Over the years, the waters of Lake Michigan have become increasingly clearer. Today, it's not unsual to experience visibility of 50 feet or more. There's also an abundance of fish in the near shores waters so there's always something to photograph. One of my favorite Lake Michigan locations is the Door County Peninsula. The clarity, especially on the lake side of Door County is simply astounding. On the Green Bay side of the peninsula, the water becomes clear enough for good photography around Sturgeon Bay and improves as you move further north up the peninsula towards Gills Rock. In the fall, large brown trout and salmon come into the near shore waters on spawning runs and you're able to see some amazingly large fish up close.
For the shore diver, there are a great many places to access the lake up and down the Door Peninsula. Luckily for us, the folks at Green Bay Scuba have put together a list of some of the best shore dive access sites. For divers or snorklers new to Door County, this is a terrific list to consult. I've been to most of the sites on the list and I use it often. Here's their list.