This is seriously a hidden gem in northern Minnesota. For years we spent time near Hibbing without going here and I can't believe it!
Those in the know (mostly those from Hibbing or other nearby towns) book the campground up (mostly the electric sites) well in advance. Non-electric and rustic sites down the rode at Beatrice Lake or almost always available.
The campground is on Side Lake while the BEST BEACH EVER in MN is across the road on Sturgeon Lake. The beach area has a large picnic area with a nice shelter building. More picnic tables stretch along the lake and beach area for quite a ways. There is a bathroom building and changing area near the beach. A small area of the beach is roped off but the swimmable area is much larger and you can find a spot to hang near or not so near other people. The water is clear, the sand is sandy, the water gets deeper very gradually (that's both good and bad - little ones can be pretty far out and still not be very deep but then you have to yell for them to hear you).
It's pretty much heaven. You have the Red Pines right near the shore. You can sit under them for shade, or depending on the height of the water there will be some amount of sandy beach to sit on or play on.
After a day in the lake, you HAVE to go to Bimbos for pizza. If you are staying here, you HAVE to go to the CCC campground convenience store and get ice cream.
You can bring your boats, toys - whatever you need to enjoy a day at the lake.
The only drawback? This is northern MN. This summer is an example - 56 degrees was the high last Saturday in July. When the weather is good, the place is heaven. We watch the forecast during the summer. Hot in Hibbing? We'll be going up north!
You must at least have a day pass to be at the park.
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