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  1. admin says:

    Lake Michigan Conditions
    Original Post by Former45yroldnewbie on Scubatoys (5/26/09)


    Hey everyone. Just wanted to pass along some recent reports from the wrecks near Chicago. For the last 3 weeks vis has been as good as 100ft and as bad as 80ft. Temps range from 48-50 surface to ~41 @ 80Fft. Seas have been flat up to 2-3′ waves.

    While I have not gone yet (waiting for warmer temps!) these reports are direct from the charter captain.

    Just thought I’d pass along….

  2. admin says:

    Original Post by BuzzF117 on ScubaToys (6/5/09)

    Dove the wreck Straights of Mackinaw on May 24th and water temp on the deck of the wreck was 46 degrees with about 50 ft of viz. It was a great dive and I would have done the second if the air temp would have been in the 80’s but when I couldn’t stop shivering I thought it best to get dried off and start warming up.

  3. snagel says:

    Original Post by MichiJim on ScubaToys (6/19/09)

    I was out with the Deep Six ( last weekend. We dove the Byron and Advance Saturday. Lake Michigan was glass flat. Surface temps were low 50’s, bottom temps we’re like 41. On the Byron (135 fow) viz was 60-80 feet a little less on the Advance.
    Sunday we dove the Island City and had Simular conditions and then we headed south to the Carferry Milwaukee. Down towards the Milwaukee the lake kicked up a little, but not bad. The viz was not as good either. Still decent though at around 30-40.
    It’s shaping up to be a great year on Lake Michigan. The viz is much better this year. Cold is the nature of the beast and I can deal with that. As long as it stays liquid, I’m good to go.LOL

  4. snagel says:

    Original Posty by Crosseyed95 on ScubaToys (8/9/09)

    Bay of Green Bay


    Dove the Hackley today in the Bay of Green Bay. Visibility on the bottom was 50+ feet. I have never seen it this clear even in the spring. On a normal year you will have maybe 5′ of vis in August. Bottom temp was 40 deg which still puts it colder than normal.

    Thermal cline was at 33′ with no noticible 2nd thermal cline. Visibility at the surface was maybe 6′ with tons of particulates. Literally had plants floating by. (course you don’t dive the surface water but I haven’t seen this much crap in the water in several years) Pretty good current on the surface but none on the wreck.

    No algae on the wreck but the zebra muscles were pretty thick. Measured one spot and they were just over 8 inches thick.

    We spent 2 hours on the surface and then did a repeat dive. Visibility had dropped to 40′ which is still amazing.


  5. snagel says:

    Thunder Bay Shipwreck Preserve – Alpena, MI
    (Original Post by GNats on ScubaToys 8/24/09)


    Just back from a diving trip in Alpena, Michigan. Thunder Bay is one of the many shipwreck preserves in the Great Lakes, sporting over 35 moored wrecks.

    Weather conditions in the northeastern side of the lower pennisula can be tricky at times, and we were on the cusp of good and bad weather. The seas were rolling with 4 footers further out into the lake and the overcast day did not make for warm surface intervals.

    Because of the weather and sea conditions, we were able to moor on the E.B. Allen, Grecian, and the Oscar T. Flint. The Grecian is compromised of 2 mooring balls; stern and bow. We dove both moorings, independently of each other as a two tank dive to get the most bottom time to explore this wreck.

    The day started with the Allen. I was unable to dive the Allen. The seas kicked my butt and my breathing was too labored as I decended, so I called my dive at 33′. The others in our group said it was a great wreck and lots to see and explore.

    Our second dive was the the Grecian stern. I swear, this wreck alone was worth the trip. The Grecian, a steel steamer, sank in 1906. It resides in 105 feet of water with the deck at around 75 feet. There was a ton of things to explore and see, and with part of the deck caved in, you could descen into the wreck without having any overhead condition.

    One really neat thing about the stern of the Grecian. You descend down the line away from the wreck to the bottom of the lake. Swim a very short distance and you see the prop. Cool, right? Then you look up, and wow, there is the full stern, intact with the railing and the sun shining through the railing. Truly a sight to see.

    We took a lunch break and returned to the Grecian to explore the bow end. The bow was not as fantastic as the stern, more lumber laying in piles, but still very impressive with the life boat arm still intact on the deck.

    The seas really picked up while we were on the Grecian bow, so we did not dive the Montana, which is almost a must-see. Instead, we headed further inland for shelter and dove the Oscar T. Flint.

