McCarthy Beach State Park

In the area

From Explore MN Tourism

Recreation Facilities


Picnic Area

Adjacent to beach

Picnic area includes tables, fire rings and vault toilets. Shaded area with a nice view of Sturgeon Lake.

Picnic Shelter

Enclosed Shelter

Located overlooking Sturgeon Lake; close to the beach area and the group camp. The shelter has tables, electric outlets and a large fireplace. The shelter may be reserved by calling the park.


Within 2 miles of park

Located at the Side Lake Community Center. Available to the general public.


Campground Area

Pick up equipment at the park office.

Water Facilities


Seven lakes with trout, walleye, bass, pike and panfish.

Fishing Pier

Wheelchair accessible

Swimming Beach

Within the park

Extended area of knee-deep water makes this a great beach for kids. One of the best beaches in Minnesota. Located on Sturgeon Lake.