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78. Southwest Michigan Underwater Preserve

March 19, 2011

Southwest Michigan Underwater Perserve

Boaters looking for something different this summer or want to impress your non-boater friends with some good trivia under the water? The Southwest Michigan Underwater Preserve has all that and more. For Divers the shipwreck depths vary from 10′ to 240′ so the beginner to the expert diver has something to do.

On November 13, 1999, The State of Michigan formally dedicated the Southwest Michigan Underwater Preserve as the tenth preserve in Michigan waters. The preserve boundaries range from just north of Holland, Michigan south along the southeast shore of Lake Michigan to Bridgman. The preserve extends from the shoreline to the 130 foot depth contour, or five miles offshore, whichever is closest to the shoreline. The preserve encompasses communities such as New Buffalo, St. Joseph, Benton Harbor, South Haven, Douglas, Saugatuck and Holland. There are numerous shipwrecks in the preserve area as well as geological formations including clay banks and underwater rock piles.

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