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skdvr
04-27-2008, 19:55
I just got back from The Dive Stop a little while ago and I had a blast out there. It is nice to have a place so close to St Louis. Dave (the Owner) has some good plans for the place and is a nice guy to talk to. I hit 55 ft and water temp was 56 at the surface at 44 at depth today. Vis ranged from 5 to about 15 ft. With all the rain that we have had lately I really did not even expect that good. It was in the 15 ft range for anything above about 20 to 25 ft of depth and then after you got below that it started to get pretty murkey. There was 2 tiems that I actually hit the bottom before I even knew I was on the bottom.

Dave was talking about his plans for the place and asking for ideas, so it was nice to be able to chit chat with him about where he plans on taking this place. It will take some support from the local divers for improvements so I am asking everyone to go out there and check the place out for yourself. I am sure that you will enjoy it and see the great potential that this place has.

I am very interested to dive this when the weather has been good for a little while. I am sure that the vis will clear up a bunch...

Phil

jawisa1
04-28-2008, 07:29
Great report. I was there on Saturday and was able to get a couple dives in. I found three cars and a pickup as well as the cabin cruiser. Visibility was also about 5-15 feet which is pretty good considering amount of rain recently. In talking to Dave he said that they will be putting an airplane in as well as other items. He also said that they would be removing some of the sediment in some area to help clear up the water. I think that once we have a few weeks of dry weather that the visibility will greatly improve as the areas around the perimeter looked clear at the surface. As Phil said please take a look and let Dave know your thoughts.

James

cummings66
04-28-2008, 22:04
How are they going to remove the muck? I could only think of an expensive vacuum cleaner like the use for wrecks. But it would be nice to get rid of it.

Glad to hear you liked the dive, and I too have dove in vis so low that I didn't know where the bottom was until I hit it. Or worse run into a hill with my head. I got stuck in a tree once that I didn't know was there until I was stuck in it, then I couldn't tell what had me held up for a bit. Poor vis stinks, but it's interesting.

skdvr
04-29-2008, 05:35
How are they going to remove the muck? I could only think of an expensive vacuum cleaner like the use for wrecks. But it would be nice to get rid of it.

Glad to hear you liked the dive, and I too have dove in vis so low that I didn't know where the bottom was until I hit it. Or worse run into a hill with my head. I got stuck in a tree once that I didn't know was there until I was stuck in it, then I couldn't tell what had me held up for a bit. Poor vis stinks, but it's interesting.


Yes it is interesting... Not that I want to dive in it ALL the time but I do actually enjoy low vis a little. It is kind of exciting...

Dave was talking about a floating dredger that will make fairly short work of the quarry... I think he said he has a buddy who is a contractor and does that kind of work. He said that they went in a few spots with some long figerglass poles and the muck was 10' deep. That is quite a bit of muck. I really hope that this place works out well. With the rising gas costs it is nice to only have to drive 40 min to the water...

Phil

cummings66
04-29-2008, 06:49
I agree, my closest is 35 miles away, but it's horribly muddy on the entrance now and the vis is usually fair at about 5 feet or so. The normal quarry is about 90 miles away, expensive trip to make.