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Scuba Diving in St. Mary Wreck, Chicago, Illinois USA

Dive type:
Fresh water/wreck
Current:
None
Visibility:
Excellent (>30 m/98.5 ft)
Experience:
CMAS ** / AOW
Chicago is the seat of Cook County, Illinois, USA. It is the third most populous city in the US and the most populous city in both the American Midwest and Illinois. Nicknamed as The Second City or Windy City, Chicago is situated on the southeastern shores of Lake Michigan, in the northeastern Illinois.

One very popular activity near Chicago in the shared by 4 states Lake Michigan is scuba diving. In Illinois many spots are available for this thrilling sport. If you are interested in bio scuba diving, think again before you visit this spot, as the bio life is poor.

The big attraction in this area is a wreck that was mysteriously led to the bottom of Lake Michigan on 20/12/1986. This 200 gross ton ship is now a reason to visit Chicago and the inland sea that surrounds it. The ship was named St. Mary and the specific spot got its name after it.

The only way to reach the spot is by boat, on a trip that lasts more than 30 minutes and while the spot is very hard to find, it is suggested to have some kind of GPS device. If you have no previous diving experience, you should reconsider diving here, as the level of experience for this particular area is CMAS **/ AOW.

There are no currents in the area and you will dive at a depth that ranges between the average of 115.2 ft/35.1 m to the maximum depth of 120.1 ft/36.6 m. The visibility is excellent, so you will observe this beautiful wreck in its entire glory.

The general dive site quality is good and in combination with all the above makes St. Mary a perfect wreck diving destination.

How to Get to Destination

BY CAR FROM Springfield
238 miles/383 km, 3 hours 42 minutes
Head east toward S 9th St. Turn right onto S 5th St. Continue onto I-55 BUS S/I-55 Loop S/S 6th St. Continue to follow I-55 BUS S/I-55 Loop S. Take the exit onto I-72 E toward I-55 N/Decatur/Chicago. Continue onto I-55 N. Take exit 277A to merge onto I-294 N toward Wisconsin. Partial toll road. Continue onto I-94 W. Toll road. Exit onto IL-120 E/Belvidere Rd. Continue to follow Belvidere Rd. Turn left onto Market St. Continue onto Pershing Rd. Turn right onto Clayton St. Take the 1st left onto E Sea Horse Dr.
BY CAR FROM Lawrenceville
308 miles/495.7 km, 5 hours 11 minutes
Head west on State St toward 11th St. Turn right onto IL-1 N/15th St. Turn left onto IL-133 W/W Jasper St. Continue to follow IL-133 W. Turn right to merge onto I-57 N. Take exit 345A to merge onto I-80 E toward Indiana/I-294. Partial toll road. Take exit 155 on the left for Interstate 294 North Tollway toward Wisconsin. Toll road. Merge onto I-294 N. Partial toll road. Continue onto I-94 W. Toll road. Exit onto IL-120 E/Belvidere Rd. Continue to follow Belvidere Rd. Turn left onto Market St. Continue onto Pershing Rd. Turn right onto Clayton St. Take the 1st left onto E Sea Horse Dr.
BY AIR
Chicago O'Hare International Airport,
35.6 miles/57.3 km
BY TRAIN

If you wish to travel by train, Amtrak has stations almost in the entire Illinois. Take a train from anywhere in the US or Illinois and abort in Chicago – Union Station, IL (CHI). From there you can use the public transportation or rent a car.

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