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GLSPS Annual Fundraiser!!

UMSAT Show Website

The 2020 UMSAT Show has been CANCELED because of the Corona-virus Outbreak

The New Date and Venue for 2021 UMSAT Show!!

April 9 - 10, 2021

Friday Night at the Movies
7:00 to 10:00 PM

Saturday, 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Main Show

(Meet and Greet Party with Food and Beverages)
At The Holiday Inn Hospitality Room
(Next Door to Jimmy's)
7:00 PM to 12:00 AM

Stay tuned for the Lineup of Speakers for 2021

For more information on the canceled 2020 UMSAT show, and the upcoming 2021 UMSAT Show, please visit

If you are interested in joining the UMSAT Show Planning Committee, please email us at

Or, contact Mary Lillimo at "Show Chairperson", or Phil Kerber, "President", at

Here are the Links to Important Exhibitors Documents
  UMSAT Booth Table Layout at Jimmy's Event Center

We are always looking for speakers that would like to present a great topic about their scuba diving or adventure travel experiences.

Please let us know if you, or anyone you know, would like to be a star and speak at a future UMSAT Show!

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GLSPS Project Sponsors

Air Down There Scuba offers free air fills and special pricing on rental equipment while participating in GLSPS projects. Required to show GLSPS Membership Card! 
Thank you, Scott and Tracy!

Aquaventure Dive and Photo Center offers free air fills and special pricing on rental equipment while participating in GLSPS projects. You will be required to show your GLSPS Membership Card.  They have also loaned us a GoPro HD video camera for a few projects. Thank you, Steve and Jolene!

Videos produced by Steve at Aquaventure Dive and Photo Center filmed in Lake Michigan on a Milwaukee charter trip. Click on their above logo for information to join them on a charter to visit these shipwrecks.
Prins Willem
The Dredge 906

HomeHesper Diver Access

Shipwreck Hesper Diver's Access

After five years of patiently working with and prodding the Minnesota DNR the Hesper break wall access became a reality in September 2003. Divers can now drive out on the break wall at the Silver Bay Marina, drop off their gear at the turnaround, then move their car to the parking lot while they are diving.  There are concrete benches to use to suit up and some simple concrete steps down the rock break wall to the water.  At water level there is a larger staging area to do your final suiting-up or for removing your gear after the dive.  The steps are inconspicuous and do not ruin the esthetics of the marina or break wall. ( I didn't know break walls had esthetics.)  The access puts you about 75 feet from the wreck which now makes the Hesper the most accessible wreck on the North Shore.

GLSPS was the driving force that worked with Trails and Waterways divisions of DNR to plan the break-wall access to the Hesper and with the DNR project engineers to see the project through.  We are pleased with the results of our cooperation with the MnDNR.

If there is one thing we have learned in working with government agencies, is that patience and persistence pays off which is why these access projects are ongoing.  Our many thanks to the folks we worked with in the DNR.
Also stop by the Hesper display in the Silver Bay Marina building!

Hesper Wreck Site Photo Mosaic created by Jerry Eliason

The access is located at the turnaround at the end of the break wall in the marina in Silver Bay, MN.

A sign marks the entry on the break wall drive side. The marina side of the path is just rock.

Concrete benches can be used for collecting and staging your gear.

Simple concrete steps make the trek down the break wall to the lake relatively easy.

A larger staging area is at the bottom of the steps.

Entry between the rocks can be a little rough, but typically reasonable.  Beware that ease of access varies dramatically based upon water conditions and water levels.

Don't forget your dive flag.

It works even in some rough water, but don't forget you also have to make your exit in the rough water!  Time your entry/exit with the waves and be extra cautious - the rocks are NOT forgiving.