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McCarthy Beach State Park

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Where to go: Maples along with some Aspen and Birch are starting to show color around the park. With a hard frost this past week many ferns and other understory plants are currently putting out the best colors! This is a great time to enjoy the hiking trails, with cooler temperatures and few bugs.

What you'll see: Most trees are still green but the maples are providing splashes of reds and oranges. Lots of asters along the roadsides. Red-osier dogwood are sharing a nice show of mostly green accented with deep hues of purple and red.

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: September 17, 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.