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Current Local Dive Conditions

5/16/15 Fun Dive at Gilligan's Plunge

Here at MSD we do what we can for our divers, we went back to Gilligan's Plunge just because the visibility was favorable on Wednesday. The temperature from the surface to a depth of 20 ft was 50°. Down at 115 ft., the water temp was 40°. They had great visibility (40 ft) from the surface to 60 ft, below that, the visibility has gained about 10 ft since Wednesday. Below 60 ft the visibility is now 20 - 25 ft. 

Dive Master: Jeff Adams

Photo Credit: Jeff Adams

5/13/15 Fun Dive at Gilligan's Plunge

Cold and rainy weather doesn't stop MSD! The beauty of diving is that it's never rained out - divers get wet regardless. That is exactly what five fun divers did last night while Bill manned the grill topside. The divers split into two groups, and both eventually worked their way down to look at the Ford Ranger pick-up at 115 ft. The temperature from the surface to a depth of 20 ft was 50°. Down at 115 ft., the water temp was 39°.  They had great visibility (35 - 40 ft) from the surface to 60 ft, below that, the visibility dropped to 10 - 15 ft. 

Dive Master: Bill Lacroix
Photo Credit: Todd Matthies 

5/09/15 Fun Dive at Eagle Beach

Six divers enjoyed their sunny Saturday with an MSD Fun Dive. The surface temp was again in the low 50's. Some news that you would be glad to hear is that the thermocline is dropping! The thermocline is sitting at 15 - 20 feet. On another positive note, we had a visibility range of 25 ft. The Minnesota state bird made some appearances also today, they found us very interesting and kept coming back. 

Dive Master:Jill Herberg
Photo Credit: Todd Matthies 

5/5/15 Fun Dive at Seaward

Six people joined us for a great Tuesday fun dive. The temp at the surface was in the low 50's with the thermocline sitting at 10 feet. Below the thermocline the temp is in the low 40's. Let's talk visibility: From the surface to 40 ft you are looking at roughly 15 ft of visibility, below 40 ft down to 60 ft the visibility dropped to 5-10 ft, 60 ft and below we gained our 20 ft range of visibility. A few of the divers went and looked at the railroad tracks at a depth of 100 ft. Pictured is Tim Gack and Paula Persons getting ready for what they expect to be another tremendous dive in the Cuyuna Mine Pits.
Dive Master: Bill Lacroix
Photo Credit: Todd Matthies 

5/3/15 - Diving at Feigh

For many of our very active divers the Fun Dive wasn't enough, so they went diving on Sunday! Choosing a different location they were able to find a few more feet of visibility.  Surface temp. 53° Above 40' the visibility was 20' Diving into depth...down at 98' the water temp. was 36° The photo shown to the left was taken around the beaver dam on the north east corner, just a short swim from the new public access. 

Photo Credit: Tom Allinder

5/02/15 Fun Dive at Shangri-la

What magnificent weather we had to kick off the 2015 Fun Dive season! 15 divers took advantage of the weather and buddied up to go diving and savored the unforgettable fun dive food. Surface temp. 52° Visibility was right around the 10' mark. Down at 20' the water temp. was 45° 

"Brats were great" - Tom Allinder
Vickie Unger got to try out her new orange X-Shot fins (Pictured) - She was beyond pleased to say the least...don't believe me, ask her yourself!

A few people couldn't wait to get back in the water and completed a second dive.
Photo Credit: Todd Matthies

8/20/14 Fun Dive at Shangri-La - Alstead Mine

With the rain we got up at the Cuyuna Mine pits, it did knock down our visibility to 15 - 20 ft. None the less, that did not lessen the enjoyment of the 24 divers we had participating in. Vis should be back to normal with a couple days of dry weather. Only 16 Fun dives left for this season and that is including our underwater pumpkin carving contest!

8/06/14 Fun Dive at South Alstead

We've been having some great attendance on our recent Fun Dives, and rightly so - as the visibility has really improved. Visibility has been between 30 and 50 ft. from the surface down to the thermocline at 20 ft. From 20 to 60 feet of depth it has been 15 to 20 ft. Below 60 the vis has been as good as 50 feet. 

7/17/2014 Fun Dive at Eternal Bliss - Louise Mine

The weather couldn't get much better for the 14 divers who enjoyed a wonderful evening of diving. The thermocline was at 21ft with 20 - 40 ft of visibility. The visibility was absolutely incredible, especially at depth. Jill Herberg was the dive master in the water as Tim Gack tended the grill top-side! 

