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Bonne Terre Mine

Explore the extraordinary wonders of the underwater world with our unparalleled adventure, the "Dive to the Center of the Earth." Immerse yourself in the captivating Bonne Terre Mine, a national historic site and the largest fresh water dive resort on the planet. With remarkable clarity boasting over 100-foot visibility, the water conditions at our dive site remain consistent throughout the year.

Prepare to be awestruck by the mammoth architecture that awaits you, as well as the guaranteed year-round diving conditions. From the majestic calcium falls and oar carts to the intricate scaffolding, grating, staircases, pillars, slurry pipes, and the renowned elevator shaft, each sight at Bonne Terre Mine is a testament to its uniqueness and beauty.

Unwind and indulge in the sheer relaxation of our full-service dive resort, nestled in the picturesque rolling foothills of the Ozark Mountains. Choose between elegant accommodations at the nearby 1909 Depot or a more laid-back atmosphere at the Divers Lodge, conveniently located at the Mine.

Our Billion Gallon Lake, brought to life by over 500,000 watts of illuminating light, beckons you to explore its depths. With twenty-four carefully crafted dive trails, divers are taken on an enchanting journey through colossal archways, past breathtaking calcium falls, around towering pillars, and amidst the remnants of the mining era. The average depth of our dive tours ranges from 40 to 60 feet.

Safety and guidance are our utmost priorities. Qualified dive guides, specially trained for groups of ten divers, accompany you throughout your underwater adventure. With our provision of Super 80 cubic ft. aluminum tanks for each diver, we ensure a seamless diving experience. To preserve the natural splendor of our illuminated surroundings, we kindly request that dive lights be refrained from using in the lake.

Indulge in the comfortable water temperature of 58°F, unaffected by external weather conditions, as you marvel at the spectacular lighting on the rock formations. Descend to 80 feet and witness the captivating sight of divers silhouetted against a vibrant rainbow. The entire Billion Gallon Lake is graced with man-carved pillars, while the walls and floor proudly display remnants of mining artifacts, presenting photographers with an exceptional opportunity.

Join us at Bonne Terre Mine, located on North Allen Street in The Lead Belt, Bonne Terre, St. Francois County, Missouri, United States, and embark on an extraordinary dive experience that will leave you in awe of the underwater wonders that await. Whether you are a beginner, an advanced diver, or an expert, our dive site welcomes enthusiasts of all levels to explore its magnificent depths.

Last updated: 8 mo. ago - Oct 4, 2023

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Overview of Bonne Terre Mine

Depth:17m
Visibility: 0m - 27m
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