Water: Water will be available at a hydrant in the campground until October 5th.
Drinking Water: Water is available year-around at the park office and seasonally in the campground and day use area.
Bathroom Facilities: The beach bathrooms close after Labor Day. Campground bathrooms are open until October 4th.
Showers: Close on October 4th.
Dump Station: The dump station typically has water available until October 4th unless we get sustained cold weather earlier. It is available for dumping until we get snow.
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: Office opens at 9 am through Labor Day. Office closes at 9 pm on Friday nights through Labor Day. Office closes at 6 pm the week of 8/24 and 4 pm the week of 8/31.
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 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 except on groomed ski trails.
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 $5 per hour with a $10 minimum. 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.