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Top Minnesota Dive Sites for 2012
badintexas - 6/18/2012 3:33 PM
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Top Minnesota Dive Sites for 2012Madeira Wreck - (4 votes, 3.5 out of 5 stars as of 6/18/2012)
The Madeira was built and launched at the Chicago Yard of the Chicago Shipbuilding Company in 1900. It had a plate keel and was shaped very flat and full to maximize cargo capacity with minimum draft. The vessel was built to carry bulk cargoes of grain, lumber or iron ore economically about the Great Lakes and on the coasts, under tow of a steam powered freighter...

Square Lake - (8 votes, 3 out of 5 stars as of 6/18/2012)
Square Lake near Stillwater, Minnesota, is a popular diving destination in the Twin Cities area. Underwater attractions include sunken boats and canoes, and the tail section of a plane. Shallow depths and easy lake access from two neighboring parks help make Square Lake an active year-round dive site.

Caribou Lake - (2 votes, 4 out of 5 stars as of 6/18/2012)
This lake is classified as one of Minnesota’s hidden wonders. Its located in the Superior National Forest and a very popular site. It offers something for the whole family. Dive here in summer and ice dive here in Winter. Good bottom topography with abundant freshwater marine life.

Crosby Mine - (2 votes, 3 out of 5 stars as of 6/18/2012)
The Minnesota Department of Natural Recourses stocked the waters with northern pike, walleye, crappie, bass, trout and sunfish. Visibility is usually around 20-50 feet and along with great fish life, divers can still find remnants of the rich mining past. Divers now can have the surreal experience of swimming through trees. At times if seems as if the fish are more at home in these underwater trees than the birds are in their trees above the water.

Hopkins Pit - (1 votes, 3 out of 5 stars as of 6/18/2012)
Also known as Damond Cove and Tree Hugger. Bottom consists of muck and rocks, covered in algae. Not many people dive here often. Some marine life to be seen.

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!