Thunder Bay Snorkeling

The MOST popular snorkel dive spot in Michigan.

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East of Gaylord and southeast of Alpena in Lake Huron, the snorkeling in Thunder Bay is known for its numerous ship wrecks dating from the late 1800's and early 1900's. In the Thunder Bay Underwater Preserve, the best wrecks for snorkeling include the Portland, the John F Warner, the Shamrock and the Haltiner Barge. The Portland was a two-masted schooner wrecked in 1977 in 6 feet of water and it is just offshore of the Besser Natural Area. The John F Warner was a wreck carrying lumber from 1890 and lies in 9 feet of water. The wooden steam barge Shamrock was a wreck from 1905 that lies in 11 feet of water. The Haltiner Barge was a wreck from 1929 that lies in 13 feet of water.

Overall, Michigan has 14 state underwater preserves, including Thunder Bay Underwater Preserve. For the clearest water conditions with high visiblity, try snorkeling during the cooler early summer months.


Local Contact(s):  Thunder Bay Scuba (989) 356-6228; Great Lakes Dive Charter (989) 356-2908

Best Season:  Jun-Aug

Average Difficulty:  Easy

Reference Source:  click here

GPS:  45.248817, -83.4075

Date Published:  5/15/2014

Date Updated:  10/20/2017

ID:  24502


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