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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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  • Nice quick hike just north of Grand Marais. Follow the river up to the waterfall... Nice and quiet in the spring.  more »
  • Awesome frozen falls. Many steps and icy in February but worth the effort to see this Minnesota treasure. Falls have a mystery worth learning about before you go.  more »
  • This is the supreme 2-3 hour walk thru pristine wilderness of Northern Minnesota. Be prepared to hear and see. Watch the ground for beautiful mosses, lichens, ferns and other plants, and the skies for...  more »
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  • 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.
  • Awesome views with challenging hiking. Also, a pretty nice campground.
  • Beautiful views and an excellent trail that follows the river. Get ready for a lot of stairs! Plus, you can't beat Devil's Kettle.
  • 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.
  • 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.