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.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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  • Beautiful Brule River, challenging hike. not for everyone due to physical demands, but it is worth the hike. Lots and lots of steps.  more »
  • A beautiful park with the river and waterfalls! Hiking trails are well maintained and we just love this park! Hike it every time we are in the area. Such gorgeous views!  more »
  • This is an excellent state park that we have visited a number of times over the years and just visited again in October. Good photography and nice trails.  more »
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  • Glad to finally make it to this park. Good long walk to the Devil's kettle. A nice elevation change and a long staircase to get there. Very beautiful river that flows into Superior and picturesque all the to the lake
  • I stayed overnight here! More details? Ok I pitched a tent here! Most camp site are a little too open but lots to see and do in and around this park.
  • All Minnesota parks are fabulous and well maintained. The North Shore parks all have their own unique beauty. Hikes and views are stunning.
  • Beautiful park anytime of the year. Have been there several times and now returning with the grandkids for another memorable time.
  • I enjoyed all of trails here, including the Devil's Kettle Falls. The trail can get a little muddy along the Brule river if the conditions are right. This is a good place to hike if you are up in the north woods.
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