McCarthy Beach State Park
7622 McCarthy Beach Rd.
Side Lake, MN 55781
State Park: Bike, Birding, Camp, Fish, Hike, Picnic, Walk, Water Sports
Come to McCarthy Beach State Park and you’ll remember the lakes. Dig your toes into the sandy beach on Sturgeon Lake, rated one of the top 17 beaches in North America by Highways’ Magazine. Launch a boat to explore Side Lake and the four connected lakes of the Sturgeon chain. Hikers, cross-country skiers, and snowmobilers enjoy the scenic trails winding through stands of large red and white pines. For longer ventures, head out on the Taconite Trail for access to hundreds of miles of additional trails.