mm 123.8 Judge Magney State Park & Devil’s Kettle

Similar to Manitou Park’s essence, but more accommodating to tent and trailer campers. While many boast of the Brule’s fishing, the park’s real claim to fame is the Devil’s Kettle. Rumored to have no bottom, this cauldron perpetually drinks down half the river’s water flow. The riverside hike treats you to excellent vantage points of the Lower and Upper Falls and the Devil’s Kettle.

The park name honors Judge Magney, an advocate of state parks, who helped establish 11 state parks and waysides on the North Shore. Take a moment and tip your hat to this visionary.


COVID-19 Update

State parks, recreation areas, campgrounds, and other public lands remain open to the public for people to enjoy; however, visitors will experience some changes in services available. State park visitor centers, contact stations, and other ancillary buildings will be closed. With contact stations closed, visitors will pay through self-pay and informational kiosks located at each facility. Visitors are also encouraged to purchase daily and annual park passes through the online portal before they visit.

For the time being, state parks naturalist programs are canceled. We are working to determine which of these programs are compatible with social distancing and will resume naturalist programing to the extent possible. State park bathrooms, vault toilets and shower buildings that are currently open will remain open, with increased cleaning protocols.

details from the MN DNR

  • Ranger Station

    On road into campground on west side of Brule River; sells firewood and park permits

  • Camping

    Open mid-May to early October

    • 27 drive-in sites (45′ RV length limit)
    • Firewood sold at the park
    • Accessible toilets and showers, vault toilets


  • Maps
  • Waterfalls

    Dramatic Upper and Lower Falls of the Brule River and the legendary Devil’s Kettle 50-foot falls & bottomless cauldron

  • Historical Sites

    The remains of the 1930s Grover Conzet WPA camp are still evident throughout the campground.

  • Picnic Areas

    One area on the east side of the river .1 mile walk in, and one adjacent to the day-use parking area on the west side of the river.

  • Hiking

    9 miles; riverside and through the forest including the 2.25 mile round-trip trail to the Devil’s Kettle (moderate plus 200 stairs you need to descend and ascend)

    • Superior Hiking Trail loops through day-use parking area
    • 1-mile self-guided nature trail
    • snowshoeing trails
  • Fishing

    Brule River and streams within the park

  • Snowshoeing

    Anywhere in the park