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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  • This park is famous because of the Big Spring. It's not the only attraction of this place. Especially during the fall, when colors are changing. you have great opportunity to see so many beautiful... 
    This park is famous because of the Big Spring. It's not the only attraction of this place. Especially during the fall, when colors are changing. you have great opportunity to see so many beautiful...  more »
  • Long wait, but well worth it. Clear beautiful water defiantly like heavens mirror. The kids liked the big fish too. 
    Long wait, but well worth it. Clear beautiful water defiantly like heavens mirror. The kids liked the big fish too.  more »
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  • This is where Kitchitikipee springs are located. First time going there in the winter. Raft was working, but lots of ice on it & the trail is snow covered & slick to get there. Ducks, chickadees, & lots of huge fish & minnows in the water. Out houses available. Limited parking as it's not fully snowplowed. Good place to go with a snowmobile! Not too busy this aft. There's a good bar for food & drinks & a small store on the road on the way there.
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