They're replanting/restoring right now so most sites are only separated by chicken wire as opposed to plants/trees, etc. This is a small park and the sites are really close to each other already so with no growth between sites there's really no privacy. Showers are closed because of COVID so I can't weigh in on those. Vault toilets could have been worse. The hike to devil's kettle is awesome and shouldn't be missed. Definitely go with a higher number campsite (in the 20's).
The state park campgrounds still being closed due to the pandemic is actually a prime time to assess the quality of different campsites! This was also somehow my first visit to this state park ever, despite coming up to the North Shore generally at least twice a year for the last 8 years. I think I was dissuaded by the constant references to all of the stairs required to reach the falls. I did not find them to be terribly exhausting, but if you are not in shape you will definitely want to take advantage of the rest bench that is about halfway up the staircase.
The highlight is definitely Devil’s Kettle falls- where some of the water from the falls disappears into the rock and doesn’t obviously resurface anywhere. Science says that this mystery water resurfaces shortly after the falls, but people like the story about how if you throw in a ping pong ball that you will not find where it resurfaces.
The campground suffers from the same issue that a lot of North Shore parks suffer from- their close proximity to Hwy 61 and its 60 mph speed limit which means you get plenty of road noise. The facilities are on the older side, and I anticipate that they will stay this way for quite some time since this isn’t one of the most popular state parks in this area. A lot of the sites are quite small, especially the smaller numbers. Please see the videos and pics for site comments!
Great campsites with water and bathrooms. Lots of hiking in the area. Dogs welcome. One of my favorite st park campgrounds. A good hike to see kettle falls.
One mile hike to the Devil's Kettle Falls. You can hear the rapids at night. Fairly small campground with close together campsites.
Sites are fairly close together, hence a lack of privacy. It was nice being able to shower and use a flush toilet though. Devils Kettle at the park was also nice.
This campground had a good amount of space in between campsites and amenities that suited our needs. Beautiful park especially with the river and Devil's Kettle. Visiting again soon!
Didn’t camp there but hiked it last year in May!
We were impressed with how great the hiking trails were. We only had a few hours to explore the park and we were not disappointed. The trail to Devil's Kettle was a nice hike. Be warned lots of stairs but excellently maintained.
On our 3rd day of a 4 day trip on the Superior Hiking Trail, heading north out of Grand Marais, we stopped at Judge C.R. Magney State Park. Our morning started at the Kadunce campsite; we headed south and did the famed lake walk and then headed north following the little Brule River, then a straight line East following private property until we hit Judge Magney and did a short stint south to the campsite. The next morning we'd be heading North again along the Brule River. Passing the famed Devils Kettle, a waterfall that splits in two and half disappears. Back at the campsite we were site #8. It is a spacious flat area that is suitable for drive in campers and vehicles. The fire pit and picnic table were together and there were a few trees at the site to hang our hammocks from. The bathrooms were across the road, a comfortable distance for noise but easy access at night. We were also very close to the SHT to hop right back on the next morning. Overall the location was pretty great, we were surrounded by nature on two sides and the other campsite was pretty separate from us. Just an FYI it was a quiet campsite mostly filled with older couples.
During our backpacking trip we took a few "excursions" without our heavier backpacks and we used the Ethnotek Cross Body Bag to bring along snacks and extras. Some pro's of the bag were the large opening and sizable closure. Inside were a few different sized pockets for holding smaller items and a small side zip for quickly grabbing an item without opening the whole bag. The large 'seatbelt' looking strap could be held around the waist, fanny pack style, or cross body. For me the crossbody was a bit of an awkward fit. Being a women the strap goes right across the chest and either smooshes you or divides you extravagantly. Wearing it as a fanny pack, it's a bit large so you wear it with the bag to the back and it works well. The unique styling of the bag design and the fabrics make this a fun bag to travel with. I always enjoy products that support artisans from other cultures and Ethnotek does just that. Overall I give the Cross Body Bag by Ethnotek 4.5 out of 5 stars. https://ethnotek.com/products/cyclo-cross-body-bag?variant=1894797639704
This was our least favorite of campsites of four this summer. The sites were so close together and I felt bad for the people who were next to my sometimes rambunctious kids. There were a lot of trees for our hammock, though! There was not a lot to do, but maybe a good stop if someone is hiking the Superior Trail.
We did enjoy hiking to Devil’s Kettle Falls and driving down to the lake to look for agates. Brunch at Naniboujou Lodge was a nice hot breakfast. Other than that, nothing too spectacular.