Judge C. R. Magney State Park
 Devil's Kettle Waterfall

Judge C.R. Magney State Park is located in the Arrowhead region of northeastern Minnesota near Grand Marais; it is the location of the mysterious Devil's Kettle waterfall.

Judge C R Magney State Park

How to Get to Judge C.R. Magney State Park: Drive 14 miles northeast from Grand Marais on State Highway 61. 

Park Highlights:

  • The park is named in honor of Judge Magney, former Duluth mayor and Supreme Court Justice. He advocated for the creation of 11 state parks and wayside areas along the North Shore of Lake Superior. His legacy to the state is found in these magnificent parks.
  • The 4,514 acres that became the park were once occupied by Works Progress Administration workers who logged, built fire roads, and operated a sawmill. Foundations from a few of their buildings remain.
  • This park is a "must see" stop on your trek from Grand Marais to Grand Portage.

Mystery of The Devil's Kettle

The Brule River flows through the park and over several waterfalls. This may be one of the best hikes on the North Shore of Lake Superior. 

The upper and lower falls can be viewed by taking just a short hike from the parking area. The most spectacular feature of the river is Devil’s Kettle, a massive pool beneath a waterfall, which some say has no bottom. 

The Devil’s Kettle Falls on the Brule River is an unsolved mystery. A rock outcropping at the head of the falls divides the river. Half of the river flows on to Lake Superior; the other stream falls into the giant pothole called the Devil’s Kettle and disappears at this point.  

Scientists, geologists, and researchers have been unable to find where the other half of the river reappears. It is believed it emerges somewhere beneath Lake Superior, possibly through a series of underground caves, however the exit point has never been discovered. 

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Judge C.R. Magney’s Natural Attractions: Some of the best qualities of the Lake Superior National Forest are found in this park, including the heavily-wooded campground.  

Things to Do in Judge C.R. Magney State Park: Hiking the 9 miles of trail offers lots of opportunity for bird watching and waterfall viewing. In autumn, expect to see hawks gather in this area to prepare for migration. The 2.5-mile round trip hike to the falls is a steep climb; there is a series of steps as you near the top. The Brule River is a great fishing spot for spring and fall salmon runs.

There are two picnic areas; one of them is located alongside the Brule River. In winter, the trails are available for snowshoeing.

Camping in Judge C.R. Magney State Park: There are 27 tent and RV campsites; none of the campsites has electrical hookups. Amenities include drinking water, flush and vault toilets, showers, fire rings, grills, and picnic tables. Winter camping is not permitted in this park.

More Attractions in This Region: Naniboujou Lodge, inside the park and on the lake side of the river is a “must see”. The lodge is a work of art, with its Ojibwe-themed decorations on the walls and ceiling. It was built in 1928 as a private club for the well-to-do, including Babe Ruth and Jack Dempsey. Even if you don't stay there, stop for lunch or tea, and see the amazing décor.

Other State Parks in This Region of Minnesota: Grand Portage State Park > Temperance River State Park > George Crosby Manitou State Park > Tettegouche State Park > Split Rock Lighthouse State Park > Gooseberry Falls State Park


4051 East Highway 61
Grand Marais, MN 55604
Phone: 218-387-3039
Email: c/o CascadeRiver.StatePark@state.mn.us

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