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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  • A must see for sure! I loved this place and will definitely visit again. I went first thing in the morning which gave me the whole place to myself. Such beautiful scenery and clear water. You take a....  more
    A must see for sure! I loved this place and will definitely visit again. I went first thing in the morning which gave me the whole place to myself. Such beautiful scenery and clear water. You take a....  more »
  • My daughter and I stopped and checked out the spring, which is a very short distance from the parking area. You board the boat and someone needs to volunteer to crank the wheel to move the boat... 
    My daughter and I stopped and checked out the spring, which is a very short distance from the parking area. You board the boat and someone needs to volunteer to crank the wheel to move the boat...  more »
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  • A 20 minute must see!
  • If you are in the UP, you must stop here

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