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Palms Book State Park, Manistique

Categories: Geologic Formations, Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks
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4.9/5 based on 240+ reviews on the web
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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  • This is a must see for the Nature Lover a truly unique example of the Forces of Nature. Very easy to get to with a short walk to the Raft to view the crystal clear water bubbling up 40+ feet below as ...  read more »
  • We took the raft across the springs and enjoyed viewing the crystal clear waters, the spring water bubbling up from the floor and the many large trout that swam under the raft. This is a special place...  read more »
  • The park is well maintained, with the mineral springs and the barge ride the main attraction. If you are in the area don't miss it. 
  • 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.
  • - 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!
  • 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.
  • Doesn't seem like much on a map but it is a must see. The natural spring and the Kitch-iti-kipi is so unique and a great experience. Kids would love it here.
  • Big Springs was cool; it's an easy in, easy out affair. Short walk, wait and ride.
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