WHAT IS KITCH-ITI-KIPI SPRINGS?
Kitch-iti-kipi Springs is a hidden treasure I found in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. It is a little bit like entering another world. The water is clear and a sea green color. It feels like you are in a tropical location. The glass bottom raft is pulled by a pulley system across the water and back. Underneath you can clearly see the fish below.
THE LEGEND OF KITCH-ITI-KIPI
Kitch-iti-kipe was supposedly a young chieftain whose girlfriend got the best of him. He told her he loved her more than all of the other maidens in the village. She told him in order to prove it, he was to take his canoe to the pool deep in the conifer swamp. He was to catch her as she jumped from one of the branches.
In an attempt to look for her his canoe tipped over in the icy water and he drowned. Meanwhile, she was back at the camp laughing at him. According to legend, the spring was named after the young chieftain who went to his death trying to please this vain woman.
It’s a beautiful place to visit and is located just west of Manistique in Palms Book State park.
Tom Lakenen has created a unique wonderland of metal sculptures. He has created many sculputures with scrap iron. This is FREE to drive through. You have to look all around as you never know what you might see next!
This is just a small sample of the MANY different sculptures through this park located 15 miles east of Marquette, MI.
SENEY NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE
My husband and I happened upon this on a kayak trip in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Again it is a FREE drive through this refuge where you can see many different types of wildlife and also attend some educational seminars.
I hope you enjoy this sneak peak into the wonders of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Stayed tuned for more adventures, including some of the many lighthouses in Michigan.