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Kitch-iti-kipi Springs – An Upper Peninsula Adventure Must See

Palms Book State Park is home to one of the most amazing natural attractions in Michigan, Kitch-iti-kipi. Over 10,000 gallons a minute rise from the fissures in the lake’s limestone floor. Thus, the constant flow of water keeps the waters at a constant 45 degrees Fahrenheit year-round.

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Michigan’s largest freshwater spring is two hundred feet across and 40 feet deep. An observation raft is available to visitors that provide an excellent view, right over the springs. Guests can view underwater features such as ancient tree trunks, lime-encrusted branches as well as the many farm-raised trout that call the lake their home.


Clouds of sand are in constant motion, caused by the flow of water from the springs. As a result, the sands seem to dance on the lake floor, creating mesmerizing patterns.

Kitch-iti-kipi leads into Indian River.

From the raft, guests will also be able to see the spectacular views of the forest as well as the Indian River.

Palms Book State Park

Palms Book State Park is a 388-acre state park in Michigan’s upper peninsula. The park is located in Manistique. In fact, it is on the south shore, along route 2, about 5.5 hours from Detroit.

In addition to viewing Kitch-iti-kipi, the park offers paddlesports, picnic area, a small playground and a store. Finally, several vaulted toilets are available for use.

Palms Book State Park Hours and Fees

Park hours are from 8 am to 10 pm. However, it is important to note that visitors must have a State Recreation pass.

  • Free with the purchase of the Recreation Passport ($11 via the Secretary of State or $16 at a State Park)
  • Non-Resident Annual Pass $33
  • Non-Resident Daily Pass $9

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More Upper Peninsula Adventures

Just a few miles west of Escanaba, Michigan lies Island Resort & Casino. It’s the perfect vacation destination for those who love to gamble, golf, or enjoy a spa getaway. Nature enthusiasts will love the plethora of State Parks within the area, including the amazing Pictured Rocks, as well as Fayette State Park.

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