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It was about lunch time when we left Judge C. R. Magney State Park so we decided to drive over to Naniboujou Club Lodge and see if they were serving lunch. They weren’t but they were just about to start so we wandered around taking photos of the place. It was built in the 1920’s as an ultra exclusive private club with¬† Babe Ruth, Jack Dempsey and Ring Lardner among its charter members. A membership of 1000 was originally sought, but when the stock market crashed on “Black Tuesday” precipitating¬† the 1929 depression, the club began to fail. In the mid 1930’s the club reached a state of financial shambles. The mortgage was foreclosed, and it was sold. It is an amazing place and we vowed to come back and stay on our next trip to the area.

After driving around a bit we decided to head to Judge C. R. Magney State Park for some hiking. It was another beautiful day. Our first stop was lower falls where there was quite a bit of spray because of the large amount of water flowing over the falls.

We then headed to Devil’s Kettle Falls¬† which was also impressive. Difficult to photograph because of the bright sunshine but still an impressive visit.

We stopped for a morning hike up to Devil’s Kettle. It was a nice day when we started. When we reached the lower portion of the falls there was a lot of spray and it was almost impossible to take any photos.

Devil's Kettle

Devil’s Kettle

We walked up the steps to view Devil’s Kettle and grabbed a few photos. As we looked off to the Northwest we could see some black clouds so we decided to head back to the car.


We were almost back to the car when we heard sever claps of thunder. We had just met some other hikers heading up to the Kettle. We took off for the car and they followed. About a minute after getting in the car the skies opened up.


On the way back to Grand Marais we stopped at Judge C .R. Magney State Park to photograph the waterfalls. We hiked along the river to Devil’s Kettle Falls. It was a bright sunny day but my variable neutral density filter allowed me to capture the fall as I wanted to capture it.


We took a few shots of the falls before heading back down to the lower falls. The lower fall really required a wide angle lens but since I didn’t have the correct filter I tried to capture an intimate photo of the falls.