Divers4Divers The Mine at Bonne Terre
Feb 28, 2021
The Mine at Bonne Terre
Divers4Divers and Outer Reef Scuba are kicking off the 2021 Dive Season with a trip to the Mine! First made popular in the 1980s when famed marine explorer Jacques-Yves Cousteau filmed a feature on the mines, Bonne Terre Mine has become a Bucket List for divers from around the world.
National Geographic Adventure named the diving at Bonne Terre Mine in Missouri one of the top 10 adventures in America, and it’s easy to see why.
Back in the day, the mine’s deepest reaches were not underwater. A massive pump system stemmed the flow of encroaching groundwater as the miners pushed ever deeper. But when this, the world’s largest lead mine, was all mined out, the pumps were turned off and the water trickled in to fill the void. It now boasts a BILLION Gallons of Water!!!
The dive deck hovers on the water’s surface, 150 feet from terra firma. Underwater pillars, shafts, archways, walls, and ceilings stretch for miles in all directions, a sprawling maze beneath the town. Artifacts like shovels, drills, ladders, and ore carts lay everywhere.
The lure of Bonne Terre Mine has been dubbed “deep earth diving,” a seemingly endless under-ground world, frozen in time.
Join us in Kicking off the 2021 Dive Season!!