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JCAT
05-17-2009, 15:45
I'm happy to say the lake is almost back to full pond levels, maybe another 10 feet to go for 2004 levels. We've been in a drought for the last 4 years here in the UpState.

Of course, being a mountain lake it's always a little cold, especially this time of year. Temp at 50' was a balmy 57 and vis was decent. Had some newer divers who stirred the silt a little, but it's all good.

Lake Jocassee has great training areas, especially if your going diving on some of the islands in the Caribbean, like Grand Cayman, which have wall dives. The main wall at Jocassee drops to 175' just to the edge of the Junk, however there are several walls at different depths to dive as well.

I snapped a few pics while I was out, not as pretty or clear as the Caribbean, but at least its water. I'll be in St. Martin and Saba in three weeks anyway!:smiley20:

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divinginn
05-17-2009, 17:18
It was nice meeting you out there on the boat,my computer showed 52 degrees below the thermocline. We dove on the junk and on the ledges,depths about 60 ft max for 30 minutes each dive. I saw a weird looking fish on the bottom,it was about 6-8 inchs,long and skinny just laying on the bottom,not sure what kind of fish it was. Had a good time,was first dives on that lake,will go back and dive it some more.

JCAT
05-18-2009, 04:38
It was nice meeting you out there on the boat,my computer showed 52 degrees below the thermocline. We dove on the junk and on the ledges,depths about 60 ft max for 30 minutes each dive. I saw a weird looking fish on the bottom,it was about 6-8 inchs,long and skinny just laying on the bottom,not sure what kind of fish it was. Had a good time,was first dives on that lake,will go back and dive it some more.

Good to meet ya'll as well. The Junk is great to dive on, especially in the early mornings. Now that the lake is getting back to normal levels, the canyon will be a good dive as well. Going through the trees is good training and fun.

After 5 years of diving that site, I still find new things. Sat, I spotted the heavy metal cables used to drag the quarried rocks around when they were building the Dam.

cheers

fire diver
05-18-2009, 08:03
Looks like awesome vis on that lake! Isn't Joc where the cemetary is located?

JCAT
05-18-2009, 08:50
Looks like awesome vis on that lake! Isn't Joc where the cemetary is located?

It was not as bad as I've seen it. Usually in the mid-late summer, vis is 50 feet or better below the 1st thermo at 75'. The area I was diving in, I call the mud puddle. It's more to the East of the Junk. If you even look cross ways at the bottom, you can get silted out. Good training for flying on instrument only.

You correct, the Graveyard is located in this lake, but not close to the wall area. I doubt I'll dive it again this year since the rising water levels are gonna put it in the 140-150' area. It's a cold night dive no matter what time of day it is.

EDIT: Check out the Graveyard pics in my photo area. That dive was around 11:00am on a cloudless, very sunny day!

cheers

BouzoukiJoe A.K.A. wrecker130 AKA Chuck Norris AKA joeforbroke (banned)
05-18-2009, 09:41
Sounds like a lot of fun. I really need to get back to Jocassee.