An Afternoon at Northern Michigan's Kitch-iti-kipi

Kitch-iti-kipi, which means "big cold water" is a natural freshwater spring in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. 

The spring is 200 feet across and 40-foot deep. Over 10,000 gallons a minute gush from fissures in the underlying limestone which continues throughout the year at a constant 45 degree Fahrenheit. 

The water is absolutely crystal clear which makes the 40-foot depth seem like only inches. It is a sight to be seen.

But before we even crossed over the Mackinac Bride and into the U.P., we had to figure out how to say it correctly and without stuttering. And thanks to this great video from Mlive, we got in a lot of good practice. 

Once we got there, it was a quick walk from the parking area which opened up into a good sized spring. The closer you got the more you realized just how blue and clear the water really is. To get an up-close view, the park has a hand-cranked "boat" in which you can float out into the spring and look down at the fish and the fissure.

And since we were traveling with the drone, we couldn't help but take a look from above.


The Native American's called Kitch-iti-kipi "Mirror of Heaven" and they couldn't have been more right.