McCarthy Beach State Park reviews
We camped for the first time in a long time up there last weekend. We loved the beach area. Packed a cooler, our bbq and some tunes and relaxed there for the day. Was not overly crowded either. We... more »
My family has been camping at McCarthy Beach for 5 generations now. We've held our annual family reunion camping trip here for at least the last 20 years. I've camped at both the rustic sites and... more »
We had a great time! There were sandy beaches, three different lakes, trout fishing and nice hot showers and clean facilities. Everyone was friendly even the guests! Lots of swimming opportunities... we would do that again in a heartbeat!... and for car camping the sites were oriented so that it worked very well for tenting or RVs. Our kids brought little razor scooters and that seemed to work very well for zipping around the campgrounds and facilities and going to the beach and on all the trails.
Best beach in all of MN. Shallow relatively warm water and very well kept campground. Most people are super friendly here. Side note, get there early to get a good spot on the beach and always pay for your pass. Rangers patrol the parking lot regularly. Have fun!
Plan your trip to Side Lake
Get a personalized tripA complete day by day itinerary
based on your preferences
Customize itRefine your trip. We'll find the
best routes and schedules
Manage itEverything in one place.
Everyone on the same page.
Trips to McCarthy Beach State Park by other users
4 days in International Falls BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES Headwaters Science Center Scenic State Park Rainy Lake 60 days in Bemidji BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES The Spa Within Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge Big Bog State Recreation Area 29 days in Bemidji BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES Palace Casino Paul Bunyan's Animal Land Headwaters Science Center 15 days in Red Wing, Duluth & Hibbing BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES Red Wing Duluth Hibbing 21 days in Hibbing & Red Wing BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES Hibbing Red Wing 5 days in Voyageurs National Park BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES Trezona Trail Crane Lake Ellsworth Rock Gardens