This unique adventure can be your "Dive to the Center of the Earth." Join Steve Gilmore as he explorers the Bonne Terre
Mine, a national historic site at one the world's largest freshwater dive resorts.
This unique adventure can be your "Dive to the Center of the Earth." Bonne Terre Mine, a national historic site, is the world's largest freshwater dive resort. Water conditions remain constant with over 100 foot visibility. Sights include: mammoth architecture, calcium falls, oar carts, scaffolding, grating, staircases, pillars, slurry pipes, the famed elevator shaft, and much much more. Bonne Terre Mine is without a doubt one of the most unusual, beautiful, and relaxing full service dive resorts anywhere. Located in the rolling foothills of the Ozark mountains, your elegant accommodations are located at the nearby 1909 Depot, 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. Super 80 cubic ft. aluminum tanks are provided for each diver. Dive lights are not permitted in the lake, because they detract from the natural beauty of the illuminated surroundings. Lighting on the rock formations is spectacular. One can descend to 80 feet and look up to see divers silhouetted against a rainbow. Man carved 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.
We are going to arrive on November 13th and make 3 dives on the 14th and two dives on the 15th. This tip will include Lodging at the Bonne Terre Depot Bed & Breakfast with accommodations such as Coffee, Rolls, Juice, TV, and Internet. The Bonne Terre mine is located one hour south of St. Louis in the town of Bonne Terre Missouri. The Bonne
Diving is conducted in groups 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 with the water temperature is 60° with no thermo-clines the visibility is always 100 feet plus. There Billion Gallon Lake is 58°F and not affected by outside temperatures, there are no thermo-clines. Air temperature is 62°F year round. A 7 mm wetsuit and a hood are necessary to dive the mine and only an Open water certification is all that is necessary to dive the mine. A typical dive scenario would be a 9 o'clock a 1 o'clock and 4 o'clock dive on Saturday and a fourth, and fifth dive on Sunday. We are going to include the SSI Bonne Terre Cave Dive recognition. This is a chance of a life time.