Emerald glass waters of Kitch-iti-kipi, “Mirror of Heaven”

IMG_4173Our journey to Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore also took us to Palms Book State Park, home to an incredible natural spring called Kitch-iti-kipi or simply “The Big Spring.” It is located near Manistique, MI.

Kitch-iti-kipi was said to be the name of a young native chieftain who drowned in the waters while trying to prove his worthiness to the woman of his dreams. She scorned his pursuits and tricked him into tipping his own canoe.

The deep pool is populated with plenteous schools of large trout.
The deep pool is populated with plenteous schools of large trout.

The land is preserved as a state park and it cannot be fished, but it is connected to nearby Indian Lake by a channel, and fish and ducks swim freely between the two bodies of water.

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This floating raft offers a center viewing platform shaded by the awning, which allows a glare-free view to the 40-foot depths.bodies of water. Water springs from underground reserves through a weak point in the stone, at 10,000 gallons a minute, and the pool remains 45 degrees year round.

The spring is located in a quiet glade of cedar trees that appear preternaturally still and eerie. The pictures speak louder than words on this one, but this was truly an amazing place to visit.

Also the gift shop was killer.IMG_4191

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