McCarthy Beach State Park, Side Lake

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#87 of 113 in Nature in Minnesota
McCarthy Beach State Park is a state park of Minnesota, USA, on the Sturgeon Lake chain near Hibbing. It is located in French Township, Saint Louis County.EcosystemThirty-three species of wildlife inhabit the park including white-tailed deer, black bears, timber wolves, chipmunks, red squirrels, raccoons, and several species of reptiles and amphibians. More than 175 species of birds also visit the area.The park protects a northern boreal forest with stands of red and white pine and leatherleaf-black spruce lowlands.GeologyThe glaciers that moved through the area gouged and tore at the bedrock, the cooled lava of ancient volcanoes. During that period, glaciers flowed south, retreated north, and flowed south again. The first glacier stopped where McCarthy Beach is now located. It left low rolling hills with steep sides called moraines. Between the hills, the glaciers gouged valleys and in the larger valleys, lakes were formed.
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  • We spend a lot of time at McCarthy Beach State Park. I grew up camping there every summer. The state park has an amazing beach! It's shallow for a long time going out into the lake. People from all ar...  more »
  • Loved this campground, so clean and well kept. Nice new and very clean bath house. A lovely beach on a very beautiful lake. Dog friendly. Could only stay for 2 days, didn't want to leave, so peaceful....  more »
  • Beach is gorgeous! Water is pretty shallow and is very clear. Has nice facilities. Also has picnic tables, fire pits, bathrooms and camping.  more »
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  • I love this beach. Oddly shallow even at 60 yards off shore. camping here is always nice.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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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