Kitch iti kipi is one of the most visited places in Michigan but don’t let the name or crowds scare you.

Because you probably already misspelled or mispronounced this Michigan hot spot, make sure you don’t miss out on it

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 located in Manistique, MI apart of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Most visitors venture for a day trip or are passing through on their Upper Peninsula adventure.

Directions to Kitch Iti Kipi from Marquette:

  • Take 41 South out of Marquette and follow until you hit Highway 2 
  • Follow Highway 2 E to Highway 13
  • Highway 13 to M149 N
  • Follow local signs
  • Travel Time: 1:30 Minutes

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

Best Time to 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.

BEST Things to Do at Kitchitikipi

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BEST 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

Kitch iti Kipi FAQ

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Kitchitikipi is open during the Covid 19/Coronavirus Pandemic

  • There is no swimming at Kitchitikipi. There is also no kayaking at Kitchitikipi.

Kitchitikipi is dog friendly but all dogs must be kept on a leash.

You can park at Kitchitikipi in all seasons. There is a plethora of available spots but the lots gets busy during the tourists seasons of spring and summer. Because people ordinarily don't stay very long, traffic flow is quick.

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.

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! 

Drones are not allowed at Kitchitikipi! Yes you have seen the photos but they are illegal and you will get fined by park rangers if caught in action.

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.


  • 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.

Best Things Near 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 Michigan travels, send me a message so I can help with Michigan Trip Ideas

Beyond Kitch iti kipi

Make your memories last forever and buy a Michigan Print from my store. 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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