Palms Book State Park, Manistique

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Palms Book State Park is a state park in Thompson Township, Schoolcraft County, in the eastern Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Approximately 388acre in size, it is noted for Kitch-iti-kipi, the "Big Spring" of the Upper Peninsula. The park was founded in 1926.The springKitch-iti-kipi, the spring, is a pool of clear water 400 feet (120 m) across in its largest dimension, and up to 40 feet (12 m) deep. The spring water can be seen from above as it wells upward through the pond's bottom of bedrock limestone and sand, creating a continual pattern of random eddies and cross-currents in the depths of the pond. To the Anishinaabe people that were the original inhabitants of much of the Upper Peninsula, this site was a place of mystery and wonder. The water is 45 °F (7 °C) in both winter and summer.Since the days of the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s, the state has operated a manually propelled observation raft on which visitors can ride. The raft, which is fixed by cables, pulls out into the spring pond and allows the depths of the pond to be seen from above. The pond is stocked with trout.Indian LakeToday, more than 10,000 gallons of water per minute gush from the pond into nearby Indian Lake. Palms Book State Park protects approximately 1 mile of lake frontage.
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  • October 2, 2017
    This state park is the entrance to Kitch-Iti-Kipi, the raft that goes across the spring fed lake. It's an easy walk to the raft through parts of the woods, very peaceful. There are picnic tables and s...  more »
  • September 28, 2017
    Plenty of parking. Clean bathrooms. Plenty of picnic tables. Gift shop that is well stocked. Many information signs for you to read about this place. Short walk through the woods. At the river is this...  more »
  • September 28, 2017
    This spring fed lake is awesome. Clear water, you see everything. Hand propelled raft to take to the center and back.  more »
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  • March 7, 2017
    This is a must for anyone driving through the area. Very cool raft ride to see the trout :)
  • August 23, 2016
    Really neat natural spring with crystal clear water. Hand powered open bottom raft takes you across the spring. You can see the springs bubbling up from the bottom of the lake. Also saw a number of enormous trout. A 30 to 60 minute stop depending on the number of people there. Small gift shop and rest rooms. Need a state recreation pass or one can be purchased there for $11.
  • May 29, 2017
    Such a unique place and the boat ride was beautiful
  • July 1, 2017
    An incredible place to visit!
  • December 30, 2016
    Really cool spring. You can go out on the water year round on a self propelled floating deck.

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