The Scuba Ranch, formerly known as Clear Springs Scuba Park, opened June 15, 2001. It is a 22 acre spring-fed lake that has one of the most beautiful, natural habitats seen in a Texas Lake. Underwater attractions and wildlife are awaiting your exploration! Also, the Scuba Ranch is home to the "largest freshwater shark in North America", Sisco the Shark. Amenities: air fills, gear rental, covered pavilions, camping, and snacks.
Somervell County Water District opened Wheeler Branch Park on August 7, 2010. Divers enjoy several underwater attractions including two helicopters, an airplane, a school bus, sailboat, and a creepy clown. There is one training platform. This is a public park with fishing, swimming, and grilling too. It is not an exclusive dive destination and there are activities for the whole family. Amenities: covered pavilions and a restroom.
Twin Vee Key is a private Scuba diving lake open by appointment only. It is carved from a natural draw in the ranch land of Parker County and fed by natural springs and runoff water. In-water attractions, and on-shore amenities include: unique underwater topography, shore and dock entries, training platforms, sunken wrecks, wildlife, air fill station, picnic pavilions, tent/RV areas, and clean showers/bathrooms.
Windy Point Park is one of the top diving “hot spots” in the Central Texas area. Divers will find boat wrecks and unique metal sculptures of a scuba diver, a sea turtle and a shark along with other interesting objects. There are various boats, a Pinto and more! (See the detailed map). Amenities: air fills, minor repairs, carts, camping, wi-fi, picnic tables, dive platforms, and restrooms.
The Blue Lagoon is a private dive training lake for divers only and by reservation only. It is a small operation but beautiful. There's some underwater attractions to visit, such as a school bus and training platform. The clear blue water nestled among trees and sandy shore form a beautiful setting to train. Amenities: rental gear, air and nitrox tank fills, and covered pavilions.
Athens Scuba Park is a private dive park with a dive shop attached. There's lots to see including an airplane. This park is for certified divers only, so be sure you bring your c-card! This is a clay-bottom lake so be sure to stay off the bottom to keep visibility good for everyone. Amenities: They sell and rent gear, fill tanks, have restrooms, and offer primitive and RV camping on-site.
Lake Murray State Park is a favorite destination among water sport enthusiasts in south-central Oklahoma. There are sunken attractions at the Martin's Landing campground. Online reservations must be made for RV and tent campsites. Amenities include restrooms and showers.
Martin's Landing: OK-77S, Ardmore, OK 73401
While in the area be sure to visit McGhee's Catfish for the best fried catfish in Oklahoma!
Spring Lake at The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment is at the headwaters of the San Marcos River with more than 200 artesian springs. Human history stretches back more than 12,000 years to the last ice age. With Caribbean-like visibility and year-round 72 degree water, this is possibly the best diving in the state! Divers must complete an authorization course to volunteer.
The Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary is situated 80 to 125 miles off the Texas and Louisiana coasts. It includes thriving shallow water coral reefs, algal-sponge communities, and deeper mesophotic reefs full of black coral, octocoral, and algal nodule habitats. Fling Charters operates a liveaboard with bookings through dive shops such as Lone Star Scuba. The Fling departs from 1203 N Avenue J, Freeport, TX 77541
Balmorhea State Park was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps at the San Solomon Springs site in 1940. Divers enjoy 72 degree crystal clear water. Only the pool area is open as of 6/26/21, so diving is limited for now. Day pass reservations are required and sell out quickly. Amenities: Picnic tables, showers, restroom. The local dive shop is still closed, so with no air fills nearby, plan ahead!
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