Kitchitikipi reji orion "Spring" into Summer at Kitch-iti-kipi
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“Spring” into Summer at Kitch-iti-kipi

There is nothing quite like summer in Michigan. One of the most fantastic attractions located in the Upper Peninsula is Kitch-iti-kipi. This area is often referred to as “The Big Spring” as it offers a beautiful natural water source that is forty feet deep and 200 feet across. The underlying limestone provides many fissures that keep the water rushing and at a constant temperature of 45 degrees.

Kitchitikipi bosexposures "Spring" into Summer at Kitch-iti-kipi
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About Kitch-iti-kipi

The spring is located in Manistique at Palms Book State Park. To get into the park and get to the spring, you will need to purchase a state park pass. The breathtaking beauty that this entire area offers makes it a must on your summer bucket list in Michigan.

Michigan’s largest natural freshwater spring, this amazing body of water is forty feet deep and provides a water source for nearby Indian Lake. Kitch-iti-kipi was called “Mirror of Heaven” by early Indians who lived in the area.

Manistique is just under two hours from Mackinac Island and Mackinaw City. Make sure that you start your trip there and then head north through miles of gorgeous scenery.

When you arrive at Kitch-iti-kipi, make sure that you take the time to get on the raft that will take you across this bubbling green spring. The water is crystal clear, and you will love watching the magic of the bubbling springs and the fish swimming underneath. There is a roof on the raft, which allows you to clearly see the fish without worrying about the glare from the sun.

The raft is free to ride, and you can use it as many times as you would like. It travels along a guided line, and someone will need to operate the crank. This peaceful ride is enthralling and something that should be on everyone’s Michigan bucket list. 

Things to Do Nearby

There are many great things to see and do near Kitch-iti-kipi. Some of the best things to do in Manistique MI, include hiking on some of the many great trails, visiting the boardwalk, and going to the great lighthouse. 

The boardwalk stretches for two miles along the shore and allows you to walk to town or down to the marina and Breakwater Light. You will find picnic areas, a fishing pier, and access to Breakwater Light along the boardwalk. You can walk out to the light on a calm day, but the water will splash over the breakwater when the lake is rough. 

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Great Restaurants in Manistique

While you are in Manistique, make sure you check out some great restaurants in the area. Toby’s Dog House is one of the best restaurants in the area for some excellent American cuisine at a great price. This restaurant offers lots of great sandwiches, seafood, and other wonderful dishes that the whole family will surely enjoy. 

Another excellent option for dinner is the Cedar Street Café. This hidden gem offers some of the best breakfasts around. With a full espresso bar, great food, and fantastic service, the Cedar Street Café will help you start your morning off right. 

If you are looking for some homemade food that will make your soul feel good, look no further than the Three Seasons Café. This fantastic family-friendly restaurant makes meals that are just like your mom would make. 

Where to Stay in Manistique

For those who want to stay in the area for a few days, some great camping sites, hotels, and vacation rentals are available in the area.

For those looking to camp in Manistique, the Manistique Lakeshore Campground is one of the best options. It offers roomy campsites that allow breathtaking views of Lake Michigan. Gerometta’s Resort is another excellent camping option in this area. With a swimming pool, lake views, great fishing spots and offers a beautiful location to take day trips throughout the region.

If you’re looking to stay in Manistique without bringing your accommodations with you, here are a few Manistique hotel and vacation rental options:

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