6/25/14 Fun Dive at Gilligan's Plunge - Huntington Mine

12 divers joined us for a fantastic dive at Gilligan's Plunge. The visibilty was at least 40 feet in the shallower water. The temps are in the 70's above the thermocline, which is still sitting at a relatively shallow 20 feet. A couple divers went to the Ford Ranger at 120 ft. and reported that the vis was good all the way down, except for a murkier band in the 30 to 40 ft. range.
5/10/14 Fun Dive at Seaward - Mahnomen II Mine
Jill Herberg, Paul Hatton, Doug Klein, Curtis Lahr and Todd Matthies
 enjoy some sunshine after a cold 100 ft deep dive on the tracks at Seaward
We have now had four fun dives and the conditions are starting to see improvement. May 1st and 3rd with dives at Seaward and Atlantis visibility was struggling to reach 10 feet and water at the surface was under 40. On our dive on the railroad tracks 100 feet down at Seaward on May 10th, surface water temps were up to 44 degrees and visibility (deeper than 30 feet anyways) is as much as 20 to 30 feet.
4/24/14 Cuyuna Mine Pits are opening up!
As of the morning of April 24 all of the pits have seen a dramatic loss of ice. What is left is very black and has for the most part moved away from the edges. I would have to assume by Sat. April 26th most pits will be ice free. It looks as though the never-ending winter may have ended and believe it or not, the ice is out two weeks earlier than last year. We will be having our first Fun Dive of the year on Thursday May 1st, which will be followed up by the second one on Saturday May 3rd. We are all very excited for the new dive season to begin!

5/22/13 Fun Dive at Gilligan's Plunge - Huntington Mine

Jeff Adams, Tim Gack, Josh Marcum and Todd Matthies were treated to "Duda Burgers" as MSD Dive Master Extraordinare Josh Duda hosted a Fun Dive to Gilligan's Plunge on May 22. Visibility and water temps are improving greatly. Vis was in the 20 to 30 foot range above 20 feet and below 40 feet. Water temps above the 10 foot deep thermocline are in the high 40's. At depth it's still a little nippy at 39 degrees. 

5/9/13 Fun Dive at Tree Hugger - Hopkins Mine

Bill Lacroix and Todd Matthies enjoyed an "invigorating" season opening fun dive on May 9th as the ice was still tinkling in the distance. The ice had just partially broken up and moved over. Visibility was poor as it takes a while for the particulate matter that was on the ice to settle out. 

Water Conditions as of April 5th 2013... cold and hard

A year ago we had to cancel the Ice Dive Class because there wasn't any ice left. This year we started the Ice Class but had to postpone it 4 weeks because of the heavy snow cover. Whether spring likes it or not we have our first Fun Dive scheduled for Wednesday May 1st and we will be diving - even if we have to do it in a puddle.




Visibility is back to where it should be!

We haven't updated the conditions lately, but I am happy to report that good visibility has returned. Over the last few weeks worth of Fun Dives visibility in Hopkins, Mangan and Huntington has greatly improved. In the shallow depths (surface to 25 ft) the vis has been ranging between 30 to 50 feet. Between 25 and 40 ft.  vis drops to 10 to 15 ft., below 40ft it improves back into the 30 to 40 foot range.


Water temps:    Surface to 25 ft. - Mid 70's

                           25 to 60 - Low 50"

                           60 + Upper 30's


Take advantage of the improved vis and come along on one of our fun dives. Remember that in September the week night fun dives leave MSD - Brainerd at 5:00 PM sharp because of the shortened day-light hours. Saturday fun dives leave at 11:30 AM as always, and will run through October finishing up with our U/W Pumpkin Carving Fun Dive on Oct. 27th. September and October diving is a great time to dive the Cuyuna Mine Pits. The visibility is at it's annual best and the water temps remain quite comfortable well into October.

07/03/12 Fun Dive at WOMBAD Point - Alstead 2 Mine

The heavy rains are still making vis a bit less than desired. But with a relatively rain-free forcast for 7/7-14/12 we are hopeful that conditions will improve. Visibility over the Forth of July week was 15-20 from the surface down to the thermocline at 20 ft., then the vis dropped to 10-15 feet from 20 to 40 feet of depth. Visibility below 40 feet is good at 40 to 50 feet but it is obviously quite cold (Todd had a reading of 42 degrees at 65 ft on 7/5/12's dive at Huntington Access).

06/20/12 Fun Dive at Diamond Cove - Hopkins Mine

The recent rain has caused some issues with visibility in the shallow waters. At depths below the thermocline (20 ft.) the visibility improves somewhat. Water temps down to 20 feet are in the upper 60's to low 70's. Diamond cove had only about 5-10 feet of vis shallow but improved to 20-30 feet below 40 feet of depth.

05/17/12 Fun Dive at Arco

Divers reported 5 to 10 feet of visibility below 25 feet, while above that depth it was 25 to 30. They said that the water was warming up but didn't say what temp.

05/09/12 Fun Dive at South Alstead

We had a good group out for a beautiful evening dive on S. Alstead. Todd and Darlene followed the submerged roadway to the east and were rewarded with 30+ feet of visibility and good fish life (big bass and a couple northerns). Mark Cross and Jeff Adams checked out the bay to the west, and said it was pretty much void of fish life and vis was 10 - 15 feet. Water temp at surface was 56 and at 50 ft. it was 42.

05/05/12 Fun Dive at Shangri-La on Alstead MIne

Visibility was 15 feet. Water temp 50 at the surface and 46 at 30 feet. 8 fish were seen, or one was seen 8 times.

5/01/12 Fun Dive at Gilligan's Plunge on Huntington Mine 

Visibilty ranged from 20 to 30 feet. Water temps were 47 at the surface and 41 at 75 feet. Road conditions are excellent with the recent improvements. The last 50 yards into the site has been improved also, but there still are some bumps and a pretty steep incline.