McCarthy Beach State Park

 

 

     
 
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Size

 
 

2,356 acres statutory, 2,048 owned

 
         
 

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7622 McCarthy Beach Road
Side Lake, MN 55781

N47 40.174, W93 1.823

 
         
 

Hours

 
 

Daily from 8 a.m. until 10 p.m.

 
         
 

Fees

 
 

Daily park permit: $7

Annual park permit: $35

 
         
 

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          St. Louis County  
          Northeast Minnesota  
     
 
Activities
 
 

Hiking Trails

 
 

18 miles

 
     
 

Hunting

 
 

No hunting

 
     
 
Ecology
 
 

Ecological Classification

  Ecological Classification  
  Ecological Province    

Laurentian Mixed Forest Province

   
  Ecological Section    

Northern Minnesota & Ontario Peatlands

Northern Superior Uplands

   
  Ecological Subsection    

Littlefork-Vermillion Uplands

Nashwauk Uplands

   
  Land Type Association    

Nashwauk Moraine

Rauch Till Plain

   
             
 

Native Plant Communities*

   
 

Cattail - Sedge Marsh (Northern)

Graminoid Poor Fen (Basin)

Low Shrub Poor Fen

Northern Dry-Mesic Mixed Woodland

Northern Wet Meadow / Carr

Poor Black Spruce Swamp

Poor Tamarack - Black Spruce Swamp

Red Pine - White Pine Woodland: Balsam Fir Subtype

Red Pine Woodland (Sand)

Sand Beach (Inland Lake)

Sedge Meadow

Sedge Meadow, Lake Sedge Subtype

Sedge Meadow: Bluejoint Subtype

   
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Sturgeon Lake

 
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Pickerel Lake Road (County Road 915)

Pickerel Lake Road is a minimum maintenance road but can be used by vehicles without high suspension.

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Parking: Pickerel Lake Road

 
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Pickerel Spur

 
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Pickerel Lake

 
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Ski Trail Road (County Road 501)

County Road 501 is very narrow. Brush and branches on the side of the road will add texture to any vehicle’s exterior.

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Parking: Ski Trail Road

 
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Big Hole Trail

 
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Red Top Trail

 
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Ridge Trail

 
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Red Pine - White Pine Woodland: Balsam Fir Subtype

 
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About

McCarthy Beach State Park is one of Minnesota's real gems. It was created as a park in the 1950's because it still had a large stand of unlogged virgin pines. And though a tornado in the 1960's took down most of the largest trees, the area is still preserved and the forest is rebuilding.

 
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Insects and Arachnids

 
 

American pelecinid wasp (Pelecinus polyturator)

green stink bug (Chinavia hilaris)

pale green assassin bug (Zelus luridus)

white-cheeked jumping spider (Pelegrina spp.)

  green stink bug  
         
 

Plants

 
  western poison ivy (Toxicodendron rydbergii)   western poison ivy  
 

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Amphibians

 
  green frog (Rana clamitans)   green frog  
 

Birds

 
 

Two bird species with conservation status in Minnesota have been seen here:

Endangered

Horned Grebe (Podiceps auritus)

Threatened

Common Tern (Sterna hirundo)

 
 

Minnesota DNR Bird checklist

eBird Field Checklist

 
 

American Robin (Turdus migratorius)

Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)

Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)

Common Loon (Gavia immer)

Eastern Wood-peewee (Contopus virens)

Pileated Woodpecker (Dryocopus pileatus)

White-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia leucophrys)

 

Black-capped Chickadee

Blue Jay

 
 

Fishes

 
 

Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas Fishes List

 
         
 

Fungi and Lichens

 
 

American cartilage lichen (Ramalina americana)

American Yellow Fly Agaric (Amanita muscaria var. guessowii)

Artist’s Conk (Ganoderma applanatum)

Birch Polypore (Fomitopsis betulina)

Bitter Bolete (Tylopilus felleus)

Black Trumpet (Craterellus fallax)

Bottlebrush Shield Lichen (Parmelia squarrosa)

Chaga (Inonotus obliquus)

Common Greenshield Lichen (Flavoparmelia caperata)

Golden Chanterelle (Cantharellus cibarius)

Hintapink (Russula paludosa)

Jellied False Coral Fungus (Sebacina schweinitzii)

