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Palms Book State Park, Manistique

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Geologic Formation State Park
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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  • We liked Kitch-itti-kippi "big springs" so much we visitors twice during our trip to the UP. The open bottom boat is super cool. It feels like a giant aquarium in the woods. I loved that there was no ...  more »
  • Super cool spring and very unique floating dock that we maneuvered across the spring via pulley system. The water was so clear and the lots of BIG fish. We almost skipped this attraction but so glad t...  more »
  • An amazing spot to visit during all seasons! The water is amazingly clear allowing you to see the spring while standing on the boat/float, dock or boardwalk. It was very cool to see many large fish ha...  more »
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  • This is a must for anyone driving through the area. Very cool raft ride to see the trout :)
  • 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.
  • Such a unique place and the boat ride was beautiful
  • An incredible place to visit!
  • Really cool spring. You can go out on the water year round on a self propelled floating deck.

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