Top Snorkeling and Scuba Diving in Michigan

Ready to check out the best sites in Michigan for scuba diving, snorkeling, shore diving, free diving or other ocean activities? Zentacle has 22 dive sites, snorkel spots, beaches, and more. Discover hand-curated maps, along with reviews and photos from nature lovers like you. No matter what you're looking for, you can find a diverse range of the best ocean activities in Michigan to suit your needs.
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St. Clair River

#1 - St. Clair River

Michigan, USA Mid

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We have a fantastic shore current dive in the St. Clair River. The river connects Lake Huron to Lake St. Clair and ultimately Lake Erie. BONUS….Several shipwrecks are in the river and various artifacts can still be found. During Prohibition the river provided rum runners a means of transporting alcohol between Canada and the US. Bottles are still found to this day. It's a dive that will appeal to many divers.
Elmwood Wreck

#2 - Elmwood Wreck

Michigan, USA Mid

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Various Marine Life, Old Schooner at 40' depth, Grassy area offers great exploring and includes great marine life viewing along rock jetty. Specific Directions/Briefing can be obtained at Scuba North (231-947-2520) Located at Elmwood Park in West Grand Traverse Bay, M22 north from M72 intersection. North of Old Coal Dock and South of Harbor West. Go west from Traverse City on M-22 (towards the Leelenau Penisula). Enter Elmwood Township park. Enter from the shore at the north end of the beach by the jetty. Swim along the jetty until the bottom drops off to 25'-30'. Swim south following the contour of the drop off (about 250'). You should run into the wreck.
Higgins Lake,  Higgins Lake

#3 - Higgins Lake, Higgins Lake

Michigan, USA Mid

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Higgins Lake, Higgins Lake is a 4.5-star rated scuba dive and snorkel destination in Michigan, USA Mid which is accessible from shore based on 2 ratings.
Gull Lake, Battle Creek

#4 - Gull Lake, Battle Creek

Michigan, USA Mid

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Gull Lake, Battle Creek is a 4.333333333333333-star rated scuba dive and snorkel destination in Michigan, USA Mid which is accessible from shore based on 3 ratings.
Lake 16, Martin

#5 - Lake 16, Martin

Michigan, USA Mid

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Lake 16, Martin is a 4.0-star rated scuba dive and snorkel destination in Michigan, USA Mid which is accessible from shore based on 3 ratings.
Alger Underwater Diving Preserve

#6 - Alger Underwater Diving Preserve

Michigan, USA Mid

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113 square mile preserve, 100ft depth, 55DegF, 30ft viz; rock bass; Has the Murray Bay wreck and a 71ft tugboat. See www.algercounty.com or www.munising.org Take I-75 to the upper peninsula, the go west on Hiway 28 to Munising, on Lake Superior.
Spring Mill Pond

#7 - Spring Mill Pond

USA, Michigan

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Spring Mill Pond has a public beach with changing and bathrooms. A good place for an afterwork dive or if you have limited time on the weekend. There are also hiking and biking trails. One training platform and few thing to find (toilet, paddle boat, etc). Have seen several large trout and is know to have freshwater jelly fish. ~20 miles North of Ann Arbor
Vienna

#8 - Vienna

USA, Michigan

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Wooden Steamer Vienna 191'4" 33'8" x 14'1" Launched in 1873 Cleveland Ohio. Cargo of iron ore. Collided with steamer Nipigon September 17, 1892. Ship sank while being towed back to shore. No lives lost. Wreck is intact with penetration possible. There is a lifeboat still on her deck. Site is bouyed each year. White Fish Point, Lake Superior Access by boat. 1.6 miles west south west of Whitefish Point Michigan
William Barnum

#9 - William Barnum

USA, Michigan, Straits of Mackinac Shipwreck Preserve

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Built in 1873 in Detroit MI, the wood steamer, William H. Barnum, plied the Great Lakes for more than 20 years before reaching her demise. She was under the command of the 29 year old Capt. William Smith, on his first voyage as master of the Barnum when she sank. The Barnum left Chicago harbor on April fools day 1894 loaded with corn for Port Huron. The Barnum left Chicago harbor along with 18 others ships, including the steamer Minneapolis, which sank the day before the Barnum. The heavy weather and grinding ice in the Straits proved to be to much for the Barnum and she started taking on water. The tug Crusader came to her rescue and tried to pull her into shallow water, but her efforts were also halted by the ice. The Crusader took the crew of the Barnum and they watched her vanish beneath the ice and waves on the morning of April 3, 1894. No lives were lost. The William Barnum now lies upright and mostly intact in 74' of water five and a half miles east of the bridge in Lake Huron. She is moored on top of her single cylinder engine. Most of the decks have fall in, but are still intact in at the bow, offering penetration opportunities. The boilers are also an impressive site. The stern transom has broken up, as a result of her rudder being removed in 1969, before the laws of the Preserve protected her. Her propeller is still visible to the observant diver. The rudder can be seen in St. Igance between the ACE hardware and the city marina. William Barnum is also known as William H Barnum.
Ironsides Wreck

#10 - Ironsides Wreck

USA, Michigan

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Visibility on the Ironsides can vary from a few feet to 50 feet or better. This wreck does get a fair amount of fishing line and lures, be sure to carry safety sheers or knife. Site is located 4 miles offshore from Grand Haven Pier. The nearest boat ramp is 15 minutes up river from the pier.
Myron Wreck

