Minnesota Nature, Waterfalls January 27, 2017
The Story Behind Minnesota’s Disappearing Waterfall Is Bizarre But True
So far up north you can practically look out your window and wave to our Canadian neighbors, there’s a natural phenomenon hiding in the city of Grand Marais that has yet to be solved. Unfamiliar with this mystery? Then let us fill you in on the story behind this disappearing waterfall that will leave you feeing bewildered!
Take an adventure to
Judge C. R. Magney State Park where you'll have the opportunity to hike to an unforgettable location.
The beautiful park, which sits on the shores of Lake Superior, covers nearly 5,000 acres of Minnesota. While there's so much to see and enjoy at this park, it's the disappearing waterfall that almost always brings explorers to this fantastic place.
It's here that you'll find the scenic Brule River running through the state park.
The Brule River runs right through the state park, splitting in half once it collides with a large cluster of rhyolite. It's where the river splits in two that things start to get a bit curious...
A quick hike will bring you to an overlook area where you'll be able to view Devil's Kettle Falls, the famous phenomenon in the park.
The hike is just over two miles long, round trip. Like always, it's important to stay on the foot path. Follow the well-marked trail and you'll find yourself looking at Devil's Kettle Falls before you even know it!
Once you make your way to the falls you'll be able to witness the disappearing act for yourself!
So, what's the deal with this unusual natural wonder? As you can see in the photo above, the Brule River splits in two and creates two beautiful waterfalls. The eastern side of the river continues to cascade down and make its way into Lake Superior. But the western half? Well that's another story.
On the left hand side you can see that the river appears to flow down into a giant pothole, commonly known as a kettle. But where exactly is this water going? No one has ever been able to figure it out. A mystery that has left scientist pondering for years, attempts to follow the water's path have been nothing but failures. Ping pong balls and dye have been dropped into kettle over the years in hopes of seeing where they lead, with no one ever finding evidence of these things resurfacing ever again.
The theory? That somehow the water makes it way to Lake Superior via an underground passageway. Reportedly cameras and GPS have failed to work inside of the kettle, leaving scientists and curious researchers to know very little about Devil's Kettle Falls.
If you’ve never visited this state park, you can get a better idea of what this disappearing waterfall is like in the footage below provided by
Stephanie Moeller on YouTube:
Did you know about this waterfall or the fact that no one’s been able to solve the mystery behind it? Share your pictures of Devil’s Kettle Falls in the comments section! If you’re fascinated by natural phenomenon’s like this, then read about the
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