Judge C.R. Magney State Park, Grand Marais

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Judge C. R. Magney State Park is a state park in the U.S. state of Minnesota, on the North Shore of Lake Superior. It was named for Clarence R. Magney, a former mayor of Duluth and justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court, who was instrumental in getting 11 state parks and scenic waysides established along the North Shore. The park is best known for the Devil's Kettle, an unusual waterfall and rock formation in which half of the Brule River disappears into a pothole.

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  • We made a stop at Judge C. R. Magney State Park while visiting the North Shore and it ended up being my favorite park we visited. It's a 2-mile round trip hike to Devil's Kettle waterfall, moderate.....  more »
  • We had a great hike to the Devil's Kettle waterfall! It's about a mile each way with many stairs to climb. Lots of people out and about at this state park but most people were wearing masks...  more »
  • In this park you can see 2 waterfalls and there is camping and lots of trails to hike. . The falls are mile hike, you will see Upper falls first and then 700 ft more going further up you will be able to see the Devils Kettle. It’s absolutely beautiful. Just past the platform where you can take pictures you will see the flattening of the river and walk over down stream a little and put your feet in the water or get in all the way, trust me it felt good to cool off after that long hike. Warning the hike to these falls is a good packed down path, however you are constantly going up hill until you reach stairs and then it’s 175 steps down, once down you’ll see another set of steps, about 6 steps that leads to rock platform to see upper falls, right at the small step of steps you will see a sign with arrow stating Devils Kettle 700ft upward. Depending on good of shape you are in will depend on how fast you can walk a mile in a up hill terrain. Just take some water with you, you’re going to get a good workout.
  • Beautiful place. Fairly easy hike. Said 1 mile loop to the kettle but it was a lot longer than that, closer to 3 miles round trip. You have multiple places to stop and rest with benches. A number of nice viewing platforms spaced well. And the kettle is really cool (where does it go!? Lol). Did not see all the park had to offer, but what we did see was clean and well kept up.

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