For those with a fascination for shipwrecks, Lake Superior offers an opportunity to visit three different shipwreck sites along with a historic lighthouse, while taking in the stunning landscape of Grand Island and Munising Bay.
The shipwreck tours take about two hours, with a narrator who takes you back in time to the industrial ages of American shipping history.
Tours are available via glass bottom boat, rain or shine, and for those with Open Water Certification and their own gear, tanks and weights are available for rent. Trips are scheduled daily starting on Memorial Day weekend, and run until the second week of October.
Glass Bottom Boat Shipwreck Tours
The Glass Bottom Boat Shipwreck tours on Lake Superior allow for up to 45 feet of underwater visibility aboard Miss Munising or Fireball (both Coast Guard Certified vessels).
These tour boats are equipped with specially designed hull glass and viewing areas that let you, and all those with you, see these historical wrecks in comfort and while staying dry.
In all, for this tour, there are three wrecks lying at the bottom of the lake. Each has been preserved by Lake Superior’s frigid waters.
The first is a fully intact wooden sailing ship that sits just feet from the surface. This beauty is a mystery scow schooner built before the Civil War (late 1700s perhaps). The other two shipwrecks include the Bermuda (1860-1870) and the Herman H. Hettler (1889-1926).
Touring in the glass bottom boat lets you enjoy views of the wrecks as American history comes alive through the entertaining and knowledgeable narration of the staff who are all history enthusiasts.
Grand Island itself is an interesting place to visit with rich history, sandy beaches, and interesting sandstone cliffs and caves. Those on the tour have a good chance of seeing North American Bald Eagles nesting along the shoreline throughout the trip, as well as the possibility of seeing black bear and white tail deer.
The tour also offers a chance to enjoy a close-up view of the historic East Channel Lighthouse and to get a glimpse of the historic Williams Hotel and Original Settlement.
Diving the Wrecks
Those who are certified and want to dive the wrecks will be escorted on one of two passenger boats. Reservations are highly recommended and should be made about a day in advance.
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