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

Kitch-iti-kipi ("KITCH-i-tee-KI-pee" with short "i"s) is Michigan's largest natural freshwater spring. The name means "big cold water" and is sometimes referred to as The Big Spring. Its original name was the "Mirror of Heaven" given to it by the early Native Americans.
Kitch-iti-kipi spring is one of Michigan's Upper Peninsula's major tourist attractions. It is northwest of Manistique about six miles (9.7 km) west on US Highway 2 and 12 miles (19 km) north on M-149 in Thompson Township, Schoolcraft County at the northern terminus. It is located within the Palms Book State Park.
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  • Beautiful place. He sure to ride the fact through the spring, don't sorry about the line of people, it actually moves pretty fast. The water is Crystal clear, and if you have kids, they will love...  more »
  • This was not on the way to our destination but we stopped by after all the positive reviews. It was cool to see the deep and clear water. The problem was the wait- the boat holds about 30(?) and...  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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