Because you probably already misspelled or mispronounced this Michigan hot spot, make sure you don’t miss out on it. Kitch iti kipi is one of the most visited places in Michigan but don’t let the name or crowds scare you. This attraction should be put at the top of your Michigan bucket list, especially if you are in the UP.

Where is Kitchitikipi?

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Kitchitikipi is situated in the southern middle section of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. The closest major city to Kitchitikipi is Manistique but not much else is happening in the area besides Kitchitikipi. Most visitors are venturing for a day trip or passing through on their Upper Peninsula adventure.

What is Kitchitikipi?

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Kitchitikipi is Michigan’s largest freshwater spring and is one of the most mesmerizing bodies of waters in the states. The turquoise waters are majestic and the surrounding scenery is stunning. With it’s tongue twisting name, there is surely some mystique behind the name. Kitchitikipi is also referred to as “The Big Spring”

THE LEGEND OF Kitchitkipi (Exploring the North)

“Kitch-iti-kipi was supposedly a young chieftain whose girlfriend got the best of him. He told her he loved her far above the other dark-haired maidens dancing near his birchbark wigwam. “Prove it,” she insisted. As a test of his devotion, she declared that he must set sail in his canoe on the pool deep in the conifer swamp. He was to catch her from his canoe as she leaped from an overhanging bough. His canoe tipped over as he was looking for her, while she was back at her village laughing with the other indian maidens about his silly quest.

According to legend the Spring was named Kitch-iti-kipi in memory of the young chieftain who went to his death in the icy waters in an attempt to satisfy the vain caprice of his ladylove

When should I Visit Kitchitikipi?

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You should visit Kitchitikipi in all seasons! But because the spring/summer is a tourist magnet, be conscious of your travel dates. Spring and summer can be packed while the cooler months can be empty. If you are going to be photographing this majestic gem, I highly recommend you go during the winter months. The snow makes for a dramatic effect on the Big Spring that you will be so glad you made the trip for.

What can I do at Kitchitikipi?

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Things you can do at Kitchitikipi include:

  • Use the self operated raft that transports visitors into the center of the tranquil pond. This is an absolute must so you can witness the large trout and underwater fissures releasing water into the pond below.
  • Embrace the majestic beauty of the spring and take some photos
  • Have a picnic and swing on the swings at the surrounding park area. This is a great place for a Michigan family road trip.
  • Get a souvenir from the gift shop

Other Relevant Info about Kitch Iti Kipi?

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  • Kitchitikipi is open during the Covid 19 Pandemic.
  • There is no swimming at Kitchitikipi. There is also no kayaking at Kitchitikipi.
  • Kitchitikipi is dog friendly and must be kept on a leash.
  • You can park at Kitchitikipi in all seasons. There is plenty of parking but the lot will get busy in tourist season. Because people don’t stay that long, parking ordinarily isn’t anything to worry about.
  • The cost of entry at Kitchitikipi is $9 for single day use and free for Michigan registered cars. Bathrooms are available and food vendors are present during warmers months.
  • You should allocate about 30 minutes to enjoy Kitchitikipi Springs. You can easily stay longer, but if you are going to take the raft out and enjoy the rest of the area, 30 minutes minimum.
  • There is no camping at Kitchitikipi, but there are campgrounds in the surrounding area! Book in advance in summer as campgrounds fill up fast. If you can’t find one in the surrounding area, there will most definitely be one within 30 minutes! 
  • Michigan Vacation rentals can be hard to come by in peak season so book early if you can. Northern Michigan Cabin rentals are a commodity for those looking for those UP North Michigan experiences.

Where to go after Kitch iti kipi?

Marquette and Munising are must visit cities after your trip to Kitchitikipi.

Kitch-iti-kipi to Munising

Take 149 S to M94 and be there in about one hour.

The ideal route would be to stop in Munising and experience some lovely waterfalls before making your way to Marquette. If you need more ideas about routes, CONTACT ME HERE, or refer to some of my other guides below.

Beyond Kitch iti Kipi

If you’re heading to Marquette and want to book a photo tour with me, follow this link and we can make your memories last forever! Thanks for reading and hope to hear from you guys! If you have any recommendations about where to go or who too see, drop it in the comments!



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