December 9, 2014

Does Kitch-iti-kipi Freeze?

Manistique, M

Do you remember our trip last September to Kitch-Iti-Kipi, Michigan’s largest freshwater spring? The 40 foot deep, emerald colored water that 10,000 gallons per minute of water flows into. Yep, that spring. During that trip, I read that the spring stays at a constant 45F all year round. Well, that made me curious. Does it freeze?

The verdict? Yes, it does. At least this year. Although the entire spring was not frozen and the big trout were still swimming away. Plus, two words – emerald ice.

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