 9 am to 9 pm.