Lake ChamplainVermont

Dive site characteristics

Types Shipwreck dive Deep dive Fauna 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

You must pay a fee applicable for each protected dive site. For the OJ Walker, you will have to pay an additional fee and have a time reservation. Please register at the dive shop prior to dive. Bring your C-card with you.

According to your dive plan, park your vehicule near the dive site. You might have to use the services of a local dive operator. You must obtain a dive permit for each wreck you are planning to dive on. Each wreck can be located by a yellow buoy marked "Underwater Historic Preserve". Dive penetration is forbidden.

Entry points

Note: directions are accurate as possible, it is recommended to go with someone who knows the site. Use a bathymetric map if you dive on the site without a tour dive operator.

  Depth   Site  Characteristics
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160-110′Phoenix located northern face of Colchester Shoal reef
250′Burlington Bay Horse Fragile shipwreck. Approximately 2/3 of the way northwest from the north end of the Burlington breakwater to Lone Rock Point.
365′O.J Walker DIVING PERMIT REQUIRED. Penetration forbidden. Approximately 3/4 of a mile west of the north end of the Burlington breakwater. Between the Horse ferry and General Butler.
440′General Butler located 300′ north of the City of Burlington’s waste water discharge pipeline
565-80′A.R. Noyes Coal Barge Coal barge. Fragile shipwreck. Located north of the Coast Guard’s navigational buoy on Proctor Shoal
612-25′Diamond Island Stone Boat Immediately off the southeast side of Diamond Island
715-35′Champlain II Located near New York shore between Barn Rock and Rock Harbor, north of Westport, NY, and across from Basin Harbor, VT. The shoreline is private. Please do not land there.
890′Water WitchInformations to come.

Driving directions

From Montreal, take highway 10 heading South toward Sherbrooke. Take exit for the highway 35 toward St-Jean-sur-Richelieu. Take the exit and follow road 133 leading to Henryville and then up to Pike-River. Turn right toward the Phillipsburg US customs. You will have to go throught it. It is recommended but not mandatory to registrer your equipment with the Canadian custom officer before crossing the border. This way while coming back you may have less trouble since your equipment will appear on the registration slip you will have. To the American border officer you will have to answer any question he might ask about your journey, any citizenship and any other informations might be requested. Once you’re done, follow the road 89 toward Burlington.

Alternative road from Plattsburg, NY

If you came by Plattsburg (where there are other dive sites; see the road directions about the dive sites located in the state of New-York ), there are 2 possibilities.

You may take the ferry boat toward Grand Isle. From there follow the road 2 up to highway 89. Go South until you reach Burlington. Take then exit 14 or 13.

Another way, is to go South on highway 87 toward Keeseville (take exit 35 or 34). You have to go to Port Kent. From there take the ferry boat toward Burlington.

Consult the tariffs and schedule for the ferries.

Diver’s services

Providers Address Phone Services
Waterfront Diving Center  214 Battery St, Burlington 802 865-2771 air, rentals, formation, repairs
Victory Sports  165 Heineberg Drive, Colchester 802 862-0963 air, rentals, repairs, charters, formation
The Scuba Center 53 Parah Dr, St Albans 802 527-1111  
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Maritime Museum
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