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Looking for campground with beach

We are looking for a campground in MN/WI with a great swimming beach, some hiking trails and secluded/private/wooded campsites. We have a small pop-up and usually stay in non-electric tent type areas. Someone mentioned McCarthy State Park, but I don't know much about it. Otherwise, we have stayed at Father Hennepin, Moose Lake, Itasca and have had a great time. We usually look for places about 3-4 hours from Stillwater. Any advice would be appreciated. - Steve, Stillwater

McCarthy Beach near Hibbing is one of the most popular camping state parks, but the one time I was in the lake, it was only knee-deep.

I'd suggest South Pike Bay on Cass Lake in northern Minnesota, near Walker. I found this rustic campground while bicycling on the paved Migizi Trail through Chippewa National Forest. There are 24 first-come, first-served rustic sites, all shaded by red pines and half with their own little stretch of beach. The 17-mile trail winds around the lake to Norway Beach Recreation Area, which has a more luxurious campground and some sites that can be reserved. 218-335-8600, www.fs.fed.us/r9/forests/chippewa.

You can find more prospects at 10 great campsites or Camping out west, which is about county parks west of the Twin Cities that are on lakes.

Last updated on February 7, 2009