Traverse City Attractions: Haserot Beach Dive

Traverse City Attractions: Up on land it's just a pile of junk; but underwater it's a dive attraction. Strange but true, says local dive master Jennifer Watkins, who recommends the junk pile off Old Mission village to newly certified divers looking for a cool exploration spot. Your scuba training payoff: an old car, random boat parts, even a fridge, all are submerged in 25 feet of water near the drop-off at Haserot Beach. It’s become an artificial reef of sorts, attracting smallmouth and rock bass. The pile appears to date back to the 1950’s. “Some teenagers tried to make their own party island and put a bunch of stuff out there,” Watkins says. The dive is about a 15-minute swim from the boat launch, and you’ll want another 20 minutes to explore. The junk pile is shallow enough for snorkeling, too. Or try snorkeling along the shoreline, scouting for Petoskey stones and colorful rocks. Check Scuba North for scuba and snorkel gear rentals and group dives throughout summer. 13380 S. West Bayshore Dr., Traverse City, 231.947.2520,

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