St. Clair River

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We have a fantastic shore current dive in the St. Clair River. The river connects Lake Huron to Lake St. Clair and ultimately Lake Erie. BONUS….Several shipwrecks are in the river and various artifacts can still be found. During Prohibition the river provided rum runners a means of transporting alcohol between Canada and the US. Bottles are still found to this day. It's a dive that will appeal to many divers.

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07/18/2012 Shermen (Avg: 2.60 Review) - Great site, a few wrecks just under the Blue Water Bridge. Max depth about 80 feet and really fast current but has an eddy on the Michigan side with no current. I would not recommend diving this river the first time without an experienced St. Clair river diver. The wrecks can be challenging so dive with the fast current and you can become pinned to the wreck if not careful. Some info on the St. Clair River http://www.midwestconnection.com/diving/diving_st_clair_north.htm

10/12/2005 Chris Ellert (Avg: 2.20 Review) - The site is located at the end of the St. Clair river, in the North Channel, just before the split of the north channel, one heading northwest, the other southwest (the sny-bora). Just as the snybora splits, there will be a slow no wake buoy. Just beyond the slow no wake buoy, ripples will be noticed; this is the dive site. Anchor a boat on the river's edge, enter the water and descend at a 45 until you hit the bottom at about 28'. Then move forward until you reach the wreck. The wreck is a 40ft schooner facing north. Mostly intact with some of the deck collapsed. (Bring a spike to dig into the mud upon ascent)

08/31/2005 Wayne Kinslow (Avg: 2.48 Review) - Okay, we're in the Midwest. Reef Conditions don't apply. Night conditions: no sharks, vis pretty good- how is your flashlight? Rating can be over a 4, but for the Midwest it's a 7. Nice entry, no waves, no tide and a lot of fun for the beginner at night.

11/01/2004 Paul from Port Huron (Avg: 2.44 Review) - The St. Clair river offers a very challenging dive site because of the strong current. But for this dive I entered at the Huron Light Ship Museum and drifted down to the YMCA. Learning to use the current, and not fight it, make this drift dive very enjoyable. Lots of fish, relics, and lost fishing gear. Awesome river.

10/28/2004 Anonymous (Avg: 3.16 Review) - Blue water bridge to Black river, shore dive off the seawall. 20 ship wrecks within 3 miles, most are wooden schooners, current is fast and dangerous, need to dive with a local on your first couple of dives. Must be in good shape to climb back out of the water on the ladders. Dives are kicken!

12/17/2003 Anonymous (Avg: 3.25 Review) - Great place to dive for intermediate to advanced divers. No place for a beginner. I'm not referring to certification but rather experience.

12/09/2003 Avalanchediver (Avg: 3.76 Review) - Take time to make a dive near the Blue Water Bridge. You will enjoy vis up to 40 ft in the summer with the same water temp top to bottom. The current is rippin, so take someone with experience with you on your first couple of dives in this environment. More fish life seen here than anywhere else in the great lakes environment.

10/09/2003 Russ (Avg: 2.19 Review) - Great Place to Dive and there is even a wreck for you to see right there by Port Huron. The " Monarch" is a great dive for starters.


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Diver Averages for  St. Clair River  (1=worst, 5=best)


Average Site Condition

Ease of Shore Entry:  3.25
Bottom Conditions:  3.25
Reef Conditions:  1.75
Animal Life:  3.38
Plant Life:  1.88
Facilities:  2.25
Solitude 3.13
Roads:  3.75
*Site Average:  2.76
   

Average Enjoyment Level

Snorkel:  1.88
Beginner Scuba:  2.63
Intermediate Scuba:  3.38
Advanced Scuba:  4.13
Night diving Scuba:  3.25

Number of reviews for this site: 8

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