Compass: Bottomless Boat

Hello, again! This week, I’ll bring you to an interesting place in upper Michigan. This place is called Kitch-iti-kipi.

It’s in Manistique, Michigan and there is a wondrous pond named “The Big Spring.” By the early Native Americans, it was called “Mirror of Heaven.” This beautiful pond surrounded by forest and hiking trails is two hundred feet wide and forty feet deep.

The specific aspect of this interesting place that I experienced was a boat. This specially built boat does not have a full base on the inside. For the purpose of imagery, imagine a rectangle boat without a middle. When you stand on the boat, you can stand over the railing and see the water right through the boat!

The “Mirror of Heaven” is so clear that you can see the algae growing on the bottom of the pond and the giant fish swimming around. There are numerous fallen trees in the water. The bottomless boat in which the passengers glide across the pond in is hooked up to a pulley system, so it’s completely safe. There is a roof over the boat with pillars on the four corners holding it up. Aside from the basics of the structure of the boat, there are plaques with information about Kitch-iti-kipi and The Big Spring fastened to the outside railing.

During the boat ride, they take you across the pond slowly so that each passenger can see the pond beneath them. It’s interesting to see such beauty in nature, especially since it’s only a few hours from my home.

I don’t have any pictures this week, but I definitely recommend Googling “Kitch-iti-kipi.” It’s absolutely amazing and if you have the opportunity to visit, you should. I hope you enjoyed learning about a beautiful place close by, and thanks for traveling the country with me again!