Judge C.R. Magney State Park, Grand Marais

Judge C. R. Magney State Park is a state park of Minnesota, USA, on the North Shore of Lake Superior. It was named for Clarence R. Magney, a former mayor of Duluth and judge on 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.
Judge C. R. Magney State Park is located on scenic Minnesota State Highway 61, 25mi from the Canada–United States border. The last 8mi of the Brule River flow through the park, dropping 800ft and producing several waterfalls and cascades. A tributary of the Brule, Gauthier Creek, flows in from the west. Mons Creek, an intermittent stream on the park's northeast border, drains a small marsh. This stretch of the Brule River has three named waterfalls. 1mi from the lakeshore, Lower Falls drops 7ft over two steps just before the mouth of Gauthier Creek. A short distance upstream are Upper Falls, dropping 25ft, and Devil's Kettle Falls. From the Devil's Kettle to Upper Falls the river flows through a.25mi rocky gorge, as does the last.5mi of Gauthier Creek. Developed areas and trail access are confined to the lower third of the park. The northern section is rugged and difficult to access, with open ridges stepping away from the river valley. These extremes produce an elevation change of about 1000ft in the park. The state park is entirely within Grand Portage State Forest, although most of the land directly adjacent to the park is privately owned inholdings. The park has a continental climate of extreme seasonal variation, moderated by Lake Superior, which keeps the shore areas 6 to 8 degrees warmer in winter and cooler in summer than the inland part of the region. Thus winters tend to be mild and snowy.
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  • There were two dramatic falls, plus Kettle Falls. The 175 steps were worth the effort. Bring your camera.  more »
  • Trail to Devil's Kettle is well maintained and partially made with wooden constructed stairs. It felt odd to see those stairs in the middle of the park, but I guess more people can access to the water...  more »
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  • 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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