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Top Wisconsin Dive Sites for 2012
badintexas - 5/15/2012 12:14 PM
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Top Wisconsin Dive Sites for 2012Prins Willem V - (10 votes, 4.10 out of 5 stars as of 5/15/2012)
Known as the "Willie" this is one of the most popular wrecks in Milwaukee. She lies intact at about 80ft with penetration possible for the trained and experienced divers. Dutch motorship built in 1948 at Neder-Hardinxveld, Netherlands by N.V. Scheepswerf en Machinefabriek, "De Merwede" Voorheen Van Vliet & Co. for Oranje Line, Maatschappij Zeetransport N.V., Rotterdam, Holland. On May 10, 1940, when she was only two-thirds completed, she was scuttled by the Netherlands army on the New Waterway River at Rotterdam to block use of the waterway by invading Germans. Raised in 1945 by the Oranje Line. Cleaned, reconditioned and completed. Made her maiden voyage in Jan. 1949.....

Lake Wazee (Black River Falls) - (13 votes, 3.62 out of 5 stars as of 5/15/2012)
The lake was the site of the former Jackson County Iron Mine quarry. The mine was in operation from the early sixties until April of 1983. Approximately 850,00 tons of iron-rich taconite pellets were produced at the mine each year, with the bulk of them used for steel production in mills located in East Chicago, Indiana. A crash of the domestic steel markets in the United States contributed to the decision to close the mine.....

Devil’s Lake - (8 votes, 3.50 out of 5 stars as of 5/15/2012)
Most Devil’s Lake diving takes place on the north east side of the lake by the furthest parking lot from the entrance. Divers either enter the water right from the parking lot, or you can gain more depth quicker with a short walk south along the railroad tracks. You’ll meet lots of divers diving as Devils Lake is pretty popular on the weekends, both with dive buddy groups and classes from dive centers in the area.

Wisconsin - (8 votes, 3.25 out of 5 stars as of 5/15/2012)
A 209 foot steamer sank on October 29th, 1929 as the result of a northeasterly gale. The steel superstructure of the wreck is nearly swept away, exposing the supporting I-beams and penetration is possible. In her cargo hull, three vintage automobiles remain - a Hudson, an Essex and a Chevrolet touring car.The deck of the wreck begins at 95 feet with the bottom is at 128 ft. The ship is sitting squarely on her keel in a near upright position.

906 Dredge - (3 votes, 3.33 out of 5 stars as of 5/15/2012)
The 906 was a large crane barge that capsized and sank during heavy gale winds n May 1956. nine of the crew members drowned and its believed that there may still be some of the bodies onboard up till today. She rests upside down with her remains and equipment scattered around her.

Frank O’Connor - (2 votes, 4 out of 5 stars as of 5/15/2012)
The Frank O’Connor is the larger sister of the Bulk Freighter Fedora (301’ vs. 285’). It was built in 1892 in West Bay City, Michigan by the company of F.W. Wheeler and commissioned as the City of Naples. It was rebuilt in 1904, when it was renamed the Frank O’Connor. The Frank O’Connor was one of the largest wooden Bulk Freighters ever built, it was also one of the last. The builder was one of the last to use wood, bulk freights of this time had been built of steel for a while.....

Maiden Lake - (2 votes, 3.50 out of 5 stars as of 5/15/2012)
Maiden Lake is a 278 acre lake located in Oconto County. It has a maximum depth of 52 feet. Visitors have access to the lake from a public boat landing. Fish include Panfish, Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass and Walleye. The lake’s water clarity is very clear.

Gills Rock - (2 votes, 3.50 out of 5 stars as of 5/15/2012)
At the very tip of the Door County peninsula lies Gills Rock, where a strong tradition of commercial fishing continues today. This area is also very popular with scuba divers who explore the many shipwrecks in and around Death’s Door. The Door County maritime museum houses many artifacts from these wrecks and chronicles the fishing industry. Ferries to Washington Island depart regularly from Gills Rock and nearby Northport Pier.

Appomattox - (2 votes, 3.00 out of 5 stars as of 5/15/2012)
At 319 feet, the Appomattox was the largest wooden bulk steamer ever constructed on the Great Lakes, possibly in the world. It was the innovative use of steel cross bracing , keelsonplates , and arches that made such a massive oak hull possible. These features, her triple-expansion steam engine, and other first-class marine equipment made the Appomattox a thoroughly modern vessel when she was built in 1896. They also vividly illustrate the momentous transition between using wood and using steel to build large boats.

Wolf Lake - (2 votes, 3.00 out of 5 stars as of 5/15/2012)
Wolf Lake is a smaller 49 acre lake but it’s about 50 feet deep. It’s also a “No Motor Lake”.

PS. If you have been to any of these dive sites and have photos, comments, etc to add to DiveBuddy, please do! We’d love to hear your thoughts and it may help others to decide on where to dive in the future!