Out More About The Quarry: www.mermetsprings.com.
the map and directions.
Attractions: School bus, Boeing 727 used in movie "US
Marshalls", Cessna airplanes, semi truck, anchored boat,
Distance: 3 1/2 hours (190 miles)
Amenities: Air fills, on-site camping, limited concessions,
hot showers, picnic shelters, changing rooms, dive store,
access ramps, chairlift for divers with disabilities, docks
Max Depth: 120
Water Temp: 40 F (winter) / mid-80s (summer)
Olive east to I-270 north
I-270 north to I-70 east
I-70 east to I-64 east (near Gateway Arch)
At about 70 miles, exit onto I-57 south near Mt. Vernon,
At about 48 miles, exit onto I-24 east, near Goreville,
At about 12 miles, take Exit 14, which is US Highway
45, and make a right (south) through Vienna
The entrance to Mermet Springs is about 10 miles down
and will be on your right (west) side
If you miss I-24 Exit 14, take the very next exit, Exit 16.
Turn right (west) on Route 146 and you'll drive about two
miles into downtown Vienna. Turn left (south) on US Highway
45 and proceed to Mermet Springs.
An 8.5 acre spring fed stone quarry with 100 foot walls and
wooded hills encompassing nearly half of its perimeter. The
sheer walls can be followed to depths of 120 ft.
those who have never been to Mermet, it's one of the must
dives in the midwest. Mermet is located on US 45 between Vienna
and Metropolis, IL. Mermet's claim to fame is the US Marshals'
"Con Air" 727 which was sunk there after being used
in the Warner Brothers film US Marshals. The plane's
fuselage provides a unique swim through opportunity for the
Mermet Springs is similar to other quarries. Shallower on
one side than the other, with a maximum depth of approximately
120' on the deep side. Needless to say, it is fairly cold
down there - bottom temperature below the second thermocline
is usually 42F.
owner, Glen Faith, has put a lot of effort into making Mermet
a "First Class" diving facility and the Web site
is a great resource to learn more about this facility.
spring and late fall are some of the best times to dive at
Mermet. The student population is relatively low - outside
of peak season to do certifications - and the visibility is
fee for the quarry is $20.00 per diver for the day. Non-divers
are charged $5.00. Certified instructors and children under
6 are free.
No parking in front of the pavillions, but you can
pull up to unload
You must show your c-card or be accompanied by an instructor
No solo diving - you must have a buddy
No fishing or spearfishing
2119 East Fifth, Metropolis, Illinois 62960
Room rates start at $59 + tax per
Exit 16 on I-24, 709 E. Vine, Vienna, Illinois 62995
Room rates start at $55 + tax per
2055 Fifth St., Metropolis, Illinois 62920
Room rates start at $65 + tax per night (discounts available)
the map and directions.