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Devil’s Kettle: Mystery in Minnesota

The water fall known as Devil’s Kettle has long been the center of mystery and debate.

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It is not often when a state park is associated with the words “unknown phenomenon.”  But these are the words that are attached to the Judge C. R. Magney State Park in Minnesota. The C.R. Magney State Park has long been the center of many geological scientific experiments and observations; experiments and observation that have revealed little in the way of answers.  So, what is the cause of all this commotion?  Well, believe it or not, a simple waterfall, known as Devil’s Kettle located within C.R. Magney State Park is the reason.

The Devil’s Kettle Phenomenon

Devils Kettle has puzzled geographers and geologists for many years.  Running through the state of Minnesota, the Brulle River ends in a very puzzling fashion, at Devil’s Kettle.  The river splits in two.  Half of it plunges off a fifty foot cliff into a waiting pool below.  The other half runs into a very mysterious pot hole, seemingly disappearing for ever.  No one knows for certain what happens to the water that disappears into the pothole.  There is no known outlet; it is almost as it the pothole at Devils Kettle leads to some mysterious void. Water, tree branches, rocks, boulders, and anything else thrown in just seem to vanish forever. 

Researchers, in hopes of discovering where the pot hole at Devil’s Kettle leads, have dropped dyes and colored ping pong balls into this swirling vortex, but to no avail.  Everything, including the water, just disappears, to never be seen or heard from again.  As foreboding as it sounds, nothing ever comes out of the Devils kettle. 

Explanation of Devil’s Kettle

Of course, there are plenty of logical explanations for the Devil’s Kettle phenomenon. Probably one of the most popular is that the water either rejoins the river later down stream, or that it enters Lake Superior through some undetected underground entrance. There is also the possibility of the water entering some network of volcanic fissures, which were created when the rock was formed some billion years ago. 

It should, however, be noted that these are just theories, based on very little evidence.  No one knows for certain what happens to something when it enters that pothole at the base of Devils kettle. It could be a very simple explanation, with sound logic and reason.  Or maybe there is some other, more paranormal phenomenon at work.  No one knows. 

One thing is for certain.  Devil’s Kettle is a great geological phenomenon to behold.  If you are ever near the   Judge C. R. Magney state park in Minnesota, you should stop and take a look.  Who knows, you just might be able to add some more insight into the whole Devil’s Kettle conundrum. 

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  1. Emi

    On February 25, 2011 at 3:39 am


    It’s probably the water source of another civilization.

  2. Josh

    On August 12, 2011 at 5:24 am


    Why dont they just throw an underwater camera down there attached to a line and see where the camera ends up?

  3. wim

    On April 9, 2012 at 3:03 pm


    why dont they throw sope in it that wil apear somewhere else

  4. wim

    On April 9, 2012 at 3:03 pm


    why dont they throw sope in it that wil apear somewhere else

  5. Drue

    On August 25, 2012 at 8:38 pm


    Just seen this place in the horror flick ‘Jennifer’s Body’. Intriguing. I agree with Josh. If scientists really wanted to see where the hole lead, a camera & several miles of wire should do it. Or abseilers could always take the plunge.

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