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Kitch-Iti-Kipi (Big Springs)

Palms Book State Park, Manistique, Michigan 49854 USA

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“take in this breathtaking legend”

Palms Book is an exciting side trip for visitors touring the Upper Peninsula. Known as one of Michigan's alluring natural attractions, the park is home to Kitch-iti-kipi or the “Big Spring.” It is Michigan's largest freshwater spring spanning 200-feet across and 40-foot deep. The flow continues throughout the year at a constant 45 degrees Fahrenheit gushing more than 10,000 gallons of water a minute from fissures in the underlying limestone. By means of a self-guided observation raft, visitors are guided to vantage points overlooking fascinating underwater features and fantasies. Ancient tree trunks, lime-encrusted branches and fat trout can be seen as they slip through crystal waters far below. Clouds of sand kept in constant motion by gushing waters create ever-changing shapes and forms - a challenge to the imagination. The self-guided observation raft and the trail leading to it are ADA accessible.

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Reviewed by
Joel Schat

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September 10, 2014
Rated 5.0

I'll admit I was skeptical as to how awesome this place was.. When you arrive you park in the lot and walk through a short path and at first all you see is a small lake. Once you get to the edge you will realize that its not just a small lake. Its a massive spring with the clearest water I have ever seen!

There is a small raft with a wheel to pull you across. YOU HAVE TO DO THIS! you can look through the bottom and over the edges and see hundreds of fish swimming around and where the spring water comes up!

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Reviewed by
littleredpi

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  • 2 Helpful
August 28, 2014
Rated 5.0

Stunning and well worth the trip! Try to get a campsite on the nearby Indian Lake. Some of the most pristine water I have ever seen!

2 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
rubi.randazzo

  • 2 Reviews
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July 17, 2014

So cool! Beautiful and magical to see and the air smells amazingly fresh. Big fish and clear water. Easy to get to for any age with restrooms, swings, grills and picnic tables.

2 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
cinnilouwho

  • 6 Reviews
  • 6 Helpful
February 08, 2015
Rated 5.0

Beautiful & amazing place. But remember this is a Michigan State Park, so it's not free & you do need a recreation passport or a daily pass to visit if the both is being tended!!! Offseason it's an honor system! So worth it though!!!
Camping nearby at on of the private campgrounds is CHEAP, 2014 rates were $24 for full hook up, cable tv & wifi!!!!

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
angela.cornette

  • 1 Review
  • 1 Helpful
June 18, 2014

I go every time I make it to manstique love it there

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
campbellwi

  • 11 Reviews
  • 9 Helpful
August 20, 2019

This was awesome! Even though it was rainy, the raft has a cover on it so you can still see clearly. All 3 teenagers loved it!

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Reviewed by
Lestes96

  • 11 Reviews
  • 1 Helpful
March 13, 2019
Rated 5.0

Great stop in the UP. The hand powered raft is fun for kids and adults. Very cool to glide over the springs and see the fish.

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Reviewed by
BonnieKnoppe

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October 09, 2018
Rated 5.0

Well worth the trip. Stunning emerald water, teeming with large trout. The self operated covered raft has an open bottom to view the deep, clear water.

Surrounded by lovely forest, there’s lots of opportunities for photos and hikes.

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Reviewed by
Pittsadventures

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August 02, 2018
Rated 5.0

Beautiful a trip worth taking!

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Reviewed by
Deanna Finchamp

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  • 1 Helpful
September 21, 2017
Rated 5.0

One of the most incredible things I've ever seen!! Super easy to get to and navigate. Also, a poke stop and gym 😉

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Kitch-Iti-Kipi (Big Springs)

Palms Book State Park
Manistique, Michigan
49854 USA

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Open now until 10:00 pm
  • Sun - Sat: 8:00 am - 10:00 pm

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  • Independent
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Public Restrooms
  • Private Parking
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  • Free Parking
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