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Scuba Diving in Martin Stalker wreck, Lake Huron, Michigan USA

Skill Level:
Intermediate to Advanced
Depth:
85ft /26m - 92ft /28m
Diving Season:
June to September
Current:
Mild
Accessibility:
Easy
Lake Huron is the third largest freshwater lake on Earth. Its lake shore is 3827 mi/ 6159 km long and the average depth is 195 ft/ 59.4 m. Lake Huron and Lake Michigan have the same surface elevation and are technically a single lake. The Straits of Mackinac connects Lake Michigan and Lake Huron. Many ships have sunk in the Straits, due to storms over the past years, some of them yet to be found. The Straits of Mackinac Underwater Preserve tries to preserve Michigan’s shipwrecks. The preserve contains more than thirteen recognized shipwrecks. One of them is the Martin Stalker.

The Martin Stalker was a 135 ft/41.14 m schooner, built in 1863 and have passed the Great Lakes more than 20 years, before her collision on November 5, 1886. Due to a severe November gale, the Stalker anchored off west of Mackinaw City in an attempt to ride out the storms. About two in the morning, the barge Muskoka stuck her in the bow. Despite her crew’s efforts to run to shore, she finally went down.

The Martin Stalker lies in 100 ft/30.48 m depth of water, 2 mi/3.21 km east of Mackinac Bridge in Lake Huron. She is sitting upright on a sloping lake floor. Her deck is untouched and the stern and midships are also intact. Her bow is broken, while her windlass, winches and rigging remain. She lies in the Mackinaw City to the Mackinaw Island ferry lane. As ferries pass nearby, it is compulsory to raise a dive flag and have a check out onboard. Current is usually mild, but diving should be avoided on foggy days.

How to Get to Destination

BY CAR FROM SAULT SAINTE MARIE, MICHIGAN
84.65 km/52.6 mi, 54 mins
Follow the I-75 S. 1. Head southeast on Dawson St in Kimball St. 2. Turning right at (n) Johnston St. 3. Take the 2nd turning right into E Easterday Ave. 4. Turn left to enter the I-75 S toward St Ignace. 5. Take exit 345 for Portage St to St Ignace. 6. Turn left into the (n) Portage St. 7. Continue in Central Hill. 8. Turning right at (n) S State St Your destination will be on your right.
BY CAR FROM ALPENA, MICHIGAN
162.54 km/101 mi, 1 hour 2 mins
Follow the US-23 N. 1. Head northwest on U.S.-twenty-three N / E Chisholm St toward S 2nd Ave Continue to follow the US-23 N. 2. Turning right at (n) N Main St. 3. Take the first left turn into U.S. 23-N / Mackinaw Ave Continue to follow the US-23 N. 4. exit toward I-75 N With controlled toll road. 5. Take exit 344A to Saint Ignace. 6. Turning right at (n) I-75 Business Your destination will be on your left.
BY CAR FROM THESSALON, ON, CANADA
176 km/109.36 mi, 2 hours 2 mins
Follow the ON-17 and I-75 S. 1. Head west on Huron St to Main St 2. Proceed to Frances St / Fullerton Bridge Continue to follow the Frances St. 3. Proceed to Lakeside Dr. 4. Turning left at (n) -ON on the 17th. 5. Turn right to stay on (n) -ON on the 17th. 6. Turning right at (n) S Market St. 7. Proceed to McNabb St. 8. Continue along St Georges Ave E. 9. Turn left into the (n) Huron St. 10. Turning right at (n) Sault Ste Marie International Bridge With controlled toll road. 11. Continue straight to stay on the Sault Ste Marie International Bridge Toll road. 12. Slight left to stay in Sault Ste Marie International Bridge Toll road. 13. Turn right to stay on (n) Sault Ste Marie International Bridge Toll road. 14. Proceed to I-75 S With controlled toll road. 15. Take exit 345 for Portage St to St Ignace. 16. Turning left at (n) Portage St. 17. Continue in Central Hill. 18. Turning right at (n) S State St. Your destination will be on your right.
BY AIR
Pellston Regional Airport,
23 miles / 37.01 km
BY AIR
Sault Ste. Marie Airport,
64 miles / 103 km.
BY TRAIN

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