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 of Schoolcraft County, northwest of the town of Manistique, 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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  • What a neat place. Very short walk to get to the spring. We could see many smaller fish just hanging out along the shallow edge. We went closer to the raft and were very happy to see that the...  more »
  • This is one of the places if you are in Michigan's Upper Peninsula you need to make a point to visit, you will not regret the decision..from the trail leading to the raft to the self navigated trip...  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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