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

Bonne Terre Mine, Jul, 2004,

by David Schwab, AE, USA . Report 1175.

No photos available at this time

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

Accommodations 3 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 3 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments Easy dive, but challenging due to conditions. This was an active mine some 350 feet below ground, until they turned off the pumps. Crystal clear water; no fishies or anything else swimming around--just divers. Some areas have overhead lighting; this could be a night dive at noon if you turned off the lights. Cold water, constant 58 degrees Fahrenheit . . . dry suit or 7mm, with gloves and hood (rentals available). Unlike reef diving, divers were allowed--encouraged--to touch things in the water (tools, rocks, ore carts, etc). No muck or silt to stir up. Divers must dive the trails in order (i.e., 1 through 24); your logbook verifies what you have done. I dived trails 1 and 2; other trails promise to be much more interesting. A bit expensive at $65/dive with a 2 dive minimum. Weekends only; popular winter dive site. Guided tours of 10 - 15 divers + guide + safety diver. DiveMaster James M. was a first class guide; very professional. Go to for more.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Red Sea, Norway, Med, UK, Thailand, Europe, Bahamas, Keys
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm, noCurrents
Water Temp 58-58°F / 14-14°C Wetsuit Thickness 7
Water Visibility 100-130 Ft/ 30-40 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions Guided tours only; no cameras on trail #1; divers may not carry personal lights; dive trails in order 1-24; must sign up for 2 dives minimum. Depth about 45 feet. DM checks basic skills for those diving the mine for the first time.
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 Cameras welcome for trails 2 - 24, just not on trail #1. The DM explained that he prefered divers pay attention to the site and procedures rather than fumbling with a camera. No specific facilities for UWP.
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