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Kitch-Iti-Kipi (The Big Spring) in Midwest

Michigan’s largest freshwater spring is a geological phenomenon and a great fishing spot

Kitch-Iti-Kipi (The Big Spring)
Kitch-Iti-Kipi (The Big Spring)
Kitch-Iti-Kipi (The Big Spring)
Kitch-Iti-Kipi (The Big Spring)
Kitch-iti-kipi, Richardsons Mill, Manistique, Michigan
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Kitch-iti-kipi means big cold water, but the original Native American name of this spring was the "Mirror of Heaven". The spring is located northwest of Manistique about 10 km(6ml) west on US Highway 2 and 19 km (12 ml) north on M-149 in Thompson Township. A big oval pool 91 m × 53 m (300 x 175 feet) is located on the grounds of the Palms Book State Park.

The stream flows 630 litres per second (10,000 gallons per minute) of water throughout the year with a temperature of 7 °C (45 °F). It is still not known for sure where the huge amount of water that fills the lake is coming from. By an underground stream, Kitch-iti-kipi is connected to a nearby Indian Lake.

The pool with the emerald green bottom is surrounded by ancient tree trunks with mineral encrustments. Transparent water is full of trout, brown trout and brook trout.

A floating observation raft takes visitors to some of the most scenic points to view the water. It's best to visit Kitch-iti-kipi during a warmer time of the year. The season runs spring through autumn.

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What is unique about the spring at Kitch-iti-kipi?

The underwater spring at Kitch-iti-kipi is one of Michigan's most extensive freshwater springs, making it a geological phenomenon. From the spring, 10,000 gallons of cool, clear water flow per minute throughout the year. This picturesque lake offers plenty of natural beauty, with emerald-colored water and incredible visual views sure to take one's breath away. Show more

What is the meaning behind the Native American name for Kitch-iti-kipi?

The Native American name for Kitch-iti-kipi is "Mirror of Heaven," which refers to the reflection of the clear, pristine waters. Thanks to the spring's crystal-clear quality, the lake creates a beautiful mirror-like effect under the sunrays, making it an awe-inspiring destination. This perfect reflection has become a popular tourist attraction and admired by nature enthusiasts from around the globe. Show more

What is the best time of year to visit Kitch-iti-kipi for trout fishing?

For those interested in trout fishing, the recommended time to visit Kitch-iti-kipi is from March through November. This period offers the best weather conditions, allowing visitors to enjoy the trout fishing experience. The weather is perfect, with pleasant temperatures and sunny skies. Additionally, the surrounding areas of the spring are also perfect for nature walks and scenic tours on the observation raft. Show more

What are the rules for visitors wanting to rent a boat or go fishing at Kitch-iti-kipi?

Visitors who want to rent boats at Kitch-iti-kipi must use the rental facilities available on-site and cannot bring their own. Additionally, visitors must follow specific restrictions regarding boat rentals, fishing, and swimming areas. Fishing also requires a Michigan fishing license; hence visitors must ensure they follow the rules and regulations governing the fishing area and avoid any violation of the park's policies. Show more

How can visitors access Kitch-iti-kipi within the Palms Book State Park?

Located in Palms Book State Park, Kitch-iti-kipi is accessible via M-149. The park is approximately 10 km (6 ml) northwest of Manistique on US Highway 2 and 19 km (12 ml) north on M-149 in Thompson Township. Visitors can enjoy hiking trails and learn about the area's history and ecology while visiting the spring. Show more

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