Seasonal Update

Water: Campground water is off due to construction

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

Bathroom Facilities: The campground bathroom building is being demolished / rebuilt. Vault toilets in the park are available year-round.

Showers: The shower building is being demolished / rebuilt.

Dump Station: The trailer dump station is open but may be difficult for large rigs to access during construction. It typically closes mid-October.


Campgrounds: Winter camping is no longer available at McCarthy Beach. The campground closes in late October and reopens when the snow melts.

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.

Reservations: Highly recommended during the summer. All sites are first-come, first-served during late fall and spring.


Contact Notes: 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.


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 $35/day in 2014 and $45/day in 2015. Call the park to reserve. No winter rentals at this park.