Kitch-iti-kipi (The Big Spring)

U.P. Fall Travel Planner

Show Introduction
The Big Spring
Bishop Baraga Shrine
Rainey Wildlife Area
Canoe Trip
Ashford Lake Pathway
Colwell Lake Trail
Environmental Lab

»directions from manistique:
west on E Lakeshore Dr/US-2// turn right at M-149// stay on M-149 as it turns to the left// turn right at CR-455// turn right at Sawmill Rd./M-149// turn right at Fishingsite Rd 0.4 mi to Palms-Book State Park.

time to spend:

one hour

what to bring:



Palms Book State Park

Called one of Michigan's most alluring natural sites it is two hundred feet across and is 40-foot deep. Kitch-iti-kipi is Michigan's largest freshwater spring, with over 10,000 gallons a minute gushing from fissures in the underlying limestone. The flow continues throughout the year at a constant 45 degree Fahrenheit.

By means of a self-operated observation raft, visitors are guided to vantage points overlooking fascinating underwater features and fantasies. Ancient tree trunks, lime-encrusted branches and fat trout appear 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.

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