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cummings66
06-10-2009, 15:48
I found a new site to dive. It's an old quarry that flooded while it was being mined. It's located on US Government property and if you can dive during the weekday it's open from about 7 am to 3 PM. No air fills are available, or any other facility. You basically check in at the guard shack at the National Guard facilities down at their training grounds, ask how to get to the quarry at the top of the hill and they'll give you directions. You don't need a C card, proof of anything at all. Just show up and ask.

It's about 40 feet deep as far as I can tell so far, about 45 degree's bottom temp as of last Monday, and after a good 2 inch heavy rain the vis was about 5 to 10 feet which was better than I thought. It looks like it can be much better when it settles.

There are real things in there that were abandoned when it flooded and the mining company could not retrieve them, and according to the guards there's even more stuff there. I never found any of it yet. It's a huge quarry.

It has a gravel entrance, so it's clean going in and out, bottom is a harder gray clay from what I saw near the entrance, never checked it out elsewhere so it could be muck for all I know.

navyhmc
06-10-2009, 15:50
Cool!

maverick
06-10-2009, 16:57
Any kinda directions 2 get there?

neogeo
06-10-2009, 17:16
Any pictures?

GIFFMANN
06-10-2009, 17:45
How far of a drive would that be from Omaha?

cummings66
06-10-2009, 19:15
Macon MO is at the crossroads of 63 and 36. North central MO. I have a photo I took but to be honest you can use google Earth too and see it. My dive buddy got in the picture accidentally, I was using my phone to take the picture. I'll see if later on I can add that photo so I can link to it.

3942'17.24"N
9229'23.15"W

davis73
06-10-2009, 23:43
Thanks for the info! Following a lead on a possible quarry in Wellsville ,MO. Will post any positive results!

snagel
06-11-2009, 06:41
Wow...thanks Matt. Just to verify...it is not open on weekends - correct?

Snagel

cummings66
06-11-2009, 06:46
That's right, it's only open when there are guards present at the guard shack during the week. I don't know if they'd ever let us dive it during the weekends. I don't intend to bring that up as a request until they trust the locals being on Federal Property without supervision.

SteveC
06-14-2009, 23:40
I'm ready.
So what does the National Guard do here?

cummings66
06-15-2009, 17:50
It's an engineering unit as far as I remember.

navyhmc
06-15-2009, 17:57
That's right, it's only open when there are guards present at the guard shack during the week. I don't know if they'd ever let us dive it during the weekends. I don't intend to bring that up as a request until they trust the locals being on Federal Property without supervision.

Can you possibly get some contact info? It's possible that if you find a drilling reserve/guard member you mihgt be able to get in on weekends.