Kitch-Iti-Kipi (The Big Spring)

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Kitch-Iti-Kipi (The Big Spring)

Kitch-Iti-Kipi (The Big Spring)
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westernKs
Kansas78 contributions
Looking on Trip Advisor for things to do in the Upper Penisula, and this was close to where we were staying. Truly one of the coolest things we have seen in our travels, totally expected a "oh that's nice" and got a"wow this is so cool!". You have to pay to get a state park pass if you don't have one, it was either $5 or $10. The raft ride is free. Nice bathrooms and gift shop. The forested area on the short walk to the raft was so very calm and quiet, weather conditions must have been just right as the air was crystal clear and seemed to highlight everything. Other people commented on the clarity as well. The raft is very nice, riders must/can take turns turning the wheel to make it go out to the middle. The water is so calm and clear, the most gorgeous color, and you can see the bottom 40 feet down easily. Then the water started bubbling up through a crack and that was also fun to watch. Just beautiful and the interesting facts about it never freezing just make it a wonder of nature.
Written July 21, 2022
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MichelleCynthia521
Shorewood, IL205 contributions
Family
We waited in line about 30 min (on a Sunday afternoon) to ride the observation raft, and it was worth it. The water in the “big spring” is such a beautiful color when you view it from the side and so crystal clear that you could look straight down to the bottom. The kids and adults both enjoyed the views. The volunteers greeting us and turning the wheel on the raft were very friendly. There are also bathrooms, a gift shop, and picnic tables near the parking lot. The state park requires a pass. We purchased a non-resident day pass for $9 when entering the parking lot.
Written July 12, 2020
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Brian R
Oswego, IL518 contributions
Couples
Checked out this natural wonder. It's colors like that of the Caribbean in the UP of Michigan! It's a short walk from parking, and picnic area. The trail leads to a glass bottom barge that runs on a cable where you turn a wheel yourself to move out across the water. You can view large lake trout and see sunken logs and bubbling sand where the spring flows. There is also a viewing deck. Back up by parking is a gift shop where you can also get drinks and ice cream. Free entrance if you have a yearly Michigan Recreational sticker. $36 for non residents for all state parks is a bargain!
Written July 25, 2022
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Amber S
9 contributions
Couples
Upper Peninsula MDOT was kind enough to remind everyone to wear masks and practice Social Distancing while visiting. The State Parks are in on this too. But visitors are less forthcoming and have definitely ruined it for those who are following Guidelines in order to make the most of their summers.
We waited in line for the ferry to come back after it had sent off an unnecessary amount of people given the times. Our line started getting longer and was filled with many visitors without masks and not social distancing. We chose not to take the trip across the lake with so many inconsiderate guests and no monitoring whatsoever. We understand the State Parks are getting very little funding, and their resources and what they do have are being put to other uses.
Written July 29, 2020
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Matthew L
West Harrison, IN127 contributions
Family
We arrived around 9:30am on a Sunday during Labor Day weekend and were able to get in the second group to ride on the raft. The view from inside the raft was the best because the roof over the raft blocked the glare from the sun. The trout were very big and there were plenty of them to see. A must see for families with children. My teenage daughters loved it. It is a must see if you are in the U.P.
Written September 7, 2021
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Trish W
McMurray, PA920 contributions
Couples
We were returning from a trip in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and stopped to see the Big Spring. You have to pay the state park entry fee ($9 for out of state per vehicle) and the raft trip of about 15 minutes is all that is there but it was impressive. Crystal clear water with big fish swimming around. The wooden raft holds about 40-50 people . A wheel turns the cable to take you to the center where the springs are. You can see clear to the bottom to watch the bubbling springs through a cutout in the raft bottom. Some people wore masks but they were not required.
Written September 13, 2020
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Tracey M
Bluemont, VA478 contributions
The water is so clean it doesn't even look real. Pictures don't do the spring justice. We could have spent hours looking at the water. There are fish and you can see the springs bubbling on the bottom as they bring in the clean water.
Riding the raft was fun, but would be nice if they had a floating dock or something similar to help make things moves faster. We waited about 30 minutes for the raft, but when we left the line for the raft was out to the parking lot.
Written July 30, 2022
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simoneandtony
Howell, MI111 contributions
During the fall season we make our way up to this spot every year. Most years it is a joy (get there early). The water color is amazing, seeing the fish and the gallons of water bubbling up from the floor of the spring is actually quite something as well.

This year there was a problem with the people who took the little ferry boat to the middle taking a VERY long time to return. People were leaving the line to board next it was so very bad.

I don't know what the answer is for other's rudeness, but I hope one can be found.
Written October 13, 2020
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Elizabeth D
Memphis, TN2 contributions
Family
It was about an hours wait in the late afternoon with a $9 fee for cars with no Michigan license plates. An extremely informative park historian gave information on the surrounding area to those standing in line. The springs were visible bubbling up in several places surrounded by massive trout from the glass barge.
Written August 8, 2020
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mamawren3
Sebewaing, MI153 contributions
A must see ~ no appointed guide to take you across, it’s all voluntary, but it looked like a relatively easy turn of the wheel to pull the raft, guided by a rope, across the spring. It’s a slow ride, giving everyone a chance to view the springs and the very large trout. It’s so pretty early in the morning - best to arrive before 11am when the crowds are minimal.
Written September 23, 2020
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