Controlled Site: NO, dive with surface marker buoy
Gordon Lake is located north of Highway 17 some 32 km west of Vermilion Bay and about 40 km east of the junctions of Highways 71 and 17. The turn off is clearly marked and the gravel road to the camping area, approximately 9.5 km away, is generally in good condition. The camping area is basic. Some areas have been levelled and are suitable for larger RV’s. A boat launch is maintained and two separate small beaches provide ideal swimming areas. Outhouses are in place but no other facilities are to be found. Bring all necessities including drinking water. Dive sites on Big Gordon are only accessible by boat.
The Big Island is located about 1/2 of the way across the lake towards the southeast from the campground. Three distinct dives are recommended from the Big Island.
The Southwest Side –
This site is primarily shelves and ledges with some smooth gently sloping rock bottom. Primarily a shallow site (< 40 feet) it is reputed to be an excellent night dive. The rock
ledges on shore provide a convenient staging area.
The Southeast Side –
Similar to the Southwest Side.
The North Side –
An interesting wall is found towards the west end of the site. It is well marked above the waterline by the sheer cliff face rising from the water. Many large boulders add to the
underwater relief and provide hiding places for suckers and larger perch. Small perch are generally abundant. A great variety of dive profiles can be planned as depths in excess of 80 feet are readily attainable.
A reef extends from the point on the western mainland towards the Big Island. This is a relatively shallow dive that offers a flat rocky bottom for those interested in seeking out smaller freshwater creatures.
A rocky point extending below the waterline provides protection to a small harbour perfect for small boats. The shelf above the waterline makes an ideal staging area for diving along this stretch of shoreline. Interesting diving in either direction from this starting point. Numerous perch, sloping walls and some boulders.
Large boulders form swim-throughs and recesses at depth. A steep cliff face above the waterline marks this site as does the large amount of rock rubble poking above the lake surface below the cliff. While not an extensive site, the boulders are impressive and make this dive a necessity. Large numbers of perch are common above the thermocline and lake trout have been sighted below the thermocline.
This site lies to the north of the above site and is also marked by a sheer cliff face above the waterline. This is primarily a wall dive.
The Little Island
This island is small enough to be circumnavigated in a single dive. The prominent geological feature of this site is a series of ledges dropping off on the south side. The west side tends to be shallow, with a sandy bottom. This dive site is best as a shallow second dive or perhaps a night dive. Approach with caution as there are many rocks at the waterline.
A series of ledges quickly leads the diver to depths in excess of 80 feet – watch your depth gauge and buoyancy control. Similar dive profiles can be found in several spots along this unassuming shoreline. The lack of distinct features on shore makes the exact site difficult to pinpoint.