Judge C.R. Magney State Park

By Jim Umhoefer
Trails Reporter

Cook County. About 14 miles northeast of Grand Marais on Highway 61. Highway map index: R-6.

As the turbulent Brule River races toward a jutting rock mass on the brink of a waterfall, more than half the stream disappears into a huge pothole. The channel on the east side of the rock drops 50 feet, in two steps, into the gorge below. The Western channel pours into the unknown depths of Devil's Kettle. The Kettle, in Judge C.R. Magney State Park, is still a mystery because no one knows where the water re-enters the river.

The 1.25-mile hiking trail that follows the frothy white water of the Brule upstream to Devil's Kettle passes the Lower and Upper Falls along the way. Two picnic areas straddle the lower Brule, connected by a footbridge that is next to the trailhead parking lot. Read more:

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