Palms Book State Park, Manistique

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Palms Book State Park is a state park in Thompson Township, Schoolcraft County, in the eastern Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Approximately 388acre in size, it is noted for Kitch-iti-kipi, the "Big Spring" of the Upper Peninsula. The park was founded in 1926.The springKitch-iti-kipi, the spring, is a pool of clear water 400 feet (120 m) across in its largest dimension, and up to 40 feet (12 m) deep. The spring water can be seen from above as it wells upward through the pond's bottom of bedrock limestone and sand, creating a continual pattern of random eddies and cross-currents in the depths of the pond. To the Anishinaabe people that were the original inhabitants of much of the Upper Peninsula, this site was a place of mystery and wonder. The water is 45 °F (7 °C) in both winter and summer.Since the days of the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s, the state has operated a manually propelled observation raft on which visitors can ride. The raft, which is fixed by cables, pulls out into the spring pond and allows the depths of the pond to be seen from above. The pond is stocked with trout.Indian LakeToday, more than 10,000 gallons of water per minute gush from the pond into nearby Indian Lake. Palms Book State Park protects approximately 1 mile of lake frontage.
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  • Great place to visit! Bring the kids, bring the parents, bring everyone. This place is an amazing place to take pictures.  more »
  • Be sure to stop here and walk the the path to a pond that has a large wooden raft in it. You board the raft and literally pull yourself to the middle of the pond by the rope and pulley system attached...  more »
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  • This hot spring is UNREAL!! these pictures dont do it a justice because it is just absolutely breath taking. The fish are huge, and water is crystal clear! The raft you go out on is self propelled by a big wheel you have to turn. ALSO!! If you go, look very closely at the circle spots on the bottom of the hot spring floor. You can see the sand billowing up, because 10,000 gallons are pumping out of it every minute!!!! The raft the wheelchair accessible and they allow dogs. There are picnic benches so you can stop and eat some food, swings for the kids and loads of info about the state park all of the place.
  • Not a large park, but there is a large parking area and a gift shop. The springs are just a short walk from the parking lot. The raft ride across the springs is spectacular! Lots of huge brown trout and lots of fish, the water is crystal clear and 40 feet deep! Be warned! The raft moves across the springs by PEOPLE POWER! That means that somebody has to turn a big wheel all the way across AND back again.

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