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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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  • It is a very nice park, it has nice trails and springs that should be visited, it is a great experience in the middle of the waters seeing the fishes swimming. 
  • Not too far off the beaten path and worth the trip. Visit the big springs. Nice clean restrooms and gift shop with snacks. 
  • My family and I happened upon this little hem in the woods. It's a short walk to the natural spring. Be sure to take the floating dock out to the middle of the spring to get the best views of the clea...  more »
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  • Amazing!! If you are close by this is a must see. The spring is the best and they have a boat like thing to take you in the middle and see to the bottom.
  • 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.
  • Absolutely gorgeous place to visit! If you're in the area it's well worth the trip! The raft ride across the springs offers a lot of gorgeous views and great photo opportunities! Perfect place for the whole family.
  • - hidden gem, worth the detour - amazing clear water, really as pictured in the photos! - go beyond the raft! take a tour around the small lake and take your childern to watch ducks and fishes and breathe the wild nature on undiscovered paths! don't stay just near the parking lot!
  • a bit off the beaten path but worth the visit, crystal clear water and large trout make it a must see