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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  • The place to visit for sure! Bring any guests with you too. Fantastic and amazing place. Always great to see. Very clean. Meet people from all over the world.  more »
  • 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 »
  • 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 »
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  • FAB view of a CLEAR 45ft deep spring from a self-propelled guided raft. HUGE fish and bubbling springs in the sand below. Open viewing section in the middle of the raft. Handicapped accessible paths and raft. Wonderful and different serene experience!
  • There is a lot to do in this area if you love the outdoors. The drive through this area is beautiful fields and coastline. There are many parks and campgrounds. Fayette is a beautiful abandon iron smelting town that has a great history and open park with with the old buildings still intact and you can freely walk through. Visiting the peninsulas you can see some great views that you don’t normal get to see if Lake Michigan. The campgrounds have public bathrooms and showers and the camp sites have electricity. Many trails and kitch-iti-kipi is a good spot to see the natural spring with beautiful turquoise colored water. Lots of trout in this spring.
  • There is so much Crystal clear water, it is unbelievable. A must see for the northern vacation. It does not take much time to go out on the raft.
  • Great place to visit. Highly recommend. What a neat spring!
  • The springs are beautiful. Highly recommended stop if you're sight-seeing in the U.P.

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