Lake des PilesQuebec


Dive site characteristics

Types Shipwreck dive Structure dive Cliff dive Deep dive Night dive
Conditions Visibility more or less reduced Thermocline or cold water
Providers Parking Boat ramp Restaurant Swimming Picnic tables W.C. Bathroom
Planning Rescue in case of emergency Weather conditionsFerries scheduleRoad conditionsRoad maps

Diving notes

The picture on the left shows the ponton at the wharf. Please take note that you can load and unload your gear but you cannot park in front of the wharfs. The picture on the right shows the lake looking toward the entry point no. 4. on the diagram.

The temperature at the surface is at 55°F and 40°F under the thermocline which is at ~27’. The bottom is located at 272’.

The dives are done from a boat (except otherwise). You may dive with a local dive operators, please make a reservation. A 7.5mm thick neoprene wet suit is recommanded. A dry suit may be more suitable depending of your comfort habits.

If you dive with the local charter, you must fill and sign the disclaimer (in French only).

Entry points


Note: directions are accurate as possible. It is recommended to dive with somone knowing the dive site.

  Depth   Site  Characteristics
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125La PirogueAn old wood canote made with a tree trunk.
2?Pointe Ouest de l’ÎleAt the West side of the island. Rock formations and fishes.
330-40Sud de l’ÎleOld bottles and fishing material. Be carefull of the fishing lines.
4?Cloche & PédaloThere is a diving bell at 27′ deep.
550Haut fond de la Baie MartinA cliff with a plateau.
6?Falaise de la Baie MartinA small cliff with rocks where there is one which is hairy.
720-40L’ancien HotelThe remains of a pilar of a wharf of the former hotal that was located in the bay. Many ciment barrels can be also found as well as an old boat.
820-130La Falaise 7!UPA vertical cliff. At 45′ deep, there are air bubbles which come up to 20′.
920-160Ancre & bateau A yacht, a boat and an anchor. Toward North-West, there is a cliff with a stairs style at 160′ deep.

Driving directions


Don’t get into trouble, if you dive with the local charter, have your C-card. Otherwise have a cell phone and some emergency measures.

From highway 55 heading North, take exit 220 (Biermans/Vallée du Parc) and turn left toward Vallée du Parc. Once arrived at the level of the 50th street turn right. Take the 35th street while turning left. Follow the road over a distance of about 4,2km. Turn right toward Piles lake. You may continue (~800m) to the Prévost marina which will be on your left (large parking lot). Go down the slope, pay you parking place (restaurant owner) and drop your equipment near the ciment quay. Get back to the entrance road and park your vehicule over there (gravel parking lot).

Diver’s services

Providers Address Phone Services
L’escale du plongeur  1535 Lac des Erables,
St-Mathieu-du-Parc
819 377-8141 rentals, charter
Marina Prévost 561 Ch. Du Lac des Piles,
Shawinigan
819 533-2449 marina, parking, gaz
Station d’air   819 533-0150 air, nitrox, please call Mark Gravelle
Plage Baie Martin   819 538-4117 beach

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