#11 - Myron Wreck

USA, Michigan

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Myron wreck is a 186' wooden steamer wreck. 19 men died when she went down in a storm Nov 22 1919. Built in Grand Haven MI in 1888. Two great clusters of anchor chain remain along with the boiler and some great tools. "Leave the tools for the next divers please!" No Zebra mussels!
Smith Moore Wreck

#12 - Smith Moore Wreck

USA, Michigan

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Wooden Steamer sank in collision. Boiler in and stern very interesting. Depending on current sometimes visibility can be a problem from the milky water from Picture Rocks.
Bermuda Wreck

#13 - Bermuda Wreck

USA, Michigan

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Two Masted Schooner in good shape. Good example of two masted schooner. You can get below deck. Murray Bay
Marquette Upper Harbor

#14 - Marquette Upper Harbor

USA, Michigan

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Marquette Upper Harbor is a 0-star rated scuba dive and snorkel destination in USA, Michigan which is accessible from shore based on 0 ratings.
Lake Fenton

#15 - Lake Fenton

USA, Michigan

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Lake Fenton is a 0-star rated scuba dive and snorkel destination in USA, Michigan which is accessible from shore based on 0 ratings.
Car Bodies

#16 - Car Bodies

USA, Michigan

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Finding the site can be a little tricky. Use the map as a rough guide to find the spot on the lake. Once there, traverse the bay in a zig-zag pattern until you see a white uderwater bouy (Tropicana OJ Jug that I put there in 2005). Drop anchor to the North a safe distance away as to not interfere with the car bodies or any of the marine life that live there. The site consists of two car bodies that were dragged out on the Ice and sunk with the spring thaw sometime in the 50s. The car that the bouy is tied to is an upside-down 1951 Studabaker Land Cruiser. The other car (located 10 feet away to the SouthEast) is an upside-down 1940s Pickup. Lots of marine life calls this site home. Mostly Rockbass and Smallmouth Bass. Since there is no public access close to the dive site, the best way to get there is to launch a boat in either Elk Rapids or Kewadin.
Three Brothers

#17 - Three Brothers

USA, Michigan

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The three brothers is a great wreck for beginners because it offers a range of depths to choose from. Due to the fact that the wreck had been covered by sand for most of the time after her sinking she remains intact. The wreck however is on the verge of exploding due to the large amounts of sand still inside her. Independent ship wreck preservationists have offered to remove the sand free of charge but the DNR refused. The wreck sits upright and is broken up in the shallows. When it was rediscovered in 1996 the name was still visible on the back. Today however zebra muscles have taken over. The wreck is completely covered in Zebra muscles so gloves are a must. The site is usually marked. To get to the island a boat is required or a ferry service can be used but once their this dive can easily be a shore dive. If you have questions ask the rangers. The ranger station can be located about a hundred yards west of the wreck. The island offers many other interesting activities as well. The three brothers had been covered for over 20 years Then, in the winter of 95'/96', Lake Michigan decided to uncover her. When David Nagel and David Wilkins of the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore returned to opn the park on April 30th, 1996, they discovered the Three Brothers lying under water where Sandy Point had previously been. Today, she can be seen from the surface and is usually buoyed. Her LON/LAT is 45.00'62" / 86.05'49". The wreck can be accessed from shore or by boat and can be snorkeled of dove on.
Haserot Beach

#18 - Haserot Beach

Michigan, USA Mid

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This a great beach in of itself. Suit up at the first parking lot. Go out about 20ft and follow the weedbed SSE. You will find the 'jinkpile' in about 20ft of water. Old boats, 1940s sedans, etc. From Traverse City, take M-37 North onto Old Mission Peninsula. Turn right (East) on Swaney Road. The beach will be on the right about one mile down.
Lower Detroit River, Flat Rock

#19 - Lower Detroit River, Flat Rock

Michigan, USA Mid

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Lower Detroit River, Flat Rock is a 0-star rated scuba dive and snorkel destination in Michigan, USA Mid which is accessible from shore based on 0 ratings.
Rock Maze

#20 - Rock Maze

Michigan, USA Mid

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Lots of giant boulders up to 30' in height, starts right off shore in 5' of water, the many boulders give the feeling of swimming in a maze. Great added adventure to a day on Mackinaw Island This site is located 200 Yards NNE of Arch Rock off of Mackinaw Island. Take a Ferry from either St. Ignace or Mackinaw City, then Horse carriage/Taxi to dive site.
America Wreck

#21 - America Wreck

USA, Michigan

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The America was the old ferry that transported people from Wisconsin to Isle Royal National park. It sank however when it struck a shoal. Still today the incoming ferry stops to let passengers see the wreck which is visible from the surface, its bow cutting the current. The America is an amazingly intact wreck. Located only 100 feet of shore it lies in about 50 feet of water but it is on an angle and its bow rises only 3 feet below the surface. It is worth noting that their is a significant current on the surface but below three of four feet the water is still. The wreck offers everything to suit all types of divers. Inside the wreck you can see wiring running to old lights. One of the most spectacular aspects of this wreck is the grand stair case that truly reminds you of the titanic. The America is located at the very west end of Isle Royal national park near the Windigo visitor center. Access is by boat. The wreck is located in 3-50 feet of water.
Eliza H. Strong

#22 - Eliza H. Strong

USA, Michigan

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205' long steamer wreck. This is a good dive for a first timer. Shallow, easy access, can be seen from the boat most days. The Eliza Strong lies 0.9 miles from Lexington Harbor on a heading of 121 degrees.