Scuba Diving Lake Superior

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Thrill seekers love scuba diving Lake Superior and exploring Minnesota Lake Superior shipwrecks. The water of Lake Superior is very cold but also very clear which makes scuba diving in those waters very appealing to adventurers. Many shipwrecks are wonderfully preserved in the fresh water of the Great Lakes and these are some of the favorite dive sites.

Scuba diving Lake Superior

The North Shore's craggy coast, shallow rock reefs and underwater rock formations are attractive to divers. Scuba diving Lake Superior began to gain popularity as a Minnesota adventure sport in the 1950's and still consists almost exclusively of shipwreck diving.

The 1970's were great years of scuba diving Lake Superior shipwrecks. Some of the discoveries included:

  • The car ferry, Milwaukee, that disappeared on October 22, 1929, and was found in 1972 by John Steele and Kent Bellrichard in 125 feet of water north of the port of Milwaukee.
  • Deep water shipwrecks at Isle Royale and Whitefish Point in Lake Superior were found and explored.


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By 1980 enough wrecks had been discovered to keep shipwreck divers occupied for years.

As Lake Superior scuba diving progressed some Great Lakes divers began to use cave techniques developed in Florida. They were were able to do some extreme deep dives, such as the 500 foot deep dive to the Edmund Fitzgerald in the mid 90's.

There are many shipwrecks to see in the cold waters of the great lakes. Artifacts that would have long ago disappeared in corrosive salt water are wonderfully preserved in the fresh water of the Great Lakes.

If you are interested in scuba diving there are classes available in Duluth and other places along the North Shore.

Here are some great resources:

Lake Superior Divers

Superior Expeditions

InnerSpace Scuba


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