Michigan's Largest Spring.
Named the "Mirror of Heaven" by the early Indians.
Located in Palms Book State Park
Kitch-iti-kipi is located just west of Manistique at Palms Book State Park. Go 6 miles west of Manistique on US 2 to Thompson, take M-149 north for 12 miles to the park.
One of the Upper Peninsula's major attractions, Kitch-iti-kipi or "The Big Spring" is two hundred feet across and forty feet deep. Over 10,000 gallons a minute gush from many fissures in underlying limestone, the flow continuing throughout the year at a constant 45 degree temperature so the spring never freezes and can be enjoyed any season of the year.
This raft is on a cable that is pulled across the pool by a park employee or can easily be operated by any visitors to the park. The fast flowing spring can be seen through the viewing windows or you can look over the side of the viewing raft. This beautiful crystal clear spring can also be enjoyed from the shore.
Ancient tree trunks, mineral-encrusted branches and fat trout appear to be suspended in nothingness 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 of young and old alike.
Near the Spring is a pleasant and shaded picnic area, modern toilet facilities and the Palms Book Trading Post. Pick up a picnic lunch and enjoy your meal in this quiet, peaceful park. Souvenirs, T-shirts, sweatshirts, books, ice cream treats and beverages are for sale. The Trading Post open daily from mid-May through mid-October.
The Legend of Kitch-iti-kipi
Kitch-iti-kipi was supposedly a young chieftain whose girlfriend got the best of him. He told her he loved her far above the other dark-haired maidens dancing near his birchbark wigwam. "Prove it," she insisted. As a test of his devotion, she declared that he must set sail in his canoe on the pool deep in the conifer swamp. He was to catch her from his canoe as she leaped from an overhanging bough. His canoe tipped over as he was looking for her, while she was back at her village laughing with the other indian maidens about his silly quest.
According to legend the Spring was named Kitch-iti-kipi in memory of the young chieftain who went to his death in the icy waters in an attempt to satisfy the vain caprice of his ladylove.
Just a short drive north of Highway US-2 and you
will be able to enjoy Kitch-iti-kipi