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Side Lake - McCarthy Beach State Park

7622 McCarthy Beach Road

Come to McCarthy Beach State Park and you'll remember the lakes. The sandy beach on Sturgeon Lake was rated one of the top 17 beaches in North America by Highway's Magazine. Walk along the half-mile of shoreline, or venture out into the shallow water that extends hundreds of feet into the lake.

Launch a boat on Side Lake or Sturgeon Lake to explore the five connected lakes of the Sturgeon chain. Hikers, mountain bikers, and skiers enjoy scenic trails that wind along pine-covered ridges and through stands of birch. Snowmobilers and horseback riders take advantage of the Taconite State Trail to access miles of trails outside the park. Located near many tourist attractions, McCarthy Beach State Park offers opportunities for both relaxation and exploration.

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Phil Seibel

Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017
This is a fantastic park, I remember coming up when I was a kid, and now we're bringing our family back. Great park for kids- lots of beach space and the beach is shallow for quite a ways which is great for little kids. While we were there they had an issue with the water in the main campground (July 2017) but I believe they are close to resolving it- check ahead with the park if you're not certain. Will definitely be coming back!

Randal Baker

Monday, Jan. 22, 2018
Get on the beach early to save a spot; for a little rural beach it gets crowded by noon. Great place for the kids to play as the water stays relatively shallow for several feet into the lake.

Sk Toasty

Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017
I love this beach. Oddly shallow even at 60 yards off shore. camping here is always nice.

Hollie Staebell

Monday, Oct. 2, 2017
Beautiful beach, shallow water, so great for younger kids. Many rental options to get on the water. Friendly staff. Groceries and gas within walking distance.

Mike Ruhland

Saturday, Aug. 19, 2017
Nice fine sand beach. Shallow water, which is great for kids. The shallow water extends several hundred feet out before it it gets over 3 feet deep.

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