Lake Ouachita

Lake Ouachita


Site Review by
 Brian Xavier
Date: 01/29/2006


Site Condition
(1=worst, 5=best)

Name:  Brian Xavier Entry:    3.00
Email:   Click Here Bottom:    3.00
City:   Visalia Reef:    2.00
State:   CA Animal:    4.00
Country:   USA Plant:    4.00
Diving:   16 years Facilities:    3.00
 Dives:   500 Solitude   4.00
    Roads:    3.00


*Average:    3.25
I've dove Lake Ouachita for a few summers straight now. I dove the dam in '04 and went down to about 80 feet. Then I came back up and followed the rope going off of the rocks on the dam and found a mailbox (with a fish in it), a golf cart with clubs, and some sunken boats. The first time I dove it the viz down deeper was probably about 30 plus feet. It looks real deep and dark below the sunken vehicles. Not much fish life here, but a great freshwater dive. The steps leading down to the dam are nice. Lost a nice mask (clear) and snorkel here. I also like diving across from Mountain Harbor, I believe around island 18. Some nice coves and points there, and with a bass boat you can look for good viz. When I hit 22-25 feet, the water does get cold. Take a 7 mil suit if you plan to dive deep, otherwise a 3 mil would do the job. It gets dark real fast here, