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Everyone in Michigan Must Visit This Epic Natural Spring As Soon As Possible

Known as Michigan’s largest natural freshwater spring, Kitch-iti-kipi just outside of Manistique is known by a few other names, including The Big Spring and “Mirror of Heaven” (named by native peoples). Once you take a look at its natural beauty, you will see why it gets such a moniker.

You’ll find the pristine emerald pool when you visit the UP at Palms Book State Park, after a brief walk on a 50-yard path through a wooded area. Here, take a look.

At 200 feet across and 40 feet deep, this place gets more than 10,000 gallons of water gushing into it from fissures in underlying limestone.

This constant flow, plus a continual temperatures of 45 degrees at all times mean this body of water never freezes, not matter how cold it gets during brutal Michigan winters. This makes the spring a popular tourist destination, no mater the time of year. Guests are able to float right on top of it, thanks to covered wooden rafts on hand for people’s use.

The thing that makes this place so magical are the intense crystal blues and greens produced by the algae…. Truly a remarkable sight.

It shouldn’t come as any surprise that Kitch-iti-kipi is one of the most popular places to visit in the UP, perhaps in all of Michigan. Tell us, what are some of your favorite memories of visiting the spring? Is it truly magic?

 

Serena Maria Daniels
Serena Maria Daniels is an award-winning freelance journalist in Detroit, by way of Chicago, by way of the West Coast. She writes about Michigan for OIYS. Serena enjoys learning about language and culture and taking road trips with her beagle Ralph.