Moulton Quarry

Alabama
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Submitted By:
Michael Sutton

Submitter Comments:
The Moulton Quarry is operated by "The Dive Station", which will operate its store in the Center Star / Killen area of Alabama on Hwy 72. The quarry though is located about 5 miles west of Moulton off "Old Hwy 24". As of November 2005, their store hasn't opened yet. Check with operators at below contact info on when store will be open.

The Moulton Quarry is open again during the 2005 season for the first time in many years. It's a small to medium sized quarry that is about 3 acres in size and has two basic levels/depths. The upper quarry basin depth ranges from 15 feet to around 35 feet. The lower basin depth is around 50 feet to 65+ feet, depending on the water level. Visibility can change based on season and water conditions, but can easily reach 30-35 feet of visibility or greater. The quarry has two thermo-clines during the warmer months when surface temps reach into the 80's and just one thermo-cline during the cooler months. Bottom temps in the deeper end of the quarry never get much above the 50's though, even during the summer. With its shallow upper basin and great visibility, it is an excellent local open water training location. For those willing to get a little "chilly," the colder deeper basin has great diving to offer also. The people operating the quarry, Kevin and Tony, were also extremely helpful and very friendly.

Fees: $15 entry fee.
Air Fills: Air compressor, tank rentals, and partial pressure Nitrox mixing onsite. Bringing your own tanks is suggested though.
Rental Gear: Rental gear is available, but suggest calling first to verify in case they have a class, etc. using the available gear.
Water Temp: COLD. Two thermo-clines in the summer months and one in the spring/fall. Bottom temps in the 50's or below in lower basin.
Depths: 15 to 35 feet in the upper basin and 50 to 60 feet in the lower basin. Deepest point in quarry is 65-70 feet, depending on water level.
Items sunk: Two 20-25' sailboats, several ski boats, small dive training platforms, Greyhound type bus, large drainage pipes for swim thru's, a few large tanks/silos, etc. All items are marked with a floating buoy.
Facilities: One dock, sloped shore entry, a couple picnic tables under a small shed. Bathroom facilities are a chemical "porta-potty", but it was very clean.

According to the operators, 2006 plans include putting in a "sand beach" on the sloped entry into the water. (it's now gravel). If you need drinking water, it's suggested you take it with you. Nearest "Full service Dive Shops" in area: Dive Sports in Decatur, AL (approximately 27 miles away). http://www.divesports.com SDI in Huntsville (approx 52 miles) http://www.sdiscuba.com (Note: SDI in Florence is closed) Dive Station (when opened) in Killen, AL (approx 37 miles)

Directions:
 GPS Coordinates: 34.453351, -87.383881

Google Maps Link: http://maps.google.com/maps?q=moulton,+al&ll=34.453351,-87.383881&spn=0.044241,0.082436&t=h&hl=en

Operated by: The Dive Station
Kevin Behel at kbmedic71(at)msn(dot)com or 256-366-2570 and Anthony McGee at MCGEEA8(at)aol(dot)com or 256-648-9147

Operation Times: April through October on Saturdays and Sundays (after 1pm). Other times/dates can be arranged. Suggest always calling beforehand to verify they are open the weekend you want to attend.

Directions: (From Moulton, AL)
1.) Take HWY 24 West from Moulton.
2.) Turn Left (South) on CR-121
3.) After 1 block, veer Right (West) on "Old AL-24"
4.) Turn Left (South) on CR-7. Look for sign for Moulton Rock Quarry (rock/gravel company sign, not "Dive" quarry sign).
5.) Go to end of CR-7 where rock/gravel company plant is located. Before entering plant, turn Right (West) on CR-102. There is no sign for CR-102, but it is the last road before you enter the gravel plant.
6.) Take CR-102 gravel road until you see a "rusted" cattle gate on your left. This is the entrance drive to the quarry. (There is no sign).
7.) Enter through gate and drive will take you to main parking area.


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07/26/2007 D. Mitch (Avg: 3.00 Review) - Have dove this particular quarry over 20 times in the past seven years. Each year, it feels colder in the 40+ range. Algae has been a problem for quite a while now, but it is certainly a good place to train yourself for the lower vis type diving. Without having dived this quarry, I would not have been prepared for the black water diving in the Cooper River a few years ago. Anthony and the other guys seem to always want to help out and it's always a relief to have courteous hosts as I have never seen in Madison. Never too crowded as we have experienced with the "newbies" lining up the pier at Bluewater.

03/15/2007 Anonymous (Avg: 3.81 Review) - I love this quarry!!! Even the algae!!! The staff there is great and are extremely friendly. It is a great place for some peaceful diving. The night diving is great, also. Yeah, the temp of the water in 2006 was cooler than norm due to the spring, but the vis was great most every weekend. The vis depends a lot on the number of divers in the quarry and if it had rained like on Fridays. Can't wait until it opens again this year!!!

07/10/2006 D. Mitch (Avg: 3.15 Review) - First time I have dived here in 5 years. Friendly staff, courteous… nice change from Rock Divers. Springs have begun to seep in and fill the quarry causing colder diving, so a 3mil suit suggested. My only complaint was the algae that was inches deep in certain areas causing vis to be very low. Everything was covered with algae. Someone used to treat the water creating vis up to 20 feet at times.

07/05/2006 Anonymous (Avg: 3.13 Review) - Quarry hours are Saturday 10-4pm and Sunday 12-4pm. Other dives by appointment. Beach area has been started and is looking good. Water seems to be colder this year.

07/05/2006 Anonymous (Avg: 3.14 Review) - Very secluded, wonderful staff. Extremely enjoyable diving, laid back atmosphere.


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Diver Averages for  Moulton Quarry  (1=worst, 5=best)


Average Site Condition

Ease of Shore Entry:  3.80
Bottom Conditions:  3.40
Reef Conditions:  2.60
Animal Life:  3.40
Plant Life:  2.80
Facilities:  3.00
Solitude 4.20
Roads:  3.20
*Site Average:  3.25
   

Average Enjoyment Level

Snorkel:  4.00
Beginner Scuba:  3.80
Intermediate Scuba:  3.60
Advanced Scuba:  3.60
Night diving Scuba:  4.20

Number of reviews for this site: 5

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