Superior Trips 2020 Season Schedule
                                                                                                     Updated 2/3/2020

The 2020 calendar is the tentative schedule for the season.  I have retired from running scuba charters and Isle Royale Trips.  I am four years into a five year voyage to circum-navigate the Great Lakes.  In 2016 we circum-navigated Lake Superior and in 2017 we cruised across Lake Superior and zig-zagged through Lake Huron and crossed half way across Lake Erie.  In 2018 we made a loop starting at Fairport Harbor, OH through Lake Erie, Lake Ontario, up the St. Lawrence 30 miles then through the Trent Seaverns Waterway to Georgian Bay then back down Lake Huron west shore and back to Fairport Harbor.  In 2019 we again looped through Lake Erie, Lake Ontario then directly to the Trent Seaverns to Lake Huron.  We crossed Georgian Bay and North Channel then looped around Lake Michigan only missing the northwest corner then directly back to Fairport Harbor via Lake Huron's west shore.  The boat again wintered in Fairport Harbor, Ohio.

In 2020 we will be on all five Great Lakes.  We will cross Lake Erie, go through the Welland Canal, spend two and a half weeks on the Hamilton & Scourge Monitoring Project then back through the Welland Canal and across Lake Erie into Lake Huron. We will dive in southern Lake Huron then likely cruise the east shore of Huron to Georgian Bay.  We will then go through the North Channel to the Straits, dive a few days in the Straits then down the west shore of Lake Michigan as far as Port Washington for some shipwreck hunting.  Our route will then go north and cross to Lake Michigan east shore for some diving near Beaver Island.  From Michigan's east shore we will start the treck back to Lake Superior's North Shore with a stop in Whitefish Bay and maybe some shipwreck hunting mid-lake before the final run home.  We will spend our time doing what we all love doing diving, fishing, sight-seeing, and shipwreck hunting along the way.   All trips listed are "split expenses" and typically cost around $350 per week.  You may sign up for them by emailing me at info@superiortrips.com or calling evenings at my phone listed on the home page.  On some of the longer trips you can go for part of the trip if we can work out the ride logistics. Right now the plan is rough and I am looking for input on what you want to do on each week of the trip.  All "split expenses weekends" are subject to change and reserving a spot does not require a deposit and should in no way be construed as a charter reservation commitment.  The list of people signed up for each week is at the bottom of the page.

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October 2020

 

Tentative Circum-Navigation Plans 
Trip Descriptions 
Split Expenses Trips Planned for 2020.               

Cruise to St Catharines (May 18 - May22) -  This will be a four-day trip.  We will leave Fairport Harbor on good weather, cruise via the search area of the Marquette & Bessemer II  to Erie PA.  On a good weather day we will cross to Port Colborne go through the Welland Canal to St. Catharines. (Back to Calendar)
Current Roster

    Ken M.
Wait List    

 

Hamilton Scourge Project (May 23 - June 8) -  This will be a two and a half week ROV and dive monitoring project by invitation only and roster is already set. (Back to Calendar)
Current Roster

Roster set.  Ken M.

 

Cruise from St. Catharines to Port Huron Bay (June 10 - June 25) -  This will be a two week trip starting at St Catharines, Ontario going through the Welland crossing the Lake Erie searching for the Marquette and Bessemer and dives on the way.  We will then cruise up the Detroit and St. Clair Rivers to Port Huron. Since we will be stopping each night at a marina, you can get on or off for any part of the trip.  We generally can work out the car logistics. Back to Calendar)
Current Roster

    Ken M.
Wait List    

 

Dive Sanilac Shores up to Thumb (June 26-June 30) -    This will be a four day rec and light tech diving trip to dive the shipwrecks around Sanilac Shores and the Thumb. You are welcome to continue on the cruise up the east shore of Lake Huron to Georgian Bay. (Back to Calendar)
Current Roster

Andrew Merryman
    Ken M.
Wait List    


Dive New Wrecks in Georgian Bay (July 6-July 11) -    This will be a five day tech diving trip to dive the new shipwrecks we found in the last two years -- the Manasoo, J. H. Jones and hopefull the Jane Miller.  Since we will likely be returning to the marina for most nights you can come for all or part of this trip.  (Back to Calendar)
Current Roster

