Bond Street Kayak Launch – Niles

Today’s dive was in Niles but the current below the dam was very fast, the water high and visibility VERY low. So we went above the dam to the Bond street kayak launch where the visibility looked good UNTIL you went in and disturbed the soft muck then visibility sort of sucked.  In the areas where you were shallow and the sun was out, the visibility was  several feet.  Pretty slim picking due to the heavy silt layer and resultant  zero viz.  We did manage to have a couple of take homes items. Water temperature was almost wet suit at~ 42-44F°. In the water today was Jim Schulz, Karen Mann, and Mack.

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Turkey Dive

Saturday, November 26-2016, “TURKEY DIVE” was held at 12:00 (High Noon) in the Saint Joseph river, Benton Harbor at Fisherman’s Park.  (next to the new Whirlpool Complex).   It was a great dive with 7 divers and several people on shore support. Bob S  ran into Mack underwater and partnered up with him for most of the 30+ minute dive time. Bob was able to provide an extra video light for Macks GoPro. Still from the video what is usually found underwater in that area. It was chilly in the water if you were in for awhile.   Visibility at the bottom was 4 to 6 ft if you were below 12 feet, in shallower water the visibility dropped to 2-3 feet but there was a lot more light from above.    The water temperature was between 42 & 44 F.   Thanks to Karen Mann for bring over and setting up her Hospitality Tent. It was great to have a warm wind break and hot drinks after the diving.

 

 


 

 

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Ship Canal – Benton Harbor, MI

This dive was made in the old ship canal where it meets the Paw Paw River and at the location of the old railroad bridge crossing now long gone.  Visibility in the shallows was maybe 3 feet until you touched the mucky bottom or got deeper than 3 feet. A light was not a lot of help when going deeper. Lots of concrete, old pilings, wooden wall, tree limbs and misc stuff. Plenty of fishing line but surprisingly few bottles and cans. Lots of metal parts, timbers and odd pieces on the shore line slope. There is a little current when out of the canal section but not enough to clear the muck plume. Water temp ~52F.

 

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Diving Salinac Shores Preserve along Lake Huron’s long western shore

On Saturday Kevin Ailes took a roadtrip to see the “Salinac Shores Preserve”. Diving the “Regina” and “Price” which were both lost during the “Great Storm” of November 9, 1913. Both had been on Kevin’s list to dive for a long time due to the entwined fate of the ships. Likely there is a story of harrowing unsuccessful rescue. We will never now as there were no survivors to tell the tale. As the pictures indicate, both dives were fabulous.  Special Thanks to Tracy and Lindsay Click for joining me on this little adventure. Their company and expertise made this an exceptional road trip which is recommended for any diver take. It’s truly amazing to find such intact and penetrable wrecks in only 80 feet of water. Adding in the historical aspect makes for some of the best diving in the state.

 

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St. Joseph River – Niles

Today’s Niles river pickings were slim. But there were a few interesting objects brought from the depths.  Divers and support included: Mary Beth, Deb W, Rob K, Karen M, Jake T and Mack. MB found a watch but the only thing we know about it is it stoped at 7:16. The compass was interesting but frozen but the bricks were embossed and the shells readily. When picking’s are slim you gotta bring back something.

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River Cleanup in Niles – Ecology Scuba Dive

Updated 9/27/2016 10:15am

October 1, 2016

11:00am to 3:00pm

Don’t forget that this Saturday, October 1, is the St. Joe river cleanup behind the Wonderland Theatre in Niles. Divers, Snorkelers, Swimmers, Kayakers, Waders, and Bubble Watchers are all needed to help out. The City of Niles is providing a dumpster and the MUD Club & local dive shops are providing the manpower to remove a bunch of “JUNK” from the river. There are bottles, tires, bottles, bicycles, bottles, car parts, bottles, and all sorts of “junk” to pick up and clean out of the river. Did we mention there are a lot of old bottles that you might want to display rather than throw into the dumpster, but that is your choice. 

We are planning to be in the river any time between 11:00 and 3:00, with prizes being awarded for the most unusual, heaviest, and biggest pile.

Everyone is invited to come out and help. If you are diving, be sure to bring a dive flag and float to mark your position in the river. Extreme caution is urged as portions of the river have strong current and multiple snag and overhead hazards. There are areas that have less hazard and depths can run from 1 foot to over 10 feet. Anyone participating is volunteering their time at their own risk.


Michigan Underwater Divers Club is organizing an Ecology Scuba Dive. The goal is to clean up as much trash as possible in the Saint Joseph River and on the shoreline along the Indiana Michigan River Valley Trail near Riverfront Park. We will be gathering behind the Wonderland Theater. From there we will be spread up and down the river with the primary plan to cover from the upstream Grant Street bridge down to the rail road bridge near Wayne Street. With enough support the area could expand up to the French Paper Mill Dam.

The ecology dive is open to all Scuba Divers, Snorkelers and anyone willing to walk the bank or shore. Shore support will greatly increase the amount of trash that can be removed by the divers. We would love to have two people on shore for each diver in the water.

The City of Niles will be providing a dumpster.

