Palms Book State Park

LAT 46.004772000000003 LONG -86.385047,
Manistique, MI 49854
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Open Year-Round

Palms Book is an exciting side trip for visitors touring the Upper Peninsula. Known as one of Michigan's alluring natural attractions, the park is home to Kitch-iti-kipi or the “Big Spring.” It is Michigan's largest freshwater spring spanning 200-feet across and 40-foot deep. The flow continues throughout the year at a constant 45 degrees Fahrenheit gushing more than 10,000 gallons of water a minute from fissures in the underlying limestone.

By means of a self-guided observation raft, visitors are guided to vantage points overlooking fascinating underwater features and fantasies. Ancient tree trunks, lime-encrusted branches, and fat trout can be seen as they slip through crystal waters far below. Clouds of sand kept in constant motion by gushing waters create ever-changing shapes and forms - a challenge to the imagination. The self-guided observation raft and the trail leading to it are ADA accessible.

Self-guided observation raft on Kitch-iti-kipi The observation raft and trail leading to it are accessible.People look over the interior raft railing to view fish swimming in Kitch-iti-kipi spring.Fish swim in the blue green water of Kitch-iti-kipi spring.
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