Kitch-Iti-Kipi (The Big Spring), Manistique

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Kitch-iti-kipi ("KITCH-i-tee-KI-pee" with short "i"s) is Michigan's largest natural freshwater spring. The name means "big cold spring" in the Ojibwe language. It is also sometimes referred to as the Big Spring. Kitch-iti-kipi, or "Mirror of Heaven" as it is referred to today, was originally given that name by the Ojibwe.
Kitch-iti-kipi spring is one of the major tourist attractions on Michigan's Upper Peninsula. It is located in Thompson Township within Schoolcraft County just northwest of the city of Manistique. It is also within Palms Book State Park. The state of Michigan was granted the spring with accompanying land in 1926, under the condition that it be turned into a public park. The state has since acquired surrounding land and expanded the park considerably.
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  • We arrived around 9:30am on a Sunday during Labor Day weekend and were able to get in the second group to ride on the raft. The view from inside the raft was the best because the roof over the raft...  more »
  • This is a stunningly beautiful stop! The water is so clear and you can everything under the water. I would however highly recommend that if you plan on stopping here, to arrive earlier in the...  more »
  • A truly beautiful site. Amazing to see such clear water with many large trout in it. You can see the spring moving sand at the bottom. The water is an eerie greenish color, beautiful. The raft takes you across the spring using a hand wheel attached to ropes. Has a nice gift shop/ice cream shop.
  • Totally worth the drive. You do have to pay per car to get into the state park, but once you are in the "boat" is free and self led. It was beautiful and serene. It was amazing how calm and respectful all the visitors were. Nothing was said to lead the boat ride, but we just got on and took turns moving it. It was such a neat experience!

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