Upper Peninsula Attractions
Kitchitikipi - "Big Springs"
Palms Book State Park
Thompson Michigan
We invite you to explore the incredible attraction.

Two hundred feet across, the forty foot deep Kitchitikipi is Michigan's largest Spring. With over an amazing 10,000 gallons a minute gushing from its fissures in the underlying limestone, this crystal clear attraction is absolutely amazing and mysterious.
Kitchitikipi - Big Spring
The flow continues throughout the year at a constant 45 degree Fahrenheit. By means of a self-operated & tethered observation raft, visitors are guided to vantage points overlooking fascinating underwater features and mysteries. Ancient tree trunks, lime encrusted branches and fat trout appear suspended in nothingness as they slip through crystal waters far below. Clouds of sand kept in constant motion by gushing waters create ever-changing forms, a challenge to the imagination of young and old alike.
Kitchitikipi - Big Spring
Near the Spring is a pleasant and shaded picnic area, toilet facilities and store. Camping is not permitted in the park.
Upper Peninsula Attractions
Giant Trout

Float across this tethered raft to view the giant trout that lie along the crystal clear bottom. These springs are located in the Indian Lake vicinity and within the Palms Book State Park.

Upper Peninsula Attractions
Upper Peninsula Attractions
Palms Book State Park

Palms Book State Park is located at the northern terminus of state highway M-149, a fifteen minute drive north of US-2 at Thompson. It is a rewarding side trip for a vacationer touring the Upper Peninsula, for here can be seen one of Michigan's alluring natural attractions - Kitchitikipi or "Big Springs".
Kitchikitipi - Big Springs
Older raft For many years, visitors to the Kitch-iti-kipi used an older model raft - shown to left. Recently they built a new covered raft like shown above.

The Legend of Kitch-iti-kipi

Kitch-iti-kipi was supposedly a young chieftain whose girl fiend got the best of him. He told her he loved her far above the other dark-haired maidens dancing near his birch bark wigwam. "Prove it," she insisted. As a test of his devotion, she declared that he must set sail in his canoe on the pool deep in the conifer swamp. He was to catch her from his canoe as she leaped from an overhanging bough. According to legend - probably from the pen of Bellaire's poet friend - the Spring was named Kitch-iti-kipi in memory of the young cheiftain who went to his death in the icy waters in an attempt to satisfy the vain caprice of his ladylove.

Enjoy this unique Upper Peninsula Attraction! Kitchitikipi - "Big Springs"
Palms Book State Park - Thompson Michigan

For more information write, phone:
Indian Lake State Park
Route 2 Box 2500
Manistique, MI 49854
or phone: (906)341-2355
Kitch -iti-kipi (the big spring)
M-149 Cooks, Mi 49817 (Manistique area)
(906) 644-5134 or (906) 387-2635

May 12- June 15 10am -5pm
June 16- Sept 2 9am-7pm
Sept 3-Oct 21 10am-5pm
Memorial weekend May 26 & 27 9am-7pm
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