    The Oscar T. Flint is in about 36 feet of water. A great algea bloom really took vis from us and believe it or not, the water was colder there than the Grecian. The redeeming part of this dive was the fully intact wood anchor. Wow. That was cool to see, complete with its hardware still attached. The Flint sank in 1909 and was made of wood. It made for a very cool zebra mussel reef of lumber.

    We dove with Great Lakes Dive Charters out of Alpena and I would recommend this dive op. The boat is different than many people may be used to, but, once you learn the system you can easily get on and off this boat. One nice thing – the things I brought aboard that I wanted to stay dry, did stay dry. Bonus in my book. Also, the people who manage the dive day is just as important as the boat. Frank’s hospitality and professionalism was incredible and made for a pleasant day on the lake for sure. One nice thing about the dive op – they have agreements with local businesses in Alpena. We received discount pricing on a nearby hotel and each of us received 10% off our dinner at a very good restaurant.

    Follow-up: Brrrrrrfunckle COLD!!!

    Actually, temps were in the low to mid-40s on most the wrecks. I haven’t played with my computer yet to see exactly where in the 40s.

    I wanted to dive the Alpena wrecks because of my own family history in Alpena. I spent my childhood summers on Long Lake. Great memories. Vis was exceptional on all but that last dive (due to algea bloom). I would say easily 50′ or more.

  6. snagel says:

    Good Start

    Originai Post by Lake MichiJim on ScubaToys

    Being virtually unemployed but having a boat can be a good thing. I’ve been taking advantage of glassy flat lake conditions to dive some of the local wrecks the last couple days. The viz has been 25 – 30 feet on the 50 foot dives. Pretty darn good for this time of year. Can’t wait to hit the Northerner. That ought to be real good! Bring your heavy undies though. Water temp was 35 degrees today!!

  7. snagel says:

    Mackinaw Dive Report

    Original Post by Crosseyed95 on ScubaToys (8/2/10)

    Wifey and I dove St. Ignace over the weekend. Report as follows:


    Docked the boat in the St. Ignace Marina. First time with these guys and it was a pleasant experience. Stayed both Friday and Saturday nights. Showers were clean, it was quiet during the nights and close to downtown. Staff was very friendly.

    Diving on Saturday:

    Weather turned out to be piss poor with a strong S.W. wind. This somewhat dictated our options with us first heading to the Ward (stern). Started our dive by penetrating the interior around the boiler and finished with just floating off the stern soaking in the beauty of the wreck. Visibility was good at around 70′ (or so) with no current.

    Second dive was the Sandusky. To me, this wreck gets worse every year since it seems the algae is taking over everything. It seems to flow off the wreck in chunks and limits your view. Maybe it’s not getting worse and it’s just an impression but I’m sticking with it. There was a slight current on the wreck with minimal at the the surface. Best part was sitting at the safety stop watching the rain shower take place on the surface. Another beauty moment.

    Sunday diving:

    Flat calm and we decided on the Young as our first dive. Pretty good current on the surface and we were barely able to keep ahead of it. Once we dropped below the thermal-cline, the current vanished with about 80′ of vis. Best part to me is the broken bow. This makes for lazy man penetration.

    Second dive of the day was the Cedarville (bow). We were fully geared up for penetration diving on this one but only went in a couple rooms. We just spent so much time looking at each pipe and lever that further exploration was going to have to wait until future dives.


    Vis was good with the exception of the Sandusky which always seems the worse when I’m around. Currents were minimal with the exception of the surface on the Young. Surface temps ranged from 69 to 70 degrees with bottom temps from 39 to 41 degrees depending upon the wreck (Young was the coldest). On many occasions, other dive boats were on the wrecks and everyone was polite.


  8. Snagel says:

    Icewurst 2012
    Original Post by MichiJim on ScubaToys

    Icewurst 2012 is a vintage diving event that will be held at Fortune Pond, Crystal River Upper Michigan, May 18th – 20th. You need not dive vintage to attend the event. If your interested in vintage diving, that’s a plus. If you would like to try a well tuned double hose regulator with some instruction on how to use it, a bigger plus. If you like to dive CLEAR FRESH water, this is for you. Were talking viz of 80 foot plus. The water will be cold, probably around 40 at depth. Top side, rumor has it, that there will be brats grilling and post dive beers. A real win, win!!! So come join us in the U P der hey one time. It will be a blast!

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