Today you can enjoy some pretty clear water in the spring, with visibility in spring and fall around 40 feet. Once it gets warmer in the summer however, the algae start to take over and limit your view to about 10 feet. Go for an even denser, darker experience in the quarry's two deeper portions of 60 and 80 feet; just make sure you know what you’re doing beforehand.
If you’d rather see the park’s offerings at more reasonable depths, you’ll have no problem swimming among the quarry’s rock crusher, also left behind when the area was abandoned. There’s even a fairly intact VW Beetle to check outjust please don’t honk the horn. If you do, you'll scare the striped bass, turtles, and catfish that call the lake home.
The park is open 365 days a year, so if you’re bold enough, you’re welcome to test out the new scuba regulator that you got for Christmas. Divers will pay $15 per day to use the 50-acre lake, which apparently is the largest lake of its kind on the east coast. To get a feel for the quarry beforehand, Reef and Ridge Sports will be happy to help you obtain your open water certification for only $139.
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·Fantasy Lake Scuba Park [Official Site]
·Forget Chicago's Magnificent Mile And Dive Into Lake Michigan [Jaunted]
·SCUBA coverage [Jaunted]
[Photo: Fantasy Lake Scuba Park]