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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  • We spent about 30 minutes in this park, waiting in line, getting on the platform, looking at spring. the water is clear and green, we could see the spring and fishes in the water. it's pretty...  more »
  • The spring was very clear and the air was very calm. We could go to the middle of spring and watch the bottom of spring. It was a very nice state park!  more »
  • This was a place i had only been too once many, many years ago. Had wanted to get back to show my two daughters. They both enjoyed it very much. They loved how crystal clear the water is and they found a spot where they could touch it and feel how cold it was. In all it was a nice little journey.
  • Amazing place to see. The water is so clear, spring fed ice cold water with a temp of 45 degrees it amazing it never freezes. A hidden hem in the U.P.

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