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Snorkeling in Metropolis Shipwreck, Grand Traverse Bay, Michigan USA

Depth:
2.4m / 8ft
Season:
May to October
Grand Traverse Bay, a 51 km/ 32 mi long, 16 km/ 10 mi wide bay of Lake Michigan, is divided in two by the old Mission Peninsula. It is coextensive with the Grand Traverse Bay Underwater Preserve that contains numerous shipwrecks. One of the confirmed shipwrecks of the region is the Metropolis.

The Metropolis was a 38 m/125 ft long, 2 mast, wooden schooner, built in Cleveland in 1857. On November 26, 1886, while carrying iron fittings and lumber, she fell prey of a snowstorm and went down south of Old Mission Point. The cargo of pig iron and lumber was salvaged.

Though attempts of her been driven ashore and protected from scuttling were made, she was finally abandoned to the weather and foundered. The Metropolis remains are divided into a shallow wreck field in only 2.4 m/8 ft depth of water and a deeper section of the vessel in 36.5 m/120 ft depth of water. Her keelson is in the shallower section and constitutes also a popular snorkeling destination.

How to Get to Destination

BY CAR FROM CADILLAC, MICHIGAN
75.48 km/ 46.9mi, 1 hour
Follow the US-131 N and Garfield Rd 1. Head northeast on W Pine St toward N Mitchell St. 2. Take the first turning left onto U.S. 131-BUS N / N Mitchell St. 3. Turning right at (n) -U.S. 131 BUS N / 34 Rd / E Boon Rd Continue to follow the 34 Rd / E Boon Rd 4. Turn left to merge on US-131 N. 5. Turn left into the (n) M-113 W. 6. Turning right at (n) Clark Rd. 7. Carry straight to Voice Rd. 8. Turning right onto (v) Co. Rd 611 / Garfield Rd Continue to follow the Garfield Rd. 9. Turn left into the (n) E Front St / U.S. HIghway 31 S. 10. Slight right toward US HIghway 31 S . 11. Turning right onto (V) Marina Dr. 12. Turn left Tart Trail Your destination will be on your right
BY CAR FROM BIG RAPIDS, MICHIGAN
142.43km/ 88.5mi, 1 hour 33 mins
Follow the US-131 N 1. Head north on U.S. 131-Business / Northland Dr. to Maple St. 2. Turning left at (n) -U.S. 131 Business / the 19th Mile Rd. 3. Turn right to enter (n) U.S. N-131 to Cadillac. 4. Turn left into the (n) M-113 W. 5. Turning right at (n) Clark Rd. 6. Carry straight to Voice Rd. 7. Turning right onto (v) Co. Rd 611 / Garfield Rd Continue to follow the Garfield Rd. 8. Turn left into the (n) E Front St / U.S. HIghway 31 S. 9. Slight right toward US HIghway 31 S . 10. Turning right onto (V) Marina Dr. 11. Turn left Tart Trail Your destination will be on your right
BY CAR FROM MIDLAND, MICHIGAN
209.21 km/ 130mi, 2 hours 21 mins
Follow the US-10 W and M-115 1. Head northeast on Jerome St to W Larkin St. 2. Turn left into (v) Indian St W. 3. Proceed to Eastman Ave. 4. Merge onto US-10 W via the ramp road to Clare. 5. Take exit 162 to merge on US-10 W to 115 Michigan / Ludington / Cadillac. 6. Take exit M-115 in Cadillac. 7. Turning right at (n) M-115 W / Cadillac Dr. Continue to follow the M-115 W. 8. Turn right to enter (n) U.S. N-131. 9. Turn left into the (n) M-113 W. 10. Turning right at (n) Clark Rd. 11. Carry straight to Voice Rd. 12. Turning right onto (v) Co. Rd 611 / Garfield Rd Continue to follow the Garfield Rd. 13. Turning left at (n) E Front St / S on the 31st U.S. HIghway. 14. Slight right toward US HIghway 31 S . 15. Turning right onto (V) Marina Dr. 16. Turn left Tart Trail Your destination will be on your right.
BY AIR
Cherry Capital Airport (Domestic),
4 miles (6,4km)
BY TRAIN

There is no train station serving this spot.

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