Thursday, July 19, 2012

Devil's Kettle Falls - Judge C.R. Magney State Park, Minnesota

Brule River
Judge C.R. Magney State Park, MN

The main draw to Magney State Park on Minnesota's North Shore is Devil's Kettle Falls, located on the Brule River and reached after a half-mile hike. The well groomed and signed trail leads over the river, up a hill, down a hill and past the Upper and Lower sections of falls before reaching these unique falls. These pictures from June 2012 show the river very high, making it hard to distinguish the difference in the rock on the left hand side, where the water that enters this hole goes is a mystery so far.
Here is a look at the Upper Falls, which are down a few steps off to the left of the main trail just short of Devil's Kettle Falls.
The Lower Falls are quite a bit harder to reach, and near impossible during wet conditions or in the winter. From the observation bench for Devil's Kettles, follow the remnants of an old trail as it winds through trees and follows the river. A great vantage point can be had, where a smaller creek enters the river.
Getting there: Magney State Park is located off Hwy 61, near Grand Marais. Once inside the park, everything is clearly signed. Follow the trail to Devil's Kettle Falls, you will see Upper Falls on the way, Lower Falls are also on the way but are not marked at all - I found out about them through this book:

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