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“Perfect beach”

McCarthy Beach State Park
Ranked #1 of 1 things to do in Side Lake
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Reviewed July 23, 2013

Great place to camp..and the beach is beautiful..they just added a bathrooms and changing rooms to the beach...

camping the sites are roomy most private. RV area for those that like that is super and easy access to the lake

beautiful red pines and white pines.the loons will sing at dusk and early morning. And just down from the park you can get treats of ice cream cones from two different gas stations..

over all a lovely park

Thank Deborah M
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Reviewed July 19, 2013 via mobile

We camped for 2 nights and had a wonderful time.. So much intact that as I type this my sweetheart is calling to reserve us a spot for this weekend...

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Reviewed May 26, 2013

We didn't have the time to stay in the park, though we'd have liked to. But we did the Minnesota Hiking Club trail. We had time to wade in the water and the beach was great! We plan to return someday when we have more time.

Thank FionaMcGier
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Reviewed November 17, 2012 via mobile

“a must see”
Apr 5, 2012 gpdem
My wife and I are both originally from the area ( Hibbing ) and every time we're in the area we have to stop by the park.
Not only does it bring back great memories but it is just a beautiful place. The first thing to hit you are the towering Norway pines as you drive in. Then as you step out of the car your nose is set for a treat - wilderness, pine, lake water, sand and the inevitable BBQ picnic. This is by far one of the best state parks in Minnesota. It may not be that big but it has everything a state park should have.
It is very clean and well kept. The lake is gorgeous with a very large wading and swimming area. Bathrooms are plentifully and clean. And above all everyone there is in a good mood and having a great time.
Can't be beat.
My only suggestion is don't go if your in a hurry, you'll want to stay all day or even more ( camping is available ).
Have fun!!!

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Reviewed September 5, 2012

Shallow out a long way so it's child friendly. Nice camping too.
You won't be unhappy here. Not too crowded as a rule. Fall is the best time here. Nice hiking trails too.

Thank blacklake
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