Andrew Merryman
    Ken M.
Wait List    

 Shipwrech hunt for Asia with stops at Byng Inlet and then Little Current (July 12-July 18) -   This will be a week of shipwreck hunting when weather permits and sight-seeing on the remote Georgian Bay north shore.  It will start at Wiarton and end at Little Current.  Of course this search is dependent on being granted a search license. (Back to Calendar)
Current Roster

 
    Ken M.
Wait List    

 Cruise the North Channel, Dive North Wind & Russia then to the Straits (July 19-July 24) -   This will be cruising diving the North Wind (150 ft) and intact steel "Emperor" like freighter and the Russia (210 ft depth), a famous steamer that sank near Pt Detour along with others along the way.  It will start at Little Current and end in Cheboygan, Michigan. (Back to Calendar)
Current Roster

     
    Ken M.
Wait List     

 Cruise from Cheboygan through the Straits to Manisique (July 25-July 31) -   This will be cruising and mostly shipwreck hunting for the Griffon and Plymouth, with a break for a dive along the way.  It will start at Cheboygan, Michigan and end in Manitique with a stop at Beaver Island. (Back to Calendar)
Current Roster

 
    Ken M.
Wait List     

Manistique to  Port Washington with S/W Hunting (Aug 1 - Aug 7) -   Either we or I will run the boat from Manistique to Port Washington then we will shipwreck hunt for the Pere Marquette ending in Sheboygan.  You can join at Port Washington or Manistique or possibly Sheboygan.  (Back to Calendar)
Current Roster

Jerry Eliason
    Ken M.
Wait List    


Sheboygan to Frankfort Dive Westmoreland (Aug 12-Aug 18) - I or we will cruise the boat from Sheboygan to Frankfort for a couple dives on the Westmoreland then possibly dive on a couple other new wrecks in the Beaver Island area.  We will need to cross the lake so depending on weather we may opt for a dive on the west shore at the start. This will be all tech diving trip.  Since we will likely be returning to the marina for most nights you can come for all or part of this trip.  The trip will probably end in Charlevoix (Back to Calendar)
Current Roster

    Ken M.
Wait List    


Charlevoix to Cheboygan with Straits dives (Aug 19-Aug 23) - We will cruise the boat from Charlevoix to the Staits diving a  few days in the Straits.  Since we will likely be returning to the marina for most nights you can come for all or part of this trip.  We will end up in Cheboygan Michigan. (Back to Calendar)
Current Roster

    Ken M.
Wait List    

After Break Cruise and Dive form Cheboygan to Whitefish Bay (Aug 30-Sept 5) -  We will cruise through the Detour Passage and St. Mary's River then through the Soo Locks back to Lake Superior diving in Whitefish Bay for four days. I would like to shoot photogrammetry video of the engine room interior and outside of the Mather so we will spend a couple days on it along with other light tech or deep air dives. (Back to Calendar)
Current Roster

    Ken M.
Wait List    

Whitefish Bay to Grand Marias then Big Bay(Aug 4 - Aug 7) -  We head along the south shore of Lake Superior diving wrecks of Parker and Nelson along the way ending up at Big Bay or Marquette. This would be tec diving on two wrecks only a few divers have dived.  This is a comfortable trip for three to four people on the boat. It will be September so we will likely have a couple days of weather to wait out on shore.  (Back to Calendar)
Current Roster

Steve
    Ken M.
Wait List    

One Week Shipwreck Hunting (Sept 13 - Sept 19) -  Shipweck Hunting for Iosco then cruise to Ontonagon. (Back to Calendar)
Current Roster

    Ken M.
Wait List    

Cruise from Ontonagon to Apostles -  We will be cruising and diving the wrecks of the Apostles likely Marquette .  This is a comfortable trip for four or five people on the boat.  It will probably be tec and/or recreational diving .  Alternately we could hunt for a shipwreck depending who signs up for what. (Back to Calendar)
Current Roster

    Ken M.
Wait List    

Cruise back to Knife River (Sep 27- Oct 1) - -  No firm plan when we get a good weather day or two.  (Back to Calendar)
Current Roster

    Ken M.
Wait List