We spent the day after our night dive in West Traverse Bay tearing off the second half of the barn roof and slapping on shingles. It rained and alternated between hot enough to sweat and cold enough to shiver. Thankfully, my lovely aunt kept us well fed and hydrated. That evening was spent with friends of my aunt and uncle and we were treated to a delicious home cooked feast complete with Michigan sweet corn. We talked and laughed and stayed up way too late, especially considering the dive schedule for the next day.
We had to be up at Lake Charlevoix by 9am. That meant a 545am wake up so we could make the drive. With much hesitation and with the warm sheets calling to us, we managed to get out of bed and on the road towards our first Michigan boat dives.
Our spirits came up with the sun and by the time we arrived, we were ready to dive. Our captain and crew were John and his his son John. Great guys with a little place up there called NorthWest SCUBA. John’s craft is the Towboat US which he also charters to do groups throughout the year. They can run six divers at a time and we cannot recommend these guys enough. They were extremely helpful getting gear on and off the boats, helping us get gear donned, and of course were very knowledgeable about the lake.
We were greeted on the dock and Captain John showed us his credentials. As we got everything situated and headed out onto the lake, the grogginess had disappeared. The sun was up and skies were clear. An absolutely gorgeous day.
Our first stop was actually in Round Lake which connects to Charlevoix. The first wreck sits in 60 feet of water. Exactly 60 feet if you lay on the bottom. Ask how we know! “The Elizabeth” is a small tug whose owner scuttled it back in the 1960’s for the insurance money. The company got wise to the scheme and off to jail he went. Now she is a nice little attraction for divers and a regular hangout for our fish friends. Check it out!