This Mysterious Waterfall Disappears Into a Hole Known as “The Devil’s Kettle” Never to Be Seen Again

March 11, 2016 | Johannes Van Zijl

Devil's Kettle waterfalls
Photo credit: Screen capture from video by Atlas Obscura

The Devil’s Kettle has puzzled hikers and geologist for generations!

There is a mystery of nature that has not yet been solved — the Devil’s Kettle Falls, near Lake Superior’s north shore, Minnesota. The Brule River flows into a fork of volcanic rock (Rhyolite), which splits the river in two, resulting in a double waterfall.

One of the waterfall runs down the rocks and continues to flow, as normal, down the river. The puzzling part is with the other half of the waterfall; it runs into a deep hole and disappears. Geologists have been puzzled by this strange occurrence, with no one really sure where the water goes. All that is known is that half of the Brule River runs down this hole, and is never seen again.

A look inside the Devil’s Kettle Falls:


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In the video below, by Atlas Obscura, Dylan explains some techniques geologists have tried in order to find out where the water goes. They have tried throwing GPS trackers down the mysterious hole, putting dyes into the water to try and keep track of the flow, and even dropping ping pong balls. But nothing seems to give them any clues to where the water goes once it enters “The Devil’s Kettle”.


Let us know what you think might be happening with the water, you can leave your suggestions and comments in the section below.

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