Snail Shell Harbor, Michigan
Snail Shell Harbor is a modest dive site in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Part of Fayette Historic State Park, the harbor is suitable for novice divers, with a depth of about 30 feet (9 m), but those gearing up at the site should note the times to which diving is restricted: 7-10 a.m. and 7-10 p.m. daily, weather permitting. The fee to dive is also a bit steep at $50 per head, with a limit of six divers. A use permit required to dive is available at the park entrance. Period artifacts can be found in the harbor depths but removing them is prohibited. Fayette, Michigan, was once one of the most productive iron-smelting operations in the Upper Peninsula. Huge furnaces, an extensive dock and several kilns operated in the area, all to produce pig iron, a type of crude iron shaped like a block.