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Grand Marais, Minnesota

Devil's Kettle

Half of a waterfall goes into the river; the other half disappears 

There is a mysterious waterfall in Judge Magney State Park in Minnesota. Half of the water drops 50 feet into the Brule river; the other half falls into a cauldron and disappears.

Dyes and ping pong balls have been dropped into the pothole in an attempt to trace its route and find its outlet - presumably the water winds its way underground to Lake Superior, a mile away - but the other end of the Devil’s Kettle has yet to be found.

Know Before You Go

Take US highway 61 north anywhere on it's route from New Orleans to Canada until you are about 15 miles short of Canada. Look for the Judge Magney State Park sign. Turn left.It's a bit of a hike from Highway 61, 2.5 mile round trip.About .75 mile into the hike you’ll come across a path that cuts back behind and to the left of the main trail taking you down to the lower falls of the Brule River. While impressive, it’s only a teaser of what’s to come ahead, the Devils Kettle.At the end of the major hike (the trail continues on as the Superior Hiking Trail) you’ll arrive at Devil’s Kettle.About 1.25 miles in is an overlook where you can see the whole falls just before the steps that will bring you to the kettle.Brace yourself, it’s about 200 steps down to the river and up to the top of the kettle but there are benches to stop and catch your breath.

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