Aquatic Adventures Dive Blog - Higgins Lake Trip Report-August 2009
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Higgins Lake Trip Report-August 2009 
Monday, August 10, 2009, 07:27 PM
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The 2nd Annual Higgins Lake trip was this past weekend August 8-9. There was a much smaller group than what we had a year ago but we all had a fun time. The only bad part of the weekend was the lousy weather we had. Everyone had arrived at the KOA campground Friday evening and we planned to dive Saturday morning. Unfortunately Mother Nature had other plans as we were hit with heavy rains and cool temperatures. We decided to call the dives early on Saturday. We cancelled the boat rental until Sunday and hoped the weather would improve. Jim T went back to his cabin in Tustin and some of us decided to go over to Traverse City for shopping and sight-seeing.
Kevin R and Dave R decided they wanted to dive on Saturday anyways. When they got to the boat launch, they encountered 2-3 foot waves with whitecaps on the lake. Instead of taking their fishing boat out, they did a shore dive. Later on Saturday, the winds had died down and they were able to get the boat out and did a dive near Sunken Island. Saturday night we had a great barbecue and a wonderful campfire. There was much camaraderie and the kids had a fun time.
Around 6:30 Sunday morning, we were hit with a round of t-storms. Hopefully we were not going to cancel another day of diving. By 8am, the storms had cleared and the sun was out. It looked like a great day for diving. We picked up the boat and met the rest of the divers at the state park boat launch. We were out on the lake by 9am.
The first dive we did was at Flag Point. This was the favorite location we dove a year ago. Dave R and Kevin R were dive buddies as were Dave B and Jim T and Andy P joined up with Heather T and Jim D. This was a fun dive. We encountered lots of fish including bluegill, perch, and a school of suckers. The visibility was around 30 feet, not bad considering all the rain and wind.
After the dive, we were back on the boat headed back to the boat launch to change out our gear. Soon we were headed over to our next dive site, the sunken boats at the Am Vet location. We moored the boat in a shallow area and dove out to the sunken boats. At first, we headed in the wrong direction. We got down to about 60 feet with no sign of the sunken boats or a line. We decided to ascend to the surface. After checking our location, we checked our air and headed in a southwest direction. Within a couple of minutes, we found the sunken houseboat. After that, we followed a line to two other boats. Since we were getting low on air, we turned around and headed back to shallow water and the pontoon boat. All in all, it was a fun dive and we were happy to find the sunken boats and line.
Our diving was done for the weekend. We headed back to the KOA to break down the camp, load the vehicles, and head home. It was a great weekend despite the weather. We look forward to next years trip.

Dave B

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