With 10,000 lakes in our great state, Minnesotans have some work to do when it comes to picking new ones to visit. Where do you start? How do you choose? The task gets even more difficult when you’re looking for something off the beaten track. Go too far into the woods, and you’ll be muddy and mosquito-bitten in no time. So where are the best hidden beaches in Minnesota?

To help you find the best, quietest secret beaches in Minnesota, we’ve come up with this handy hidden beaches road trip. These six beaches are incredible. Visit them all on one road trip, and it’ll be an experience you never forget.

Did we leave off any of your favorite hidden beaches in Minnesota? Feel free to join the discussion! For another road trip that’s perfect for spring, summer, and fall, check out the Ultimate Waterfalls Road Trip In Minnesota!

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Best Beaches In Minnesota

What are the prettiest beaches in Minnesota?

McCarthy Beach at McCarthy State Park in Side Lake (7622 McCarthy Beach Road, Side Lake, MN, 55781) has been named one of the best beaches in the country. Located on Sturgeon Lake and boasting a sandy beach that stretches for half a mile, McCarthy Beach is a favorite among locals and those out-of-town visitors who've already discovered this hidden oasis. Perfect for families with small children, the beach offers shallow waters for hundreds of feet from the shoreline. Pack a bag and enjoy a day in the sun at McCarthy Beach.

What are the best beach towns in Minnesota?

You can imagine in the Land of a Thousand Lakes there are scores of beaches and beach towns. From towns filled with tourist attractions and restaurants to understated towns that offer a more secluded experience, Minnesota has a beach town for everyone. Among the favorites is the unspoiled paradise found in the town of Spicer, located in south-central Minnesota. In addition to the lovely beach setting found along Green Lake, the town offers a quiet escape from the pressures of everyday life. From accommodations to shopping and dining, Spicer has everything you'll need for a perfect getaway. Find out more in our previous article.

What beaches have the clearest water in Minnesota?

The beach at Crystal Bay at Minnesota's Tettegouche State Park is known for pristine and crystal clear water. This red pebble beach is stunning in every way and is found off of Shovel Point on Lake Superior. When in need of a break from all of the R&R you'll find on the beach, head a short distance to the south for stunning views from the rocks high above the lake. The rocky bays are absolutely stunning! Tetetegouche State Park can be found at 5702 MN-61, Silver Bay, MN, 55614.

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