Discovering Kitch-iti-kipi: Michigan’s Hidden Gem of the Great Lakes Region

Back in the past, Kitch-iti-Kipi was not as picturesque as it is now. It used to be a dumping ground for logs until Manistique businessman John Bellaire stumbled upon it in the 1920s. Despite the unsightly appearance, Bellaire saw the hidden natural beauty of the area and persuaded Frank Palms, the owner of the property under the Palms Book Land Company, to sell it to the state of Michigan. With the purchase, the land was transformed into the Palms Book State Park. In 2003, an observation raft, which operates on its own, was built to provide visitors with an opportunity to witness the wonders of this beautiful pond.

The Big Spring is truly a sight to behold, with its vivid green hue that almost appears surreal. Tucked away in the vast wilderness of the U.P., this natural wonder impresses as approximately 10,000 gallons of water per minute surge up from fissures in limestone at the bottom of the spring. Interestingly, the spring is connected to Indian Lake via an underground aquifer, and the temperature of the water remains consistent at 45 degrees Fahrenheit throughout the year.

Kitch iti Kipi, also known as the Big Spring or by its Ojibwe name “Mirror of Heaven,” is undeniably a natural wonder that leaves visitors in awe.

Unfortunately, it is not possible to take a dip in Kitch-iti-kipi. But don’t worry, Indian Lake State Park is just a stone’s throw away. This park sits on the banks of Indian Lake, which happens to be the fourth biggest lake in Michigan. This spot offers a lovely sandy beach where you can swim to your heart’s content.

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