Seasonal Update

Water: Water is off in the campground for the season.

Drinking Water: Water is available year-around at the park office and seasonally in the campground and day use area.

Bathroom Facilities: Closed for the season.

Showers: Closed for the season.

Dump Station: The dump station is closed for the winter.


Campgrounds: Winter camping is no longer available at McCarthy Beach. The campground closes in late November and reopens April 1st (or later if there is still snow on the ground).

Electric Sites: The park has 21 electric sites. These typically book a year in advance for the peak summer season.

Special Notes for RV Campers: The campground has narrow roads with sharp turns; may not be suitable for some large RVs or trailers.

Reservations: Highly recommended during the summer. 30% of campsites are first-come, first-served but there are days in the peak summer period when few, if any, become available. All sites are first-come, first-served during late fall and spring.


Contact Notes: Staffing is very limited this winter. Please leave a message and we will get back to you within a few days.


Trail Notes: McCarthy Beach has 18 miles of hiking trails, 17 miles of mountain bike trails and 12 miles of horse trails. The park has 9 miles of ungroomed cross-country trails and 12 miles of groomed snowmobile trails available in the winter. The park snowmobile trails connect to the Taconite State Trail and the Tim Corey trail. Non-heated trail shelters are available. Snowshoeing is permitted anywhere in the park, but snowshoers are asked to stay off of user-made ski tracks on the old ski trail system.

Season Rentals: The park rents canoes, kayaks, and row boats for $15/4 hrs or $25/day. A paddle boat is available to rent for $10 per hour. Two stand-up paddleboards are available to rent for $10 per hour. Rental season is Memorial Day to Labor Day. The picnic shelter in the park can be rented for $45/day. Call the park to reserve. No winter rentals at this park.