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Niagara Drift Dives

Discussion in 'Lake Effect Divers' started by EAN, Apr 14, 2011.

  1. EAN

    EAN Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: United States
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    Is there a shop in Buffalo that sets up drift dives in July? I will be in the area this year, so I'm thinking about getting a few dives in.
     
  2. Hashime

    Hashime Manta Ray

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Southern Ontario
    500
    56
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    Drift dives in Niagara? That sounds cool.
    Where is the entry point, what is there to see?
     
  3. EAN

    EAN Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: United States
    126
    3
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    I don't have all the details. I stopped at a handful of shops in Buffalo, and one of them regularly scheduled drift dives there for a very low cost. I wish I could remember which one. I'll get the address I stayed at for a week and search google maps until I find a few possibilities.

    I will not be far from Buffalo July 17th through 24th.
     
  4. rhwestfall

    rhwestfall Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: "La Grande Ile"
    12,122
    10,748
    113
    DiP & Dive, and there is also a shop in Niagara Falls (forget the name).

    As to entry - some actually do it form a boat, but we have shore access via the boat ramps in Tonawanda (Isle View), and exit at Gratwick Park. Used to do night drifts to see huge muskie.

    As to the "sights" - east river is a "junk dive" - bottles, and whatever gets tossed into the river (have found fishing poles, guns, etc.). Almost got hit by a tumbling couch one time. On another dive, my buddy almost ended up stuck in a barrel. The bass are big and friendly. They love it if you drag your find (kicks up crayfish). Down by the "Little Island" there is a bunch of onle steel wheel axle sets from the days when there was one of the world's largest sawmills (ship building for commerce on the Great Lakes).

    West river has an interesting section where they had trenched to install a crude oil line frome Canada. You can drop in the trench and in the slack water, watch the world go by.

    Ask other questions if you have them....
     
  5. rhwestfall

    rhwestfall Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: "La Grande Ile"
    12,122
    10,748
    113
    I'll post the shops later...
     
  6. rhwestfall

    rhwestfall Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: "La Grande Ile"
    12,122
    10,748
    113
  7. EAN

    EAN Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: United States
    126
    3
    0
    Thanks. I ended up going to the shop in Niagara as well. A very friendly shop that was more than happy to answer questions. I believe I went to most shops in the area. Trouble is my mind isn't great at remembering names, so thanks for the shop name. That may be the one I was thinking of.
     
  8. EAN

    EAN Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: United States
    126
    3
    0
    Sounds good. You wouldn't happen to know the hours of these shops would you?

    Thanks.
     
  9. rhwestfall

    rhwestfall Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: "La Grande Ile"
    12,122
    10,748
    113
    D'nD:

    M, 10-8
    Tu, 10-6
    We, 10-8
    Th, 10-6
    Fr, 10-6
    Sa, 10-5
    su - closed

    not sure on the other, e-mail them.....
     
  10. EAN

    EAN Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: United States
    126
    3
    0
    Thanks. I appreciate it. Do you dive a thick wetsuit or dry in the river?
     

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