Lilac Bonnet (Mycena pura)

Lobster Mushroom (Hypomyces lactifluorum)

Ochre Brittlegill (Russula ochroleuca)

Painted Suillus (Suillus spraguei)

Pebbled Pixie Cup (Cladonia pyxidata)

Thick-Walled Maze Polypore (Daedalea quercina)

True Tinder Polypore (Fomes fomentarius)

Violet-pored Bracket Fungus (Trichaptum abietinum)

White Chanterelle (Cantharellus subalbidus)

 

Black Trumpet

Common Greenshield Lichen

Golden Chanterelle

Jellied False Coral Fungus

Lobster Mushroom

True Tinder Polypore

 
 

Insects and Arachnids

 
 

mustard white (Pieris oleracea)

spotted-wing drosophila - SWD - (Drosophila suzukii)

  spotted-wing drosophila  
 

Mammals

 
 

American red squirrel (Tamiasciurus hudsonicus)

eastern chipmunk (Tamias striatus)

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Plants

 
 

One plant species with conservation status in Minnesota is found here:

Special Concern

small green wood orchid (Gymnadeniopsis clavellata)

 
 

Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas and Minnesota Biological Survey Vegetation Releves Plant List

 
 

Plants frequently found in:

Cattail - Sedge Marsh (Northern) MRn83a

Graminoid Poor Fen (Basin) APn91b

Low Shrub Poor Fen APn91a

Northern Dry-Mesic Mixed Woodland FDn33

Northern Wet Meadow / Carr WMn82

Poor Black Spruce Swamp APn91

Poor Tamarack - Black Spruce Swamp APn81b

Red Pine - White Pine Woodland: Balsam Fir Subtype FDn33a1

Red Pine Woodland (Sand) FDn12b

Sand Beach (Inland Lake) LKi32a

Sedge Meadow WMn82b

Sedge Meadow, Lake Sedge Subtype WMn82b4

Sedge Meadow: Bluejoint Subtype WMn82b1

     
 

 

alsike clover (Trifolium hybridum)

American red raspberry (Rubus idaeus ssp. strigosus)

American spurred gentian (Halenia deflexa ssp. deflexa)

American starflower (Lysimachia borealis)

balsam fir (Abies balsamea var. balsamea)

beaked hazel (Corylus cornuta var. cornuta)

bigleaf aster (Eurybia macrophylla)

bigtooth aspen (Populus grandidentata)

black spruce (Picea mariana)

black-seeded plantain (Plantago rugelii var. rugelii)

bland sweet cicely (Osmorhiza claytonii)

blue cohosh (Caulophyllum thalictroides)

blue spruce (Picea pungens)

bluebead lily (Clintonia borealis)

bluntleaf sandwort (Moehringia lateriflora)

bog Labrador tea (Rhododendron groenlandicum)

broad-leaved cattail (Typha latifolia)

bull thistle (Cirsium vulgare)

bunchberry (Cornus canadensis)

Canada mayflower (Maianthemum canadense)

cinnamon fern (Osmundastrum cinnamomeum)

cleavers (Galium aparine)

common dandelion (Taraxacum officinale ssp. officinale)

common false Solomon’s seal (Maianthemum racemosum var. racemosum)

common plantain (Plantago major)

common strawberry (Fragaria virginiana)

common tansy (Tanacetum vulgare)

common yarrow (Achillea millefolium)

cream pea (Lathyrus ochroleucus)

creeping snowberry (Gaultheria hispidula)

dark green bulrush (Scirpus atrovirens)

dwarf raspberry (Rubus pubescens)

dwarf raspberry (Rubus pubescens)

early meadow-rue (Thalictrum dioicum)

eastern dwarf mistletoe (Arceuthobium pusillum)

eastern white pine (Pinus strobus)

fireweed (Chamerion angustifolium ssp. angustifolium)

fragrant bedstraw (Galium triflorum)

fringed brome (Bromus ciliatus)

golden clover (Trifolium aureum)

goldthread (Coptis trifolia)

greater bladder sedge (Carex intumescens)

green alder (Alnus viridis ssp. crispa)

green carpetweed (Mollugo verticillata)

hairy goldenrod (Solidago hispida)

harebell (Campanula rotundifolia)

