|1000 Islands Diving Adventures
At Clayton, the 1000 Islands' Only...
Natural Features Dive Site
| The Eagle Wing
Group Dive Site
Completed in 2003 this first of its kind
site, on the entire St. Lawrence River, provides all divers with the
oportunity to explore the geological, historical and ecological
diversity of the
1000 Islands. Unique rock formations grow
from gumdrop-like pinnacles and tower over the rocky folds
an almost underwater lunar backdrop. Steep escaarpments on both the
and northern perimeters serve as travel hubs for deep water life as
as fish residing in the nearby meadow-like shallows. Located midway between Grindstone Island and Clayton, the Eagle Wing Group of small "islets" has been a guiding light for island
residents throughout history.
Rocky Shoal and adjacent deep water
habitat are the foundation for the ecological diversity found amidst
the Eagle Wing Group.Shallow water predators such as largemouth bass
may be seen foraging on bait fish around the islets while deep water
predators like the northern pike and muskellunge patrol the depths in
search of food and tranquility amid the abundant underwater weeds and
plants that are native to the St.
Lawrence River. As an added attraction divers can expect to see other
of fish including walleye, freshwater drum and large carp.
Submerged 'riverscapes' provide divers with textbook examples of the region's varied geological features. Traces of the glacial phases and faultlines marbling the vicinity are apparent throughout the islets. The large planar boulders are probably the remnants of a debrise field left behind by a receding glacier while an adjacent escarpment is very likely a fault line illlustrating the effects of the region's intermittent seismic activity.
From the earliest settlements on
Grindstone Island, the Eagle Wing Group has found itself a silent
observer of the island community. Throughout the year Grindstone Island
residents shuttle back and forth to Clayton hauling provisions for
island life. Local ledgend is substantiated by one sunken utility boat
that fell victim to the granite teeth of one of the islets and is
now very much an attraction at the dive site.
The Natural Features Dive Site is
open water, 1.5 miles NW of the Clayton waterfront. It is near, but a
safe distance away from the Seaway shiping channel.