Maplewood Lake, Jenison, Mi

 I just got my new prescription mask yesterday, and we are heading up to the straits for the weekend to do some wreck diving. I wanted to check out the mask before we went, and we happened to be in the Jenison area, so I thought, hey, lets check out Maplewood lake!  Growing up, it was the place to swim. Not any more.  I know they have been having problems with E. coli and what not, but man, they have let that place go.

So here is a quick summary of our dive:  We got in, waist high, (where the beach used to be, now all weeds) put our fins on, I donned my new mask, stuck my face in the water and couldn’t even see my hand, or my dive computer, or the light 6 inches in front of my face.  Zero visibility.

What we learned: Not to dive Maplewood Lake.

At least I was able to tell that my mask doesn’t leak.

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07/19/2008 Lake 16

Lake 16   MI DNR LAKE SIXTEEN MAP

Location:Allegan County, Michigan Between Martin and Shelbyville.

Maximum Depth: 87 ft

Visibility: When we were there, NONE, oh ok, maybe 6″-12″, yes, that’s inches!

Directions: 131 South from Grand Rapids, Exit at Shelbyville, head east to 10th Street (first 4 way stop) take 10th Street south (turn right), until you see the three big silos on the left hand side (this is the corner of 222). Take 222 east (turn right) about 2 miles, until you see the lake on the south (right) side of the road, slow down as the driveway is hidden.

Location Description: Like said in the Directions, the drive is small and hidden. It’s just a small boat launch, no dock, just a cement drop. Limited parking and single handicapped accessable out house, that is large enough to change in. The boat launch isn’t very wide, looks mostly used for small fishing boats. No swimming area near here.

Out of Water Conditions: Saturday was one of those crappy, hot, humid, cloudy, raining off and on Michigan days. I believe the temperature was in the mid 80’s. When we got to the lake, it was sprinkling.

Our Experience: We were told that many diving classes train here, so of course, we were all for it. Now, we are still not sure what exactly contributes to underwater visibility, but I’m sure the rain was stirring up the lake.  We got suited up, headed in, and got to where it was deep enough to descend.  Brian (my husband) and I were about a foot away from eachother, and when we both went under, we couldn’t see eachother.  We played at the surface, trying to see if there might be at least a clear spot, but nothing.  We left very disappointed.

Sorry, no pictures taken, not even of the site.

NO DIVE COMPLETED 

TO SEE THE BLOG ABOUT THE COMPLETED LAKE 16 DIVES CLICK HERE

According to Adventures in Diving’s website Lake 16 is described in a note as such:

Many local dive shops go here for classes – weekends can be crowded. There is a dive platform and a lot to see on the bottom of the lake. Visibility varies from a few inches to a few dozen feet. Outhouse available for changing or other “duties.” No picnic tables.”

I guess we just picked a bad day!  Brian is going back this Saturday, July 26, 2008 for an Advanced Divers course. I’m not sure if I’m going or not, depends on the babysitter situation.  But I will definantly post an update about Lake 16 afterwards!

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