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McCarthy Beach State Park, Side Lake
(4.5/5 based on 20+ reviews on the web)
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 bear, 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. 
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  • Went late Oct 2016. Originally reserved a electric spot, but ended up moving the next day to a more secluded area. the lake was amazing and at almost any spot you can see it. Got to hear the Wolves on morning. Though we never saw a ranger we were able to get wood at the gas station not even half a mile down the road.
  • Beautiful beach. You can walk out for what seems like a football field length before it gets deep. Also the water is clear. The children play for hours in the water. The forest surrounding is serene and peaceful.
  • Great state park. Campsites are large and well shaded. Nice beach and plenty of trails for biking and hiking.
  • Large pitch. Incredible showers. Great beach. Wifi at office.
  • Such a variety of tree species, one minute, you're in a majestic red pine forest, then you find yourself in a brilliant birch forest.