"Dive the Great Lakes Seaway Trail!"

...and you'll enjoy some of the Northeast's finest freshwater diving sites, with a full complement of wreck, shoal, drift, deep, and historical diving. For over three centuries Great Lakes Erie and Ontario and the Niagara and St. Lawrence Rivers have been major shipping thoroughfares. Today, the waters along the Seaway Trail are the final resting place of hundreds of ships, dating back to the late 1700's.

Dive Sites || The Shipwreck Environment || Site Stewardship

New York Sea Grant is coordinating the development of the "Dive the Great Lakes Seaway Trail" program in partnership with the 454-mile Great Lakes Seaway Trail National Scenic Byway. The dive site system includes the New York State David W. Mills Submerged Cultural Preserve and Dive Site near Oswego, the Eagle Wings Dive Site near Clayton, the Islander wreck in Alexandria Bay, and the historic wreck of the St. Peter near Pultneyville. Each is accessible from some point along the Great Lakes Seaway Trail.


The Great Lakes Seaway Trail is a 454 mile scenic route paralleling the St. Lawrence River, Lake Ontario, the Niagara River and Lake Erie. Great Lakes Seaway Trail Pennsylvania continues the route 50 miles along Lake Erie to the Ohio state line. A well-marked alternative to interstate highways and toll roads, the Great Lakes Seaway Trail leads to eye-opening treasures you might otherwise overlook. Traveling the Trail takes you to sophisticated cities, quaint villages, fishing ports, and dozens of family attractions, restaurants, accommodations and shops. Come visit us soon. We'll help make your next vacation one you'll remember for a lifetime.


Use the green and white trailblazers along the Great Lakes Seaway Trail to guide you on your journey from West Springfield on Lake Erie to Rooseveltown on the St. Lawrence. Each marker features footprints and a watermark reminding you that the route parallels NYS's and Pennsylvania's freshwater coastline.


The Great Lakes Seaway Trail is proud to have been selected as a National Scenic Byway by the U.S. Department of Transportation. National Scenic Byways "possess outstanding qualities that exemplify the regional characteristics of our nation." The Great Lakes Seaway Trail was chosen for its unique landscape which has been sculpted by the forces of nature and for its historical significance.

Sea Grant's Underwater Cultural Resources/Diving Contact:

David White
Recreation/Tourism Specialist
Email: dgw9@cornell.edu
Phone: 315.312.3042