Tent Camping Near The Devil's Kettle

Finding a camp site anywhere for tent camping in mid August can be a challenge if you haven’t reserved one ahead of time.  August is one of the most popular months to spend time in camping tents because it seems to rain less.  While it is also a very hot month in most locations, people will normally tolerate the heat and prefer not to have to worry about rain and getting wet.

Things have changed since the good old days when you could show up and often get a spot without reservations but I always recommend calling the camp grounds first to determine availability for camping tents on their camp site.

Devil's Kettle Falls

Devil's Kettle Falls

If you are willing to try pitching your camping tents at a camp site that is rustic and has no electricity, try the Lake Superior shore north of Grand Marais at Judge C.R. Magney State Park. They don’t have electrical hookups so they usually don’t fill. The park is located 14 miles northeast of Grand Marais on State Highway 61. You can check availability by calling (218) 387-3039.

The most popular hike leads from the trailhead upstream along the Brule River to Devil’s Kettle, where the river splits around a mass of volcanic rock. Half of the river plunges 50 feet into a pool, while the rest pours into a huge pothole. Anglers can catch brook trout and rainbow trout in the Brule River or its tributary, Gauthier Creek. The park offers camping, picnicking and hiking.

Devil’s Kettle Falls is in Minnesota’s Judge Magney State Park is a very unusual, and even mysterious waterfall.  As can be seen in the picture, the river is split in two as it goes over the falls.  The section on the right, lands at the base of the falls and continues downstream.  The section on the left vanishes into a pothole known as the Devil’s Kettle and no one knows where it goes.  It is believed that the water makes its way out to Lake Superior by means of underground passages, but the exact details are unknown.   They have thrown dyes and logs and other things into the pothole, but apparently nothing ever comes out. If you have ever worried about falling over a waterfall, imagine falling into the Devil’s Kettle.

Large animals that inhabit Jude Magney State Park while you spend time near your camping tents include Moose, white-tailed deer, black bears, and timber

Chinook Santa Ana 3 Person Tent - Backpacking Tents

Chinook Santa Ana 3 Person Tent - Backpacking Tents

wolves.  Smaller visitors you may may see include the woodchuck, snowshoe hare, red squirrel, and chipmunk. In the spring and summer, listen for the songs of warblers. All year round, chickadees, nuthatches, jays, woodpeckers, and ruffed grouse can be seen in the park.

Hikers and backpackers will want to bring their backpacking tents.  If you are looking at buying new backpacking tents for yourself or a small group, I suggest looking closely at the Chinook Santa Ana 3 Person Backpacking Tents.

Since you may likely be hiking around Devil’s Falls, you’ll enjoy the fact that the Santa Ana 3 person tent is lightweight, free-standing and extremely easy to pitch. The simple, yet unique design saves weight and makes setting up a breeze. You can find this tent at Camping Tents Haven along with hundreds of other tents, lots of camping gear and camping furniture.

It also has a rain fly that allows you to customize the tent to the season and conditions. Remove one or both zip-off vestibules to reduce weight and increase ventilation without being at the mercy of the elements. Remember, “The Joy is in the Journey”.


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