Once-a-year viewing of underwater crucifix in Petoskey

The underwater crucifix located in Lake Michigan's Little Traverse Bay. (Courtesy Petoskey Area Visitors Bureau)

PETOSKEY, Mich. (WOOD) — A once-a-year viewing of an underwater crucifix beneath the surface of Lake Michigan’s Little Traverse Bay is scheduled for Saturday.

Visitors will be able to walk out onto the frozen lake where a huge viewing hole has been cut into the ice to see the crucifix which is located 22 feet below the surface.

Underwater crucifix in Lake Michigan's Little Traverse Bay.
(Underwater crucifix in Lake Michigan’s Little Traverse Bay)

This weekend is the only time all year that non-divers will be able to see the 11-foot, 1,850 pound cross made of Italian marble and also featuring a 5-foot 5-inch figure of Christ.

The viewing is scheduled from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. with parking available at Bayfront Park in Petoskey.

The crucifix is a monument to those who have lost their lives in diving and other water-related accidents. It was originally put in place in 1962 and moved to its current location in 1984.

Event coordinator Dennis Jessick warns that the event is very weather dependent and sometimes needs to be cancelled at the last minute. Watch the Calendar of Events at www.PetoskeyArea.com or  Petoskey Area Visitors Bureau Facebook page for any changes in scheduling.

Learn more about the crucifix from Jessick in a YouTube video by clicking on the video player below or here.


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