Keweenaw Underwater Preserve
|Keweenaw Underwater Preserve|
Location within the state of Michigan
|Location||Lake Superior, Keweenaw County, Houghton County, Michigan, USA|
|Nearest city||Houghton, Michigan|
|Area||103 square miles (270 km2)|
|Governing body||Michigan Department of Natural Resources|
The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, which oversees the Keweenaw Underwater Preserve, calls the point of Keweenaw Peninsula a "catcher's mitt" for storm-beset Lake freighters and other boats in the southern half of Lake Superior. Numerous wrecks, overseen as part of this preserve, can be seen here and are the object of recreational dives.
One of the most recent large boats on the Great Lakes to be a total loss, the former United States Coast Guard cutter Mesquite, grounded off Keweenaw in 1989 and is now a diveable wreck in this preserve.