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Underwater Preserves

Alger Underwater Preserve [Underwater Preserves, Scuba Diving], Munising, MI 49862, Phone: (800) 970-8717. The Alger Underwater Preserve is located on the south shore of Lake  Superior near the city of Munising in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.  This area of Lake Superior’s shoreline includes the Pictured Rocks  National Lakeshore, Grand Island and the sheltered waters of Munising  Bay. The Alger Underwater Preserve offers several unusual diving  attractions including ”sea caves,” intact shipwrecks, and underwater  interpretive trails.

DeTour Passage Underwater Preserve [Underwater Preserves, Scuba Diving], DeTour Village, MI 49725, Phone: (800) 970-8717. The DeTour Passage is located at the easternmost tip of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. The area, which includes Drummond Island, became the state’s tenth underwater preserve. The DeTour Passage Underwater Preserve features a variety of dive sites.

Grand Traverse Bay Underwater Preserve [Underwater Preserves,  Scuba Diving], P.O. Box 384, Traverse City, MI 49685, Phone: (989) 600-8623. The Grand Traverse Bay Underwater Preserve is the state of Michigan's 12th designated underwater preserve. The GTBUP encompasses the east and west arms of Grand Traverse Bay from Cathead Bay in the northwest over to Norwood in the northeast. The Grand Traverse Bay Underwater Preserve is an all volunteer non-profit 501 (c)3 which maintains an underwater preserve in Grand Traverse Bay. The purpose of the preserve is to promote underwater recreation and Maritime Heritage & Tourism in the Great Lakes.   The waters of the GTBUP contain shipwrecks from the 1800s up to the 1970s, historically significant cultural sites such as one of the oldest dock remains in Michigan, as well as fun dive sites like a 1970s Ford Pinto. The Michigan Underwater Preserve system was created in 1980 through legislation supported and largely drafted by Michigan sport divers. Since then, divers have ensured that their sport will remain a high-quality activity with stiff penalties for disturbing the shipwrecks and their artifacts. It is a felony to remove or disturb artifacts in the Great Lakes. Those caught removing portholes, anchors, anchor chain, deadeyes, blocks, or other “souvenirs” will have their boat, car, and equipment confiscated immediately and will face up to two years imprisonment and stiff fines.

Keweenaw Underwater Preserve [Underwater Preserves, Scuba Diving], Houghton, MI 49931, Phone: (800) 338-6660. In addition to shipwrecks, the Keweenaw is a popular area for exploring  underwater geologic formations. Large deposits of copper can be found in this region. Visibility throughout this preserve is generally very good and often exceeds 35 feet.

Manitou Passage Underwater Preserve [Underwater Preserves, Scuba Diving], Empire, MI 49630, Phone: (231) 326-5134. The Manitou Passage Underwater Preserve offers divers a variety of Lake  Michigan attractions - from historic dock ruins to fascinating  shipwrecks of two centuries.


Marquette Underwater Preserve [Underwater Preserves, Scuba Diving], Marquette, MI 49855, Phone: (800) 338-6660. The Marquette Underwater Preserve was established in 1990 to promote  conservation of the area’s submerged historical resources. The preserve  offers outstanding scuba diving along Lake Superior’s shoreline in two  areas of Marquette County, the Marquette Unit and the Huron Islands  Unit.

Michigan Underwater Preserves Council [Underwater Preserves, Scuba Diving], 560 N. State Street, St. Ignace, MI 49781, Phone: (800) 970-8717, We promote diving and conservation of the shipwrecks in the 11 underwater preserves and Great Lakes. These shipwrecks have been under water for many years, and are often found in good condition, even after being submerged for 100+ years.

Straits of Mackinac Underwater Preserve, 560 N. State Street, St. Ignace, MI 49781, Phone: (906) 643-8717. The 148 square miles of the Straits of Mackinac Underwater Preserve is  located at the northern tip of two of the Great Lakes, Lake Michigan and Lake Huron.

Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary, 500 W. Fletcher Street, Alpena, MI 49707, Phone: (989) 356-8805

Thunder Bay Underwater Preserve [Underwater Preserve, Scuba Diving], 145 Water Street, P.O. Box 65, Alpena, MI 49707, Phone: (989) 354-4181

West Michigan Underwater Preserve [Underwater Preserve, Scuba Diving], 5200 Anderson Road, Montague, MI 49437, Phone: (231) 736-8736. West Michigan Underwater Preserve is Michigan's newest Underwater  Preserve. Lucky 13. It is the 13th preserve, has 13 shipwrecks and  became official in September 13, 2012. The WMUP covers over 345 square  miles from just north of Big Sable Point near Ludington to just south of Grand Haven.

Whitefish Point Underwater Preserve [Underwater Preserve, Scuba Diving], Paradise, MI 49768, Phone: (800) 338-6660. Whitefish Point reaches into Lake Superior at the Southeast end of the Lake, providing the geographic separation between the “Greatest Lake”, Whitefish Bay and the entrance to the Soo Locks. The cold clear waters in this area have left the wrecks in excellent condition. They range from an early schooner, Niagara, to wood steam barges, Vienna, John Osborne, Samuel Mather, and modern steel Lake freighters Superior City and John B. Cowle.



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