Rockport wall & wreck, Ontario
Dive site characteristics
The entry point is located on the Boathouse Country Inn which is private property. You should ask permission. It is possible that they refuse. Usually, the dive can be done if for example, you take a night stay. During summer, there is too much boat traffic at the wharf. It is mostly preferable to go during off season (automn or spring).
The picture on the left shows the restaurant with the boat ramp at its right. The picture on the right shows the passage way leading to the wharf of the Boathouse Inn (on the right side).
Looking toward the river, the Boathouse Inn is located just to the right of the boat ramp. It is mandatatory to ask permission at the front desk. It is mostly recommended to leave your vehicule into the large parking lot of Rockport.
From the wharf, the dive starts with a surface swim toward West up to the rocky formation within the same axis as the wharf. At this place, the schooner can be found at a depth of 65’. While following the rocky formation toward West, the wall will be found. Depth can reach 100’.
You can make the circuit from point 2 to 1 or vice versa. It is at point 2 that you will find the wreck of a schooner Sophia(?) and the old wharf. The wall is located toward point 1. The depth may reach a 100’.
Note: directions are accurate as possible, it is recommended to dive with someone you knows the site.
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|1||90′||Wall & Sophia (?)||Off the town of Rockport near the restaurant’s dock (please ask permission). Popular site for advanced diving.|
|2||100′||King Horn||Follow the line. The visibility may changes during season as well as current. There are sometime strong winds which may make the entry difficult and even force you to cancel the dive.|
|3||25′||Clara White||Off the north side of Bloomfield Island, South end of Grenadier Island. Two-masted schooner.|
From highway 401, watch and take exit 661 direction South. Follow the directions for Rockport.
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If you dive on an american wreck located on US territory coming from Canada by boat, you must first pass by the US customs located on Heart Island. Also, if you dive on wrecks located on Canadian territory coming from USA, you must pass by the Canadian Customs located at Rockport. On your return way, you must pass by the customs of the departure country. For more details consult the rules.
The picture on the left shows the US custom. The picture on the right shows the Canadian custom.
You may park your vehicule at one of the parkings, you must pay at the Rockport Dive Centre or at the municipal booth.
|Rockport, ON||613 659-3473||Customs from May 1st to OCt. 31 7days/wk
Operators of private vessels should must report on arrival to. Passengers must stay on board during the procedures.
|Alexandria Bay, NY 13640||315 482-5539||Customs operates from May 1st to OCt. 31 7days/wk
Operators of private vessels should must report arrival to: 800 827-2851. Passengers may get off during the procedures, but must stay on the wharf.
|Rockport Dive Centre||31, Front Street,
|613 659-3471||air, rentals, charter, sales, repairs|