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Lake Ore-Be-Gone - Gilbert MN

Lake Ore-Be-Gone is a shore accessible fresh water dive site, located in Gilbert, MN. This dive site has an average rating of 4.00 out of 5 from 2 scuba divers.

In Gilbert, 60 miles north of Duluth on the Iron Range of northern Minnesota, Lake Ore-Be-Gone is one of many mine pits now filled with water. Once rich with iron ore, the mine is now a recreation area. The lake holds old mining equipment reintroduced into the water by the new owner. Further additions are planned. Two training platforms also are in place. When the ice is safe enough, ice dive training begins, usually in December, and ends sometime in mid- to late April. Besides old mining equipment, the dive site has sheer walls to dive and poke around. To see the numerous creatures, a dive light is recommended. South of the mine is a new OHV Park where people can bring their ATVs or four-wheelers and enjoy the many trails set up for different levels of challenge. Depths to: 433 feet (131 m). The mining equipment rests in depths from 35 feet (11 m) to 70 feet (21 m). Visibility: Five to 50 feet (1.5 to 15 m) Water temperature: In the summer, 70 degrees Fahrenheit (21 degrees Celsius) above the thermocline and 42 F (5 C) below the thermocline, which is at about 30 feet (9 m). Aquatic life: Sunfish, bluegill, trout, pike, turtles, suckers, bass, and much more. Fees: There are no fees to dive in the old mines of the Iron Range. Bring plenty of air or your own compressor, as the nearest dive shop is located in Duluth, MN.

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The_Madganser - 6/24/2023 8:21 PM
Rating Added: 5
For being a mine pit, you won’t find your gear getting orange, much like the Cuyuna sites. Plenty of things to see here, and great for beginners to advanced.