Detroit River Area

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Overview

The Detroit river is technically a Strait connecting Lake St. Clair and Lake Erie. At its narrowest near Windsor the river is walled in by two cities and full of boating traffic.

At its widest near Amherstburg, the river is littered with both natural and artificial Islands.

Diving is common in both areas. Each area has a tiny wreck or two to visit, generally they are scrounge dives.

Contact a local dive shop or club for more information.

Crystal Bay Dive Site

This area off of Amherstburg offers the highest visibility and lowest current anywhere in the river. It is a favourite area for locals. However very large vessels use the two shipping channels and Crystal Bay can fill with hundreds of pleasure craft in the summer.

The narrow offshoot called Hidden Lake has a narrow entrance that only the smallest craft can get into. However Jet-skiers love the spot and can make diving dangerous even here.

Crystal Bay does not offer any spectacular diving, but there is a submerged 'habitat' at the end of hidden lake that divers can poke into. The very end of hidden lake usually has a vegetation dam that attracts a great deal of fish and wildlife if you are interested in such things. It is a very small and sensitive patch, so take care if you visit it.

Any one of the marinas or parks in Amherstburg can give you a view of both Boblo Island and Crystal Bay.

The area of the south tip of Boblo is also used by divers. Stay away from the shipping channel side of the point, and beware of pleasure craft.




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