Just by looking at photos of this geological wonder you would think that it's located somewhere warm and tropical, but it's actually in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. If you're looking for magical things to in Michigan then this crystal clear blue spring needs to be on your bucket list.
Michigan has two main landmasses, the Upper and Lower Peninsulas. The U.P. is a treasure trove of nature and wildlife but it's also home to a little spot that looks like it belongs near a resort in the Carribean.
Kitch-iti-kipi, sometimes known as the Big Spring, is sort of a mystery to scientists but an amazing adventure for those looking to find a view that's totally different from anything else in the state.
10,000 gallons of water pump into the pool every day and no one is really sure where it comes from. The air of mystery surrounding this place really makes the experience. You're watching something beautiful that even scientists don't understand!
The Big Spring is located within Palms Book State Park and it's definitely the star attraction.
While you can't swim in it, the park offers a self-operated raft with a glass bottom so that you can see the water and marine life beneath you. The spring is so clear that you have a view of every fish and creature that lives below.
It runs on wires over the water so you don't have to worry about steering or going off course.
The raft will also take you over ancient trees that have been encrusted with limestone and look like they've been preserved forever in crystal.
The trout you'll see swimming around in the water are large and almost resemble little sharks at first glance.
The ability to visit this spring was a labor of love by a man who lived near the spring while it was covered in trash and debris from an old lumber yard.
He convinced the state government to buy the land for only $10 in 1926. The deed also required that the land be used as a State Park forever.
This man loved the water so much that he still visited the spring almost daily well into his old age.
This is romantic hidden gem well worth the trek to the Upper Peninsula.
If you're interested in other natural wonders, check out the stargazing at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore or these winter hikes that lead to waterfalls.
Kitch-iti-kipi in Palms Book State Park
Price: You need an $11 recreation pass to enter in your car which you can get when renewing your license. If you buy the pass at the park entrance, there is a $5 convenience fee.
Address: Thompson, Manistique, MI
Why You Need To Go: It's one of Michigan's top natural attractions and its beauty is well worth the trip.
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