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Dive Review of Bonne Terre Mine in
The Continental USA/Missouri

Bonne Terre Mine, Sep, 2007,

by Jack Gullo, MD, USA (Sr. Contributor Sr. Contributor 23 reports). Report 3642.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving South Pacific, Carribean, Atlantic Coast
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 58 to 0 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 100 to 150 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions All guided dives on pre-determined trails for safety
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 1 stars Tropical Fish 1 stars
Small Critters 1 stars Large Fish 1 stars
Large Pelagics 1 stars

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter N/A Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 4 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments A flooded lead mine. No current, super viz, water a constant 58 - so a 7 mm or drysuit is needed. The mine is cavern like, with the more experienced trails being more cave diving like. All of the mining equipment still underwater - trains, ore carts, rails, shovels, shacks, dynamite boxes, etc. Lighting is provided from surface to light the cavern so underwater gives a twilight type of viz.

The staff is super safe - briefings, planned trails, guide and safety diver with the group. Skill checks before the dives - air checks during the dive.

While it may appear to be cave diving - the beginning trails aren't and can be done by anyone with good bouyancy control. It is a unique experience. Take the boat and walking tour too!
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