Today, Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary celebrates its 16th anniversary as a national marine sanctuary site! Located in northwest Lake Huron, Thunder Bay is adjacent to one of the most treacherous stretches of water within the Great Lakes system, earning it the nickname “Shipwreck Alley.” Fire, ice, collisions and storms have claimed more than 200 vessels in and around Thunder Bay.
Today, the sanctuary protects one of our nation’s best-preserved and nationally-significant collections of shipwrecks. Plus, many of these wrecks are amazing dive sites! Here, a diver inspects the wreck of D.M. Wilson, which sank in 1894. Happy anniversary, Thunder Bay!