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’s received such a moniker. As the most beautiful natural spring in Michigan, this site is a delight for visitors and locals alike. 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, no 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 observation 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.
Structurally, this site is a bit like a sinkhole… but underground water sources have made it into a little oasis.
As part of Palms Book State Park, this pretty place abounds with nature… both above and below the water.
Prepare to fall in love with this slice of paradise.
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 the entirety of the state. You can learn more about this stunning spot at the Upper Peninsula travel website. Tell us, what are some of your favorite memories of visiting this natural spring in Michigan? Is it truly magic?
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