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Kidder
05-24-2008, 09:15
Hi there, I was wondering if anyone has dove the Lake of the ozarks recently. I imagine that its probably a mess, but I thought I'd ask.

cummings66
05-24-2008, 10:53
I've got friends that have, commercially that is. It's not worth it unless you have a reason to do so. The mud hole in your back yard has better vis.

tc_rain
05-24-2008, 14:34
I am unfamilar with that area, is it the same as Bull Shoals? If not what is Bull Shoals like?

Kidder
05-24-2008, 14:35
yeah I was just thinking about going and looking for lost stuff. Would you say the viz is 2 feet?

Kidder
05-24-2008, 14:36
I am unfamilar with that area, is it the same as Bull Shoals? If not what is Bull Shoals like?

Its very different from bull shoals. The viz is usually bad or worse. Its not really a dive site.

mm2002
05-24-2008, 20:38
Not that I've ever dove LOA, but I've been on it many times boating. It's pretty dirty water, with a lot of mud bottom and muddy/sandy shorelines. It just can't be much for diving. It's a great lake to get run over by drunk boaters though! :smiley2:
Norfork, Bull Shoals, Table Rock, and Beaver are all pretty much rocky lakes, and have decent vis most of the time.

harb99
05-24-2008, 21:36
Not that I've ever dove LOA, but I've been on it many times boating. It's pretty dirty water, with a lot of mud bottom and muddy/sandy shorelines. It just can't be much for diving. It's a great lake to get run over by drunk boaters though! :smiley2:
Norfork, Bull Shoals, Table Rock, and Beaver are all pretty much rocky lakes, and have decent vis most of the time.

but you could always go treasure searching in Party Cove. :)


never know what the drunks have lost

Kidder
05-25-2008, 07:35
I hear there are things like needles and others things in party cove that you wouldn't want to find.

mm2002
05-25-2008, 07:37
I suppose if you collect needles, beer cans, and swim suits, it may be a good treasure hunting spot! :smiley36:

tc_rain
05-25-2008, 07:54
There is a dive shop around here that always lists a 3 day dive trip on a house boat to Bull Shoals and I was just wondering what the conditions are like there.

mm2002
05-25-2008, 08:35
There is a dive shop around here that always lists a 3 day dive trip on a house boat to Bull Shoals and I was just wondering what the conditions are like there.

It's still around 695 (normal pool is 645), but I hear the diving isn't bad at all if you know where to go.

skdvr
05-25-2008, 09:44
There is a dive shop around here that always lists a 3 day dive trip on a house boat to Bull Shoals and I was just wondering what the conditions are like there.

Bull Shoals is normally a very nice place to dive. There has been a lot of rain and flooding in that area though and the diving has suffered. If you look at the threads on Tablerock Lake it has a lot of the same conditions as Bull Shoals...

Phil

cummings66
05-25-2008, 21:29
The vis at the LOA is such that it can be less than 2 feet, sometimes you can't see past your mask. They have been doing salvage work by feel for the most part. It's not pretty.

However, I dove today and it was the same, get below 10 feet and it was lights out. I couldn't see the compass even if I touched my mask with it. Same went for the computer, and even with it's backlight I couldn't read it. Pretty much 0 vis.

Kidder
05-26-2008, 07:43
whoa was the zero viz at the lake?

cummings66
05-26-2008, 20:05
Not at the Lake of the Ozarks, but it can often hit 0. Normally it's less than 2 feet, depending on time of year and how many boaters are out there.

plot
05-26-2008, 21:36
lots of sewage from peoples houses i'd assume... vis is non existant. it's a nasty lake, i'd never dive it.

even to look for things under docks or what not i'd think twice.