We recommend everyone come early for the best parking spots to avoid a long gear haul.

Here is the facebook event link – https://www.facebook.com/events/203018966779229/

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St Joseph River Dive – Thirsty Thursday

We had 3 drivers and one shore support (Barb) off the park boardwalk in Niles and three launched from Marmont street. We were spread out all along the shore line and collected the following. Fast current, many, many trees and snag points with 4-5 foot visibility, water temperature ~65 F surface. Saw some HUGE catfish among the sunken trees and a couple of large bass. Sorry, but no pictures of Karen’s or Steve finds. Adam joined us at Marmont and we then went to Good Anuff Pub in Niles for wings and things.

(Big John N) Saw several Light packs like this and many pieces of metal . The purse did not have any money in it, honest!

(Big John N) Saw several Light packs like this and many pieces of metal. The purse did not have any money in it, honest!

(Rob N) Very nice keeps all

(Rob N) Very nice keeps all

(Mack) Cache of older small coke bottles. No Christmas cokes and only 3 were local- one was from Texas. The large milk was a nice embosed "Twin Pine Dairy, Guernsy Milk, T.W. Keirnan".

(Mack) Cache of older small coke bottles. No Christmas Cokes and only 3 were local – one was from Texas. The large milk was a nice embossed “Twin Pine Dairy, Guernsy Milk, T.W. Keirnan”.

(Jim S) All are keepers: Off set neck on the square bottle, wide mouth bell opening on one, several nice ones embossed. Two nice Christmas cokes. "PAT'D DEC. 25 1923" (called the "Christmas Cokes") were produced from 1928 to 1938. BG Info: The December 25, 1923 is the patent date. a bottle with the Dec. 25 1923 patent date is not a rare find in most cases, especially if it is the 1989 reproduction or the 1990 bottle. Most Nov. 16 1915 bottles are worth more than double, usually more, than most Christmas bottles (with a few exceptions). BUT how many of either date have you every seen !

(Jim S) All are keepers: Off-set neck on the square bottle, wide mouth bell opening on one, several nice ones embossed. Two nice Christmas Cokes.

“PAT’D DEC. 25 1923” (called the “Christmas Cokes”) were produced from 1928 to 1938. BG Info: The December 25, 1923 is the patent date. A bottle with the Dec. 25 1923 patent date is not a rare find in most cases, especially if it is the 1989 reproduction, or the 1990 bottle. Most Nov. 16 1915 bottles are worth more than double, usually more, than most Christmas bottles (with a few exceptions). BUT how many of either date have you ever seen?

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May – Dive the “Ironsides” – Lake Michigan

Kevin Ailes & Co., dove the Ironsides – an old wooden steamer that sank in 1873, located about 4 miles off of Grand Haven, MI in 120 feet of water.

The visibility this day was 60 foot with a bottom temperature of 42 degrees at 104 feet.

Kevin Ailes photo of the Ironsides buoy pict

KA Ironsides shot May 2016

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May 5th – Thirsty Thursday Dive

The May 5th – Thirsty Thursday Dive was at Paw Paw Lake, off Forest Beach, and down Pier Street in Watervliet, Mi.

If your interested in diving the area the directions are from I-94, take EXIT 41 and go North on M-140. This turns into N Main Street (thru Watervliet downtown).

Proceed North out of town toward the airport. Just past Airport Drive (on your right), turn LEFT onto FOREST BEACH road, continue until you turn LEFT on PIER road. At the junction of PIER Rd and SHORE LANE you will see the parking area for the beach and pier.

During the summer there is a porta-potty and trash can which does come in handy. The area around the pier is sand and is ~ 5 feet deep at the piers end.  You have to go out a couple of hundred feet to get to the edge of the drop off which slopes  down to about 30 feet. Most people go to the edge and grub around for bottles. The visibility has not been great this year averaging maybe 10 feet.

Forrest Beach on Pier St.

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2016 – April – Archaeology Series

The “North Berrien Historical Museum”, located at 300 Coloma Ave in Coloma, Mi., sponsored a series of programs titled “Archaeology Series” , Parts 1 thru 3.

These were presented on Thursday nights in April and were attended my many Muddies instead of  doing the typical Thirsty Thursday dives.

Part two was especially interesting to many of the Muddies because the fur trade spoken about was based at “Fort Saint Joseph” located in Niles, Mi.

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2016 – April: 30th Annual Sportsman’s Dinner

Several Muddies participated in the 30th Annual Sportsman’s Dinner held at the Midway Baptist Church in Watervliet, MI (Saturday, April 23, 2016). This is a picture of the Scuba Display – Old & the New  that was maned by several club members and their wives.

 2016 Sportsman Dinner
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Thirsty Thursdays – It now Begins

Just a reminder to all you Muddies that next week, March 31st, is the start of 2016 “Thirsty Thursday” dives.

We have three identified participants so far. The river thus far appears uncooperative so the alternate site is Paw Paw Lake, Front Beach Park at Shore Lane & Pier Street, Watervliet side.

We will be there at 5:00 pm. Come to dive or provide shore support:)

10405407_10209482861208736_157279887997867436_n PPL- Forest Beach - Pier Street

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