The mysterious (not to mention appealing) Devils Kettle Falls is an almost unknown natural wonder! Plus, it remains a mystery that STILL defies explanation! And who DOESN’T love a good mystery? The unique waterfall known as Devils Kettle Falls is part of the Judge C.R. Magney State Park. This is situated in the state of Minnesota, in the United States. The waterfall is part of the final stages of the Brule River, as it approaches Lake Superior. It is here that a mystery occurs that defies explanation to this day! Do you find yourself intrigued yet?
Devils Kettle Falls Geology
The geology of Devils Kettle Falls is (to the naked eye, at least!) unremarkable…though certainly pleasing to the eye. The waterfall is situated approximately 1.5 mi (2.4 km) before the end of the Brule River. The river drops an impressive 800 ft (244 m) over the course of only 8 mi (12.8 km). Then, it flows over a unique waterfall! The flow is divided by an outcropping of rhyolite (a volcanic rock). The eastern section plunges approximately 50 ft (15 m) down a two-stage waterfall. However, the other portion is where the MYSTERY begins!
Devils Kettle Falls Mystery
The unexplained phenomenon that is Devils Kettle Falls has perplexed mankind since before the first Europeans arrived on the continent! The Native Americans knew it well. On the western side of the waterfall, the water swirls down a large hole in the rock. This hole is approximately 10 ft (3 m) in diameter. Where the water goes…..no person has EVER been able to determine (EVER!). It was once assumed it flowed into a subterranean river, into nearby Lake Superior. However, scientists have investigated, sending everything from ping pong balls, to dye, to sensors down the flow. No sign of any of these has EVER been detected….anywhere in the world! Nature STILL keeps her mysteries!
Todd Sain Sr.