McCarthy Beach State Park is a total of 2,471 acres in area, and managed now by the Minnesota DNR. Highways Magazine rates this beach one of the top 17 beaches in North America. It is connected to 4 different Sturgeon lakes and Side Lake. There are many trails for hikers, cross country skiers, and people who snowmobile. The rugged terrain has provided many homes and habitats for different wildlife. More than 175 species of birds visit this area. 33 different species of other wildlife inhabit this park, including white-tailed deer, black bears, timber wolves, chipmunks, red squirrels, raccoons, and several types of amphibians and reptiles. The Taconite Trails add hundreds of miles of additional trails, and they are lined with red and white pines and leather leaf-black spruce lowlands.
 A moraine is formed when unconsolidated glacial debris of soil and rock accumulate.
 McCarthy Beach State Park. (12 April 2010). <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/McCarthy_Beach_State_Park>. Dec 1 2010.
 Minnesota. (2010). “McCarthy Beach State Park”. <http://www.stateparks.com/mccarthy_beach.html>. Dec 1 2010.