Snapshot virtual tour
Welcome to the Judge C.R. Magney State Park virtual tour! In this journey you'll travel over trails and bridges, and survey the scenic Brule River Rapids. You'll enjoy visiting campgrounds, hiking opportunities and amazing rock features like the Devil's Kettle. We hope it prompts you to visit the park in person sometime soon.
Bridge over Brule River
Park visitors overlook the Brule River rapids from a bridge. This bridge is just a short walk from the parking lot and is situated on the trail that leads to the picnic area and the Devil's Kettle overlook.
Brule River Rapids
Whitewater rapids form over rocky outcroppings beneath the bridge on Brule River. The river winds its way quickly through the park, creating series of rapids and spectacular waterfalls.
At the bottom of the stairs, a bench sits at an overlook from which a park visitor can see the Brule River Valley and the Upper Falls. Within the forest, watch out for such wildlife as moose, deer, black bears, woodchucks and squirrels. For the birdwatcher, chickadees, nuthatches, jays and woodpeckers can be seen year-round.
Wooden stairs lead from the Devil's Kettle overlook to the Upper Falls. Heading down, park visitors are treated to spectacular views of the thick birch and aspen forest.
The Upper Falls cascade over a rocky embankment and into a quieter section of river. Located downstream of Devil's Kettle, the Upper Falls is a popular place for park visitors to stop and experience the majesty and beauty of the park.
Devil's Kettle Overlook
The falls at Devil's Kettle are split in two, with half of the river dropping 50 feet into a pool and the other half emptying into an enormous pothole. 1.1 billion years ago, dramatic volcanic activity poured lava through fissures in the crust of the earth, creating volcanic flow complexes. The flow complex that is visible at Devil's Kettle is believed to be 770 feet thick.
Above Devil's Kettle
On the Brule River above Devil's Kettle, the volcanic flow complex that characterizes the stunning falls is revealed. Whitewater rapids are formed as the water rushes towards the long drop.
Rocky banks lead up to dense woods on either side of the Brule River. The river flows through the center of the park, emptying into Lake Superior.
Superior Hiking Trail
The packed surface of the Superior Hiking Trail runs through the trees along the east side of the Brule River. The trail loops through the day-use parking area of Judge C.R. Magney State Park and exits out of the west side of the park.
Campsites with picnic tables and fire rings surround the seasonal shower building at the park campground. The quiet and peaceful campground is heavily wooded and contains 27 well-spaced sites.
A small tent is set up next to the fire ring in this campsite. Campsites are available seasonally at Judge C.R. Magney State Park.