The last stop on the beach camping road trip I took with Patronus was to Kitch-iti-kipi.

According to the Michigan DNR, Kitch-iti-kipi is Michigan’s largest freshwater spring.  Its crystal clear water remains at a constant 45 degrees Farenheight.

Just in case this is an added bonus for you, it’s also penis-shaped when you see it from an aerial view.

Since we’re generally pretty late sleepers, it was already after 1:00 P.M. by the time Patronus and I pulled into the parking lot.

After taking a few moments to appreciate the view, we decided to ride the raft across the spring.  The middle of the raft was completely open, so it was very easy to get a clear view underwater.

The water in the spring was so clear, we could see the spring bubbling up and fish swimming forty feet below us.

All in all, the ride only took about 12 minutes and was well worth the side trip.

After all was said and done, I gave Patronus a treat for a job well done and we got back in the car, homeward bound.

Tips for Visiting Kitch-iti-kipi

Plan Ahead

Palms Brook State Park is off the beaten path, so do your best to anticipate your needs before you visit and pack accordingly.  While you won’t be roughing it for miles and miles, it’s always a good idea to be prepared.

What to Expect

  • A state park pass is required for entry.
  • Dogs are permitted in outdoor spaces, but must be kept on a 6-foot leash at all times.
  • Restrooms and a gift shop are available near the parking area.
  • The trail from the parking lot to the springs was paved and easily accessible for most people.

NOTE: If you plan on visiting during the COVID-19 pandemic, I suggest bringing a mask and some hand sanitizer, as there has been a recent uptick in the number of visitors and physically distancing may be difficult.

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