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Haigh Quarry - Kankakee IL


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Deemed the "Caribbean of the Midwest." This quarry is set up just for divers (No boating or fishing allowed).

A few things to see include: Flamingo - a sunken houseboat / LARC-V - Lighter, Amphibious Resupply, Cargo Vehicle / old USMC dump truck / an original rock crusher / original rock drill / circa 50’s fire truck / a bread truck / Tricycle Graveyard / swim through tube / Artifact Park comprised of the Quake Zone, Akrotori Wreck, and Anchor Alley / and several other sunken treasures. Many are marked by buoys. Not especially great vis, (anywhere from 5-30ft but good for the Midwest) averaging around 15ft. Great spot for training b/c of the many underwater platforms, two floating docks, rinse station, onsite dive center, and an easy beach entry. Also has a "deep hole", which at 80’ is suitable for A.O.W. deep training dives. Tons of freshwater game fish; Blue Gill, and some big ones, too!

Update: As of 2015 the Food Hut is closed until new operators are willing to take it over. The main office has some minimal snacks available. Otherwise, there is plenty of eating along the main drag of Rt 50. Check out Oliver’s Bar & Grill at the Quality Inn & Suites.

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Red_Dog - 8/31/2018 6:22 AM
Rating Added: 4
Fun place to dive. Tina has a nice setup that has lots of picnic tables, full gear rental and air fills. Great atmosphere top side.

The diving is varied, half of the quarry is about 55 ft and the other half is around 25. It can be very cold on the deeper side so make sure you have a 7 mil and hood. There is also a deep hole that hits 80 ft but I rarely go because it’s too darn cold for me. Lots of interesting things to see underwater
aj1172 - 5/21/2018 12:24 PM
I went scuba diving here on 5/20/2018. Average viz: 5-10ft/2-3m. Water temp: 50-55°F/10-13°C.
PADI OW and Drysuit Certification
aj1172 - 5/20/2018 10:58 PM
Rating Added: 4
Certified OW and Drysuit AOW here.
scubakate - 8/19/2017 10:10 AM
Rating Added: 5
I love this place. It is my homey comfy dive spot where I got my open water and advanced open water certs - the blue gill are abundant, the bass are fun for a night dive, and the paddlefish are always something to look forward to - the facility is great and the people there are wonderful. The light is always changing in the quarry and you never know what to expect.
srsly_zombie - 7/29/2017 9:04 PM
Hello, My names Jennifer I am here looking for buddy to go to Haigh Quarry. You must be 100% positive in going. The trip for me would be about a 2hr drive. Please message me if you will be willing to tag along/meet up there. This would be my first time going to this location, I have heard wonderful things about this Quarry. I want to be able to check it out on my own. :)
Wed, August 2nd (2017)
JonWelsh - 3/24/2017 7:53 PM
I am looking for a dive buddy for the weekend of April 1st and 2nd (2017) is anyone diving at haigh quarry that weekend?! I am looking to log a few more dives before my Rescue and Dive Master Courses start next month. Please let me know if you are interested email:Jonathan.Welsh4@gmail.com phone:414-215-9770!!
DiveBuddyChgo - 12/11/2015 10:43 PM
Our video / equipment check out dive to dust off the winter blues this past April 2015. Enjoy
youtu.be/wg3LnNGy-tU
Scuba_KT - 9/10/2015 6:30 AM
I am looking for someone to dive Haigh with me sometime before the end of the season. I have been certified since 2010 and have logged a lot of dives at Haigh with my cousin but she is off to college now, so I am alone with no one to dive with. It has been a few years since I was able to dive due to a new job, relationship, baby, and wedding; so I need someone to go easy on me. I am thinking 9/20
bottom_feeder - 9/03/2015 3:14 PM
I went scuba diving here on 7/6/2015. Average viz: 5-10ft/2-3m. Water temp: 66-70°F/19-21°C.
bottom_feeder - 9/03/2015 3:11 PM
I went scuba diving here on 7/5/2015. Average viz: 5-10ft/2-3m. Water temp: 66-70°F/19-21°C.
dbeedle - 7/30/2015 6:49 AM
Rating Added: 4
Nice training facilities and a good place to get in a dive or two!
Divin4Fun - 5/27/2015 6:19 PM
looking for dive buddy for May 30 or 31st 2015. Just looking to to get in a couple of dives and try out some new gear before booking a Lake Michigan trip.

PM me if you interested whith which day works for you and your contact info.
Divin4Fun - 11/10/2014 8:33 AM
Looking for a Dive Site...
I have a student that needs to finish some of his rescue scenarios so he can start DM over the winter.
Since Haigh and Pearl are both closed I am looking for a location that we can use to finish class up. does not need to have anything fun to look at.

Any help would be appreciated.
Divin4Fun - 10/18/2014 8:42 AM
This Sunday the 19th at Haigh Quarry there is underwater pumpkin contest and many prizes.
STANL - 9/21/2014 8:21 AM
Anyone looking for a buddy today Sept 21 Sunday here.
Divin4Fun - 9/16/2014 8:15 PM
Looking for a buddy for sept 20th just found out my buddy has to work. Anyone want to dive
Divin4Fun - 9/16/2014 8:12 PM
Poking for a dive buddy for sept 20th ! Anyone want to dive?
Liammartin1978 - 9/10/2014 10:06 AM
gonna be back this weekend to dive the deeper parts
Divin4Fun - 9/19/2014 1:52 PM
Are you going down on the 20th? I’m looking to buddy up
Tim721 - 9/09/2014 1:45 PM
As of today’s date I’ve dove here 28 times. I’ve seen everything at least twice, not bad if you’re dying to blow bubbles and are on a budget.
Liammartin1978 - 9/08/2014 9:56 PM
dove here on 9/6/14. vis was 15-20 ft.

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