Michigan's Largest Spring.
Named the "Mirror of Heaven" by the early Indians.
Located in Palms Book State Park
Kitch-iti-kipi is located just west of Manistique at Palms Book State Park. Go 6 miles west of Manistique on US 2 to Thompson, take M-149 north for 12 miles to the park.
One of the Upper Peninsula's major attractions, Kitch-iti-kipi or "The Big Spring" is two hundred feet across and forty feet deep. Over 10,000 gallons a minute gush from many fissures in underlying limestone, the flow continuing throughout the year at a constant 45 degree temperature so the spring never freezes and can be enjoyed any season of the year.
This raft is on a cable that is pulled across the pool by a park employee or can easily be operated by any visitors to the park. The fast flowing spring can be seen through the viewing windows or you can look over the side of the viewing raft. This beautiful crystal clear spring can also be enjoyed from the shore.
Ancient tree trunks, mineral-encrusted branches and fat trout appear to be suspended in nothingness as they slip through crystal waters far below. Clouds of sand kept in constant motion by gushing waters create ever-changing shapes and forms, a challenge to the imagination of young and old alike.
Near the Spring is a pleasant and shaded picnic area, modern toilet facilities and a park store. Pick up a picnic lunch and enjoy your meal in this quiet, peaceful park. Beverages, some food items, and souvenirs available at the Park Concession Store.
Try a winter visit on skis or snowshoes. Snowmobile and cross country trails are nearby. Kitch-iti-kipi is about 300 yards down on the Park's unplowed road, but you will find a most memorable sight - Kitch-iti-kipi bubbling away in the middle of winter. No wonder the Indians thought the spring was magical.
Palms Book State Park is open daily from May 15 through September 30. Michigan State Park Vehicle Permit needed for admission. There is no camping or fishing at Palms Book State Park but you can enjoy both at nearby Indian Lake State Park or at the many nearby lakes and streams.
Kitch-iti-kipi was supposedly a young chieftain whose girlfriend got the best of him. He told her he loved her far above the other dark-haired maidens dancing near his birchbark wigwam. "Prove it," she insisted. As a test of his devotion, she declared that he must set sail in his canoe on the pool deep in the conifer swamp. He was to catch her from his canoe as she leaped from an overhanging bough. His canoe tipped over as he was looking for her, while she was back at her village laughing with the other indian maidens about his silly quest.
According to legend the Spring was named Kitch-iti-kipi in memory of the young chieftain who went to his death in the icy waters in an attempt to satisfy the vain caprice of his ladylove.
in Palms Book State Park, one of Michigan's most beautiful sights.
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