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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 Snail Shell Harborshould 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.

Depths to: 30 feet (9 m).
Visibility: Ranges from 5 to 30 feet (1.5 to 9 m), depending on the day.
Water temperature: A dry suit is usually necessary except during the latter parts of the summer.
Aquatic life: Includes crayfish, rock bass, smallmouth bass, perch.
Fees: $50.

On-site amenities: Fayette State Park includes a visitor center, campsites, picnic shelters, five miles of trails, and boat launches.

More info: Call the park at (906) 644-2603 or visit http://www.michigandnr.com. Open: For diving, daily 7-10 a.m. and 7-10 p.m., weather permitting. Getting there: From Hiawatha National Forest, drive south on Michigan Highway 183 to the park entrance.