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Judge C.R. Magney State Park, Grand Marais

Categories: State Parks, Nature & Parks
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4.8/5 based on 200+ reviews on the web
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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  • Even with crowds, this place is easily accessible and serene. An easy hike- perfect rest stop for folks who are driving up further north! 
  • You have to work hard climbing stairs and walking rugged trails to see the Upper Falls on the Brule River. A shorter distance beyond will take you to another falls which dumps into a bottomless pit ca...  read more »
  • Lots of stairs but it's worth it! The falls are gorgeous, there's a little one like half way through to keep you motivated to see the big one. 
  • Ventured here to see Devil's Kettle. The hike contains many steps, but is worth the effort. If you're an adept hiker then keep going down the trail for an amazing hike.
  • You get the chance to see 2 waterfalls here. The Devils kettle is a sight to see with all the mystery behind it. The hike is only a mile but has lots of slopes. Not recommended if you're looking for a leisurely stroll.
  • Fine enough state park near the border. The campsites are a little close together, and there's no groomed spot to pitch a tent. Other than that facilities were nice, and it's up kept fairly well.
  • A beautiful MN State Park. It is a bit of hike to see Devil's Kettle, but I assure you it is worth all of the stairs. Views of the Brule River is simply gorgeous as you hike along the trails.
  • Hwy 61 is one of the most beautiful road in the United States of America. And, Judge C. R. Magney State Park is one of the best on the Hwy.đź‘Ť
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