State Parks

State Parks

State parks are a fabulous place to begin your exploration of the outdoors. Observation and curiosity are the only prerequisites. Trail systems are designed to bring you near unique park features and often provide an explanation with a placard or trail map. If there’s a visitor center, stop by and ask for their recommendations for the day. Parks are open year round and require a day pass.


Area State Parks

Cascade River State Park

Ten short miles to the west on Highway 61 is Cascade River State Park. Named for the many cascades, mini-waterfalls, along the lower reaches of the river, it is known for excellent hiking and cross-country ski trails. You can enter the park off Highway 61 and pick up a pass at the visitor center, or park in the area provided off the highway. Easy paths lead up both sides of the river and you can make a quick loop up and over the foot bridge or climb to Lookout Mountain, explore the river or walk parallel Lake Superior’s shore.

Judge C R. Magney State Park

This park is all about the famed Devil’s Kettle, a 50-foot bottomless waterfall. To get to the Kettle, hike a moderate one-mile trail high above the river to a wooden staircase leading 200 steps down to the base of the Lower Falls. A brief climb brings you to the Upper Falls and the Devil’s Kettle, where the river splits and half the water disappears into a churning cauldron. While most waterfalls are best viewed in the spring when the water level is high, the Devil’s Kettle is best viewed from late spring through fall. You can continue hiking alongside the Brule River but the only way back is up the 200 steps you descended on your way in. Judge Magney is 14 miles east on Highway 61.

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This morning I went out to Artist's Point in Grand Marais to photograph the sunrise over the big lake. The actual sunrise wasn't that good, because clouds blocked the horizon, so I walked down to this slot, which has a direct view of the sun this time of year. Then I waited about 1 hour until the sun broke over the top of the clouds. I knew that if I could get the sun slightly behind the clouds and have a big wave wash into the slot at the same time, I'd have a good photo. The water is high on the big lake, so this is the first time I've been able to get water washing into the puddle in the foreground with only 2-foot waves on the big lake. It's definitely getting November out there. I got a little chilled in the 10°F temps while I was waiting for the sun to break over the clouds. The shoreline is icy as well, so I'm going to have to break out the crampons to be able to walk along the shore. Happy Sunday!

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