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Scuba Diving in Saint Clair River - USA Hot

Dive area / region : USA - Saint Clair River - See the map Scuba Diving in Saint Clair River - USA

Best diving season : May  •  June  •  July  •  August  •  September  •  October
Recommended number of days to stay : 2 days
Number of dive sites : 1 to 5 Dive Sites
Water temperature and wetsuit advice : 11-15C : Full Wetsuit
Average visibility : 6 - 10 meters
Average dives depth : 20 Meters
Type of currents : Strong currents - drift diving
Months when these currents are present : N/A
General surface conditions : Medium conditions
Wreck types : Old wooden ship  •  Recent world ships  •  Airplane
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Type of marine life : Plants  •  Worms
Presence of caves / caverns : No


Suit: Dry or semi-dry suit recommended but many people dive in two-piece 
Type of diving: Wrecks

St. Clair County is known as the Blue Water Area. The St. Clair River is one of the heaviest traveled rivers in the world. It is part of the world's longest shipping canal, the 2,347 mile St. Lawrence Seaway. Watching the freighters passing up and down the river is a wonderful, peaceful pastime. Another interesting attraction is the Second Blue Water Bridge which was opened in 1997. This international border crossing is a major trade and transportation link between the United States and Canada. St. Clair County also boasts the Fort Gratiot Lighthouse. The oldest in Michigan, it was built in 1829 by Lucius Lyon who became one of Michigan's first two U.S. Senators.

The river is 64 km long and drops around 2m in elevation from Lake Huron to Lake St. Clair. Divers search for old artifacts along the entire length of the river but focal points are around the Blue Water Bridge at the head of the river and downstream at Algonac and Marine City. 
June and July are months when sturgeon pass through but walleye can be seen in schools throughout the year.
Be careful with the current as in some area they can reach 6-8 knots providing some high level adrenaline opportunities.

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