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Scuba Diving in Northwest wreck, Lake Huron, Michigan USA

Skill Level:
Intermediate to Advanced
Depth:
52ft /16m - 73ft /22m
Diving Season:
June to September
Lake Huron is the second-largest of the Great Lakes and the world's third-largest freshwater lake. It has also the largest shore line length of any of the Great Lakes. Lake Huron and Lake Michigan lie at the same level, but are separated by the narrow Straits of Mackinac. One of the shipwrecks, sheltered in the Straits of Mackinac is the Northwest.

The Northwest is a 223 ft/ 67.97 m wooden schooner, built in 1873. In April 1898, while being under tow by the propeller Aurora, she was stuck by submersed ice and started taking on water. Though the Aurora tried to tow her to shallow water, she was blocked by ice and slipped beneath the waves and ice. Her crew was taken on board of Aurora without any life loss.

She now sits in 73 ft/ 22.25 m depth of water and 6 mi/ 9.56 km west of the bridge in Lake Michigan. Today, she is scattered on the lake floor, but even in this condition, her deck and construction techniques can be seen along with her donkey steam engine, bilge pumps and windlass. The stern and rudder lie on the lake floor. Due to her condition and the mild current, she is considered to be an advanced 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.
BY AIR
Pellston Regional Airport,
23 miles / 37.01 km
BY AIR
Sault Ste. Marie Airport ,
64 miles / 103 km.
BY TRAIN

There is no train station serving this spot.

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