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Manistique, Michigan: Pull-it-Yourself Raft

Turn a big wheel and pull yourself on a raft across Michigan's largest freshwater spring -- which never freezes. A raft hole provides views of giant trout swimming in the crystal-clear water below.

Palms Book State Park

Sawmill Rd, Manistique, MI
Palms Book State Park. At the very end of Hwy 149. Follow the highway north about 15 minutes from US Hwy 2 in Thompson.
Summer daily 9-7, off-season 10-5 (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
Day pass $16.
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Pull-It-Yourself Raft

It's actually called Kitch-Iti-Kipi Springs aka Big Springs. It's very beautiful and well worth seeing. Just a heads-up: if you don't have a state park sticker it is now $16 for one day.

[Tennille Wilton, 08/15/2019]
Pull-it-Yourself Raft

There is no glass bottom, so make sure to keep your belongings securely with you.

[EggDropErin, 08/28/2015]
Glass-Bottom Pull-it-Yourself Raft

The $9 is good all day for all state parks. We visited three, so it ended up being only $3 per park per car/camper. Also stop at Fayette, MI. Near Garden, MI. It is a neat iron-making town from the late 1800s.

[Andy, 06/10/2015]
Glass-Bottom Pull-it-Yourself Raft

We visited the Kitch-Ito-Kipi "Big Spring" attraction, which is located within the Palms Book State Park. This the "admission" - you must either have an annual State Parks permit or buy a one-day pass for $9.00. Definitely worth a stop!

[L Judy, 08/26/2014]

View of the fish below raft.

U-Pull-It Raft at Big Springs Kitch-iti-kipi

Kitch-iti-kipi, Michigan's largest freshwater spring, is in Palms Book State Park in the Upper Peninsula. The spring has incredibly clear, blue-green water. Visitors can take a self-operated raft, attached to a cable, 200 feet across the spring. A few turns of the "big wheel" and you automatically set sail. A glass-bottom section provides views of giant trout swimming below.

[Jan Unsicker, 10/02/2012]

Nearby Offbeat Places

Paul Bunyan StatuePaul Bunyan Statue, Manistique, MI - 7 mi.
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In the region:
Walk of the Planets, Escanaba, MI - 37 mi.

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