Kitch - iti - Kipi

Kitch-iti-Kipi (cold big water) or The Big Spring, was a sacred place to the native inhabitants of this area. One of the names they gave it was the "Mirror of Heaven". Kitch-iti-kipi is the largest spring in Michigan at 300 feet by 175 feet. Fed by more than 20 springs, it is refreshed continuously with crystal-clear water. More than 10,000 gallons a minute gush up from the limestone bed.

 kitch iti kipi the big spring

Manistique is graced by one of the most beautiful boardwalks anywhere on the Great Lakes.  It is a perfect way to enjoy the sound of the lake, the ships passing by and the spectacular sunsets.

The "Big Spring" is just outside of Manistique, Michigan.  In the early morning there is often a beautiful mist lying across the water and the brown trout will sometimes be rising to the surface. Nearby is a nice picnic area, there is now camping. Be sure to check www.visitmanistique.com for lodging and hours of operation.