Bonne Terre Mine
Start Date: August 19, 2021
End Date: August 23, 2021
Arrive on August 19th and make three dives on the 20th and 21st, two dives on the 22nd, and a cave tour on the 23rd
$1149.00 per person plus airfare.
Dive to the “Center of the Earth” with Dolphin Scuba Center in Bonne Terre Mine! Bonne Terre Mine, a designated historic site, is the world’s largest freshwater dive resort. Explore underwater sights including mammoth architecture, towering pillars, calcium falls, historic oar carts, scaffolding, grating, staircases, slurry pipes, the famed Bonne Terre Elevator Shaft, and so much more! Bonne Terre Mine is without a doubt one of the most unusual, beautiful, and relaxing full-service dive sites anywhere. Located in the rolling foothills of the Ozark mountains, your historic, beautiful hotel accommodations are located at the nearby 1909 Depot Bed & Breakfast, only a few short minutes' drive from the mine.
Inside the Billion Gallon Lake, a total of twenty-four dive trails are illuminated by over 500,000 watts of lighting. Dive lights are not permitted in the lake, because they detract from the natural beauty of the illuminated surroundings. The lighting on the rock formations is spectacular. One can descend to 80 feet and look up to see divers silhouetted against a rainbow. Man-made pillars grace the entire Billion Gallon Lake. The 200-foot solid-rock pillar rising from depths and mining artifacts on the walls and floor make for spectacular underwater photography.
The Bonne Terre Mine is located one hour south of St. Louis in the town of Bonne Terre, Missouri. Diving is conducted in groups of up to 8 divers with the dive guide leading the dive and a safety diver bringing up the rear. The average length of the dive is 35 to 45 minutes and the average depth 40 to 60 feet and the visibility is always 100 feet plus! The Billion Gallon Lake is 60°F and not affected by outside temperatures, so no thermoclines. A 7mm wetsuit and a hood are necessary to dive the mine and only an Open water certification is required to dive the mine. We are going to include a walking tour on Monday and the SSI Bonne Terre Cave Dive recognition. This is a chance of a lifetime! Any questions contact: Steve Gilmore at (916) 929-8188 firstname.lastname@example.org.