Indianpipe (Monotropa uniflora)

interrupted fern (Claytosmunda claytoniana)

jack pine (Pinus banksiana)

kidney-leaved buttercup (Ranunculus abortivus)

lowbush blueberry (Vaccinium angustifolium)

marsh skullcap (Scutellaria galericulata)

marsh vetchling (Lathyrus palustris)

mountain maple (Acer spicatum)

narrow-leaved hawkweed (Hieracium umbellatum)

narrow-leaved meadowsweet (Spiraea alba var. alba)

northern bedstraw (Galium boreale)

northern groundcedar (Diphasiastrum complanatum)

northern lady fern (Athyrium filix-femina var. angustum)

northern pin oak (Quercus ellipsoidalis)

northern red oak (Quercus rubra)

oxeye daisy (Leucanthemum vulgare)

paper birch (Betula papyrifera var. papyrifera)

pearly everlasting (Anaphalis margaritacea)

pineapple-weed (Matricaria discoidea)

prairie onion (Allium stellatum)

prickly rose (Rosa acicularis ssp. sayi)

prickly tree clubmoss (Dendrolycopodium dendroideum)

quaking aspen (Populus tremuloides)

rabbit’s foot clover (Trifolium arvense)

red clover (Trifolium pratense)

red maple (Acer rubrum var. rubrum)

red pine (Pinus resinosa)

rose twisted-stalk (Streptopus lanceolatus var. longipipes)

rough cinquefoil (Potentilla norvegica)

rough hawkweed (Hieracium scabrum)

round-leaved dogwood (Cornus rugosa)

roundleaf serviceberry (Amelanchier sanguinea)

sensitive fern (Onoclea sensibilis)

shining clubmoss (Huperzia lucidula)

smooth blue aster (Symphyotrichum laeve)

smooth sumac (Rhus glabra)

soft-stem bulrush (Schoenoplectus tabernaemontani)

speckled alder (Alnus incana ssp. rugosa)

stiff clubmoss (Spinulum annotinum)

tall buttercup (Ranunculus acris var. acris)

velvet-leaf blueberry (Vaccinium myrtilloides)

watershield (Brasenia schreberi)

western bracken fern (Pteridium aquilinum var. latiusculum)

white campion (Silene latifolia ssp. alba)

white clover (Trifolium repens)

white rattlesnake root (Nabalus albus)

white sweet clover (Melilotus albus)

wild calla (Calla palustris)

wild columbine (Aquilegia canadensis)

wild leek (Allium tricoccum)

wild sarsaparilla (Aralia nudicaulis)

wintergreen (Gaultheria procumbens)

woodland strawberry (Fragaria vesca ssp. americana)

yellow avens (Geum aleppicum)

yellow marsh marigold (Caltha palustris var. palustris)

yellow wood sorrel (Oxalis stricta)

zigzag goldenrod (Solidago flexicaulis)

 

Abies balsamea var. balsamea (balsam fir)

Acer rubrum var. rubrum (red maple)

Acer spicatum (mountain maple)

Achillea millefolium (common yarrow)

Allium stellatum (prairie onion)

Allium tricoccum (wild leek)

Alnus incana ssp. rugosa (speckled alder)

Alnus viridis ssp. crispa (green alder)

Amelanchier sanguinea (roundleaf serviceberry)

Anaphalis margaritacea (pearly everlasting)

Aquilegia canadensis (wild columbine)

Aralia nudicaulis (wild sarsaparilla)

Arceuthobium pusillum (eastern dwarf mistletoe)

Athyrium filix-femina var. angustum (northern lady fern)

Betula papyrifera var. papyrifera (paper birch)

Brasenia schreberi (watershield)

Bromus ciliatus (fringed brome)

Calla palustris (wild calla)

Caltha palustris var. palustris (yellow marsh marigold)

Campanula rotundifolia (harebell)

Carex intumescens (greater bladder sedge)

Caulophyllum thalictroides (blue cohosh)

Chamerion angustifolium ssp. angustifolium (fireweed)

Cirsium vulgare (bull thistle)

Clintonia borealis (bluebead lily)

Coptis trifolia (goldthread)

Cornus canadensis (bunchberry)

Cornus rugosa (round-leaved dogwood)

