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BubblesMcCoy
10-23-2009, 10:15
My buddy and I planned what we hope will be a quarterly play hookie from work and go diving day for last Wednesday. Unfortunately the world has, and continues to conspire against us. After a severe sinus infection pushed our plans to next week, I heard from Tim at Nautical Adventures that they'll be closed for vacation next week and that the conditions at Tenkiller are less than ideal.

My buddy is in far South Central Oklahoma and we figured no problem, we'll just got to Clear Springs. Nope. They aren't open on Wednesdays. Now what?

Has anyone been to either Murray, Tenkiller or Elmer Thomas in the last couple of weeks, or is there some better spot that I'm not thinking of. This is a "better wet than nothing" dive so we aint exactly picky. I'd suggest Oronogo, but it's a bit far for my buddy.

Any thoughts or suggestions are greatly needed. Or is this sob story fate telling us to stay at work and stay dry?

cowgirldiver
10-23-2009, 12:12
I dove Murray the first weekend in October. Course the air temps were a little better then. I wore my 3 mil with a core warmer and once you got over the initial cold blast getting in, it wasn't too bad. The vis was pretty good-between 5 to 10 feet (depending on if you were near the students). I do have to say a couple of times I lost people (I was distracted by the fish) and had to swim really fast in the last direction I saw them going to find them again. We were over by the platforms and found pretty much everything (the boats, the shark, etc).

Okc_diver
10-23-2009, 12:39
Been to Elmer Thomas but that was last year for my AOW (water temp was in the 60's at 50 feet mid Oct). I think that the closest dive shop is in Lawton unless they opened one up since I've been there. Still doing Oronogo on halloween?

Mike

BubblesMcCoy
10-23-2009, 13:13
Hope to.

Soonerwink
10-23-2009, 18:10
Has anyone ever tried to dive Sooner Lake? I think it is between Stillwater and Ponca City. I had a fisherman that runs a guide service tell me it is the clearest lake in Oklahome. He said it is owned by a power company, so I don't know if they will allow scuba diving.

BubblesMcCoy
10-23-2009, 21:50
Which power company?

Okc_diver
10-23-2009, 22:48
Directions:

2 miles east of Interstate 35 and about 15 miles south of Ponca City northeast of the intersection of U.S. Highways 412 and 177.

rayaa3
10-25-2009, 11:02
Which power company?

I googled, it was built by OGE.

Ray

rayaa3
10-25-2009, 11:09
Has anyone ever tried to dive Sooner Lake? I think it is between Stillwater and Ponca City. I had a fisherman that runs a guide service tell me it is the clearest lake in Oklahome. He said it is owned by a power company, so I don't know if they will allow scuba diving.


Sooner Lake Oklahoma (http://www.outdoorsok.com/Oklahoma/Sooner)

little info about the lake (record state large mouth caught here...june 2009, nice)

there is a phone number for contact on the page..

(580) 723-4415

My work is going to be a zoo this week, so I won't have time to call...but if someone does, post back info.

We need more good Oklahoma lake diving choices :)

Soonerwink
10-25-2009, 20:30
I will try and give them a call, tomorrow if I can get the time. I wonder if it is a warm water lake like swepco, just over the Arkansas line. It would be nice to find another lake to dive in the winter.

BubblesMcCoy
10-25-2009, 21:27
I may have a contact in their legal office. Will make some inquiries and post if I can.

Soonerwink
10-26-2009, 20:57
I may have a contact in their legal office. Will make some inquiries and post if I can.
Thanks, I hope this works out. I wasn't able to make a call today.

rayaa3
10-27-2009, 10:22
Well, I finally got around to trying that number today - that was kind of interesting.

The phone number on the internet (that I listed in the thread) is for the powerplant. It doesn't sound like they have anyone who manages what kind of recreational activities are allowed on the lake (or at least the fella I spoke with had no idea of any).

Bubbles - maybe you'll have better luck with your contact.

If push comes to shove, I'm not opposed to showing up with gear with someone and seeing if we get chased off.

However, as it is a power plant lake, It would be better to know before hand if my testicles were going to glow after diving that water.

rayaa3
10-27-2009, 10:35
so I dug around a bit more and found an old fact sheet on the lake...

Not really deep, average depth 28ft, but I've had fun in less :). Appearantly there is a warm water outlet of some kind, however from the shore I noted on another website it's a 1.25 mile walk from where you can park. It is bouyied off, but I'm betting you'll have to have a few scuffles with fisherman over getting space over there (most of these guys will have never seen a dive flag before).


SURFACE ACRES: 5,400
AVG DEPTH: (ft)28
LOCATION: 15 miles south of Ponca City
COUNTY: Pawnee, and Noble
DATE IMPOUNDED:1976
OPERATOR: OG & E
PHONE: 918/762-7441
PRIMARY USES: Cooling reservoir for coal fired electric generating plant and recreation PUBLIC USE FACILITIES: Boat ramps, picnic tables, restrooms and swimming beach. No over night camping. Public access provided to heated water discharge area east on county road off Highway 177.

rayaa3
10-27-2009, 10:37
well, tried the number on the fact sheet for more info...no longer in service, closer look at fact sheet, was published in 1996...LOL...guess nobody has the same phone number for 13 years anymore.

BubblesMcCoy
10-27-2009, 10:57
I've emailed my contact, but its a big company and it may take some time to find the right person to speak with. By reputation I understand them to be a pretty reasonable company that promote its community relations. Hopefully we can come to some agreement with them.

Okc_diver
10-27-2009, 19:30
cool a spot closer to Okc:smiley20: wonder how clear the water is.

Soonerwink
10-31-2009, 17:16
I noticed they have a swim beach, I quess we could go swimming in full scuba gear. Hey it is still swimming.

BubblesMcCoy
10-31-2009, 20:38
I noticed they have a swim beach, I quess we could go swimming in full scuba gear. Hey it is still swimming.

That's a good point. They do allow boating and swimming so I doubt its used for drinking water or municipal purposes. Once the kids get the all clear from their little tiff with the flu, I'd be up to go exploring.

okiediver72
11-10-2009, 20:11
It'd be great if that lake were a dive spot, it's just right down the road from me. It is a power supply lake, the power plant is a coal fired plant. I don't know about the drinking water issue, if it does provide drinking water it's only to the OG&E plant. I know they don't allow boats in the discharge channel, and it is quite a walk from the parking spot. Most of the lake looks very clear from above water, but I've never dove or snorkeled it. There is, or used to be, ALOT of milfoil in the lake, and I think zebra mussels have started showing up there as well, so that's something to think about with taking gear between there and other water. I'd love it if people started diving that lake, I can usually make it there with no problems. I'd be happy to go scout it out a little, but it's getting pretty chilly. It may have a warm water discharge, but it's not that warm!
Russ

Soonerwink
11-11-2009, 19:50
The fishing guide that told me about this lake said, " the zebra mussels are what cleared up the lake.

okiediver72
11-13-2009, 01:45
I always thought it was the abundance of the milfoil, that stuff used to be thick I know. I don't know how bad it is now. On the west side of 77 it's really murky and there doesn't seem to be any milfoil, at least I didn't see any when I fished it.

Largo
11-29-2009, 09:56
What's Milf Oil?

inventor
11-29-2009, 20:13
What's Milf Oil?

Well, you see when a MILF.... Oh wait, family forum.. Sorry.:smilie39: