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Kitch-iti-kipi ("KITCH-i-tee-KI-pee" with short "i"s), located within Palms Book State Park, 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.Arrange to visit Kitch-Iti-Kipi (The Big Spring) and other attractions in Manistique using our Manistique route planner.
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.
Kitch-Iti-Kipi (The Big Spring) reviews
Stopped in randomly on our way home from Pictured Rocks, happy we did. Great opportunity for the toddlers in our group to see plenty of fish, learn about the springs and help wheel the observation...
Stopped in randomly on our way home from Pictured Rocks, happy we did. Great opportunity for the toddlers in our group to see plenty of fish, learn about the springs and help wheel the observation... more »
This spring is stunning! My husband and I visited in the evening and had the whole place to ourselves. It was kind of real to look at. Definitely suggest a visit but it probably wont' take more than..... more
This spring is stunning! My husband and I visited in the evening and had the whole place to ourselves. It was kind of real to look at. Definitely suggest a visit but it probably wont' take more than..... more »
Beautiful, very beautiful! Definitely worth the stop and the park pass fee! It's a quick stop too if it's not busy. If busy you will have to wait in line for the raft ride. The ride itself isn't very long and there's not really any walking trails so like I said, a quick stop. The gift shop is a bit crammed with stuff so too many people and it's hard to navigate through. They have ice cream and other snacks, decently priced.
It was a hot day and the shade was appreciated. Been wanting to see this since I heard of it. Beautiful. Didn't disappoint. Short ride across and back. On the way back,the people who took the center view, should have moved to the outside and let others move in. Gotta have a park pass or it costs $17.00 to get in. They allow well behaved dogs like ours!
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