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Judge C.R. Magney State Park, Grand Marais

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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.GeographyJudge 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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  • This park is beautiful and perfect for those who enjoy hiking. The featured area is Devil's Kettle, where water falls over several falls areas into a hole. The water is powerful and the river is beaut...  more »
  • A true wonder along the North Shore, just be prepared to climb a lot of stairs on the way down to the falls and on the way back!  more »
  • The word "strenuous" always shows up in descriptions of this hike, but don't let that scare you off. Other than a few flights of stairs - which include handy resting areas along the way - this is a re...  more »
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  • Beautiful state park with waterfalls to see. Loved coming here.
  • Awesome! Make sure you have good boots with ice cleats this time of year! Glare ice but worth the view!
  • My husband and I went to the park during the peak leaf color weekend, one of the busiest times of the year. We actually overshot the park as we thought there would be a sign along the highway saying Devil's Kettle but there is not. When we arrived, the entrance was unattended and the maps were all gone. Many visitors were confused as to how to pay the park entrance fee of $5.00. Once we drove into the park, however, there was a ranger in the parking lot happily ticketing visitors who did not properly display the fee stub on the windshield. All that aside, the one-mile trek to the Devil's Kettle is absolutely worth the fee and the up and down of all the steps along the way, which I counted to be about 300. Just remember you will have to climb up and down those same steps on the return trip. You can also access the park legally on foot without paying a fee via an entrance across the highway from Nanaboujou Resort.
  • Lower Falls on the Brule River is timeless and will take your breath away!!!
  • Awesome park! Beautiful during the Autumn season.

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