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Top 10 Freshwater Dive Locations

Discussion in 'Central United States' started by awakefie, Jan 20, 2010.

  1. awakefie

    awakefie Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: Chicago, IL
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    Hi All,

    I am looking for personal top 10 lists. Specifically, freshwater dive sites in the midwest. Those are the only two criteria. Any added info like average visibility or specific attractions to the site would also be great to include. I am interested to see what sites are referenced most frequently and what sites come up that are as of yet unknown to the diving public.

    Thanks,

    awakefie :D
     
  2. captndale

    captndale Dive Charter

    # of Dives:
    Location: Chicago Area
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    That is an easy one. Just list your 10 favorite wrecks. The OP is in Chicago so they should be within a reasonable distance from Chicago. Visibility in Lake Michigan runs from 100 ft in the early spring to 40 to 50 ft in the summer. The attraction is some of the best preserved wrecks in the world.

    Let's start with:
    S.S. Wisconsin
    Lady Elgin
    St. Mary
    Wels Burt
    The Straits of Mackinac
    Material Service
    Seabird
    Rosinco
    MST728B
    Fin Seeker
     
  3. awakefie

    awakefie Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: Chicago, IL
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    Thanks Capt. Dale I'm in Buffalo Grove and hang out with Nick from Berry Dive Center. We have been talking about setting ups some wreck trips for a new dive club we are setting up. So those are great suggestions.
     
  4. tstormdiver

    tstormdiver Instructor, Scuba

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location: Kentucky
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    1,129
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    I don't know if they are among the top 10 or not, but I have dove at Mermet Springs in southern IL & I frequently dive at Pennyroyal Scuba in Hopkinsville, KY. Mermet ranges in depths from a few feet to about 130. The Vis is usually 20ft or so. There is a sunken 727 jet that was used in the movie US Marshalls sunken in it, along with some other attractions. The tail is at 15ft & the nose is at 55ft. The facilities at Mermet are excellent.

    Pennyroyal ranges in depths from wade in shore to 120ft. The vis is usually anywhere from 20ft- 50+ft. There are also several attractions sunken that include a UH1 helicopter & an RV. They have a small article about it in the newest Dive training magazine.
     
  5. paddler3d

    paddler3d Divemaster Candidate

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Baltimore, MD
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    Tobermory and the Fathom Five National Marine Park

    Wooden shipwrecks from the 1800's still intact, good vis. Cold.
     
  6. CDNScubaMoose

    CDNScubaMoose Instructor, Scuba

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Chatham, Ontario, Canada
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    Some of my favorites over the years (in no particular order):

    1) Pt. Traverse - on the Canadian side of Lake Ontario, in the 80-110' range, very intact shipwrecks from the 1800's to the early 1900's. Better earlier in the year but the charter books up fast
    2) Tobermory - fairly decent for intact but the better wrecks are deeper - 90-140'. Water is cold but vis is pretty good.
    3) Bonne Terre Mine - bit on the expensive side but nice winter trip
    4) Mackinaw Straits
    5) Kingston, Ontario
    6) St. Lawerence (especially late summer when the water is warm with no thermoclines
    7) Up State, NY in Lake Erie - on the eastern end the lake is deeper and the wrecks more in tact
     
  7. oren413

    oren413 Instructor, Scuba

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    Hey guys, just randomly came through this part of the forum! I'm moving back home to buffalo grove in the end of march and would LVOE to do some diving back home. Didn't know there were so many options. I"m an SSI ow inst. but haven't done any speciality courses for wreck diving. i suppose i ought to do that.
     
  8. awakefie

    awakefie Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: Chicago, IL
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    Hey Oren413 my roomate and a few friends hit Haigh Quarry in Kankakee most weekends in the summer and we plan on hitting lake Michigan this summer if we can afford too. I'll PM you my email and if you want to dive let me know.

    awakefie
     
  9. robint

    robint Orca

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Albuquerque, NM
    6,538
    1,146
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    If you don't mind a little bit of a drive.... come to Santa Rosa, New Mexico and dive the fresh water spring 'Blue Hole'. Water is 62 degrees year round and cost is $8 per weekend for a dive permit. Water is crystal clear unless there are tons of people there (like summer). Winter time is the best!

    Check out my photos and videos:
    Blue Hole, New Mexico on Vimeo
    BLUE HOLE Photos

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    robin:D
     
  10. Divers Incorporated

    Divers Incorporated Dive Shop

    # of Dives:
    Location: Ann Arbor, Michigan and White Star Quarry
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