Name: Judge C.R. Magney Park
Year it became a State Park: 1957
Section of Minnesota: Upper North Shore.
Nearby Town: Grand Marais, Grand Portage
Positives: It’s a North Shore Park. And it has an impressive waterfall.
The Negatives: There’s no plumbing or showers at the campground, but I assume for many of you that’s not a big deal.
And there’s not much of the park actually on Lake Superior.
General Comments: Again, the centerpiece of this park is the river, in this case the Brule River. And the centerpiece of interest in the Brule River is the Devil’s Kettle. This is a bowl like area in the middle of the waterfall area where water enters but has apparent outlet. It’s apparently a bit of a scientific mystery in that they haven’t been able to determine where the water goes.
Something Everyone Wants To See: The Devil’s Kettle.
But you should also check out: The pleasant paths on the west side of the river.
Nearby attraction to visit: Nanaboujou Lodge – it has a very impressive, beautiful and historic great hall.
Interesting Trivia: This park was originally named “Brule River State Park” but was changed to its new title “after the late Judge Magney, a lawyer, mayor of Duluth, justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court, and a strong advocate of Minnesota State Parks”. It seems like he was a pretty decent guy.
Personal Stories: We’ve taken the hike out to the falls more than once – there are nice picnic spots right along the river.
We have family that lives very close to this state park and I recall cross country skiing on the west side when I was in high school. The rolling hills made it a good challenge.
What My Kids Want Me To Say: There are a lot of stairs on the way out to the Devil’s Kettle.
Jamsco Ranking: Very Nice.
Final Word: Any regular state park visitor should be able to say that they’ve seen the Devil’s Kettle. And if you want to see impressive waterfalls, but you don’t want the crowds of the more southerly Superior state parks, give this park a try.
Thoughts? Comments? Have you been to this park? Do you agree with my assessment?