Spring camping reservations reopen at Minnesota's McCarthy Beach State Park

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Spring 2014 camping reservations at McCarthy Beach State Park, near Hibbing, Minnesota, reopened for booking on Thursday, Nov. 21. People interested in camping reservations for Memorial Day weekend and other spring dates can make those reservations at that time.

Camping or lodging reservations can be made up to a year in advance by visiting www.mndnr.gov/reservations or by calling toll-free,866-857-2757, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Friday and 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday-Sunday.

Spring camping reservations at the park were previously put on hold to allow for the completion of a new shower and sanitation building. Construction of the building has been postponed from fall 2013 until late summer 2014.

When complete, the new energy-efficient building will offer expanded restroom areas with ADA-compliant showers and toilet stalls, and two family restrooms to better accommodate families with young children and visitors with disabilities.

“We were looking forward to having a modern, fully accessible sanitation building ready for our campground guests next summer, but unfortunately, the project was delayed,” said Park Manager Jenny Eastvold. “The new mid-August start date minimizes the number of campers with existing reservations who will be impacted, while giving the contractor a few extra weeks of good construction weather.”

As a safety measure, the campground will be closed at the beginning of the construction to accommodate large trucks hauling demolition debris and construction materials on the park’s narrow campground roads. The campground closure is expected to last into September or October of 2014.

McCarthy Beach State Park is open year-round for day use, and the campground is open seasonally from April to November, as snow conditions permit. Winter camping is no longer available at the park.

The park is a designated weekend skiing destination, which means trails may not be groomed immediately after a snowfall but will be ready for the following weekend whenever possible. Other winter recreation opportunities include snowshoeing on the unplowed campground roads, ice fishing and snowmobiling on the Taconite State Trail, which runs through the park.

Find more information, including directions and a virtual tour.