Scuba Diving in Minneapolis wreck, Lake Michigan, Michigan USA

Skill Level:
Intermediate to Advanced
60ft /18m - 124ft /38m
Diving Season:
June to September
Varies from good to poor
Lake Michigan, the second largest of the Great Lakes of North America by volume and the third largest by surface area, is actually the only one located entirely within the United States. Over the years, a large number of ships have sunk in the Straits of Mackinac, due to sudden and harsh storms. The Straits of Mackinac Underwater Preserve accommodates more than thirteen shipwrecks. One of them is the Minneapolis wreck.

Minneapolis was a passenger and package freight steamer. Although she was first placed in service in 1873, it was not before 1888 that she was converted to a freight only steamer, by removing her upper deck cabins. On April 4, 1894 she was cut by heavy ice and submerged in Lake Michigan. Fortunately, no lives were lost, as the crew boarded one of the schooner-barges that she was towing. She is located southwest of the Mackinac Bridge’s south tower in 124 ft/37.79 m depth of water.

Divers can reach her deck and engines at about 60 ft/18.28 m depth. Her bow is broken open and her stern has begun decaying. Her main deck is collapsing downward. Her engine, boiler, deck equipment and windlass can be explored. The impressive rudder has removed from the hull and rests on the bottom. Currents near the shipwreck, can make it a very difficult dive.

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.
Pellston Regional Airport,
23 miles / 37.01 km
Sault Ste. Marie Airport ,
64 miles / 103 km.

There is no train station serving this spot.

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