Exploring Sunken Shipwrecks in the Great Lakes

From 19th-century schooners to embattled steam ships, you might be surprised to learn that there are many historical wrecks nestled within the waters of Lake Michigan and Lake Superior.  Having had all summer to warm up, September is a great time to scuba dive in Wisconsin since water temperatures can be very comfortable. Water clarity might surprise you, too. When the weather cooperates, visibility can reach up to 50 feet!

Whether you’re a licensed diver, casual snorkeler or paddler with a taste for adventure, there are a few ways you can explore shipwrecks in the Great Lakes:

Shipwreck AdventuresTwo Rivers

Offering recreational outings or advanced expeditions, you can explore wooden schooners from the 1800s or modern freights that sank in the 1950s. Call ahead to book a group outing or individual dive. Did we mention they offer night dives?

Lakeshore Adventures Bailey’s Harbor

Bailey’s Harbor is known for some of the best diving in Lake Michigan. Explore sunken ships at depths anywhere from 15 to 110 feet deep. If you’d rather stick near the surface, rent a clear-bottom kayak and marvel at ships in those shallow waters.

Glass Bottom Boat Tour Bayfield

For a singular experience on the water (without getting wet!), charter Apostle Islands Cruises’ new glass-bottom boat and view historic wrecks in Lake Superior. But hurry, the narrated tour ends its season on September 16th – so don’t (ahem) miss the boat.

Before heading out, dive into the Wisconsin Historical Society’s Maritime Trails program. They’ve documented wrecks and historic waterfronts around the Great Lakes with detailed maps and guides.

Explore the historical treasures beneath our waters and, as always, if you take the plunge, be sure to tell us about your trip!

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