Corylus cornuta var. cornuta (beaked hazel)

Dendrolycopodium dendroideum (prickly tree clubmoss)

Diphasiastrum complanatum (northern groundcedar)

Eurybia macrophylla (bigleaf aster)

Fragaria vesca ssp. americana (woodland strawberry)

Fragaria virginiana (common strawberry)

Galium aparine (cleavers)

Galium boreale (northern bedstraw)

Galium triflorum (fragrant bedstraw)

Gaultheria hispidula (creeping snowberry)

Gaultheria procumbens (wintergreen)

Geum aleppicum (yellow avens)

Halenia deflexa ssp. deflexa (American spurred gentian)

Hieracium scabrum (rough hawkweed)

Hieracium umbellatum (narrow-leaved hawkweed)

Huperzia lucidula (shining clubmoss)

Lathyrus ochroleucus (cream pea)

Lathyrus palustris (marsh vetchling)

Leucanthemum vulgare (oxeye daisy)

Lysimachia borealis (American starflower)

Maianthemum canadense (Canada mayflower)

Maianthemum racemosum var. racemosum (common false Solomon’s seal)

Matricaria discoidea (pineapple-weed)

Melilotus albus (white sweet clover)

Moehringia lateriflora (bluntleaf sandwort)

Mollugo verticillata (green carpetweed)

Monotropa uniflora (Indianpipe)

Nabalus albus (white rattlesnake root)

Onoclea sensibilis (sensitive fern)

Osmorhiza claytonii (bland sweet cicely)

Claytosmunda claytoniana (interrupted fern)

Osmundastrum cinnamomeum (cinnamon fern)

Oxalis stricta (yellow wood sorrel)

Picea mariana (black spruce)

Picea pungens (blue spruce)

Pinus banksiana (jack pine)

Pinus resinosa (red pine)

Pinus strobus (eastern white pine)

Plantago major (common plantain)

Plantago rugelii var. rugelii (black-seeded plantain)

Populus grandidentata (bigtooth aspen)

Populus tremuloides (quaking aspen)

Potentilla norvegica (rough cinquefoil)

Pteridium aquilinum var. latiusculum (western bracken fern)

Quercus ellipsoidalis (northern pin oak)

Quercus rubra (northern red oak)

Ranunculus abortivus (kidney-leaved buttercup)

Ranunculus acris var. acris (tall buttercup)

Rhododendron groenlandicum (bog Labrador tea)

Rhus glabra (smooth sumac)

Rosa acicularis ssp. sayi (prickly rose)

Rubus idaeus ssp. strigosus (American red raspberry)

Rubus pubescens (dwarf raspberry)

Rubus pubescens (dwarf raspberry)

Schoenoplectus tabernaemontani (soft-stem bulrush)

Scirpus atrovirens (dark green bulrush)

Scutellaria galericulata (marsh skullcap)

Silene latifolia ssp. alba (white campion)

Solidago flexicaulis (zigzag goldenrod)

Solidago hispida (hairy goldenrod)

Spinulum annotinum (stiff clubmoss)

Spiraea alba var. alba (narrow-leaved meadowsweet)

Streptopus lanceolatus var. longipipes (rose twisted-stalk)

Symphyotrichum laeve (smooth blue aster)

Tanacetum vulgare (common tansy)

Taraxacum officinale ssp. officinale (common dandelion)

Thalictrum dioicum (early meadow-rue)

Trifolium arvense (rabbit’s foot clover)

Trifolium aureum (golden clover)

Trifolium hybridum (alsike clover)

Trifolium pratense (red clover)

Trifolium repens (white clover)

Typha latifolia (broad-leaved cattail)

Vaccinium angustifolium (lowbush blueberry)

Vaccinium myrtilloides (velvet-leaf blueberry)

 

alsike clover

American starflower

blue cohosh

bluebead lily

bunchberry

Canada anemone

common strawberry

common tansy

common yarrow

early meadow-rue

fireweed

hairy goldenrod

harebell

interrupted fern

lowbush blueberry

northern pin oak

northern groundcedar

oxeye daisy

pearly everlasting

prairie onion

red clover

rough cinquefoil

smooth sumac

tall buttercup

white rattlesnake root

wild columbine

woodland strawberry

yellow marsh marigold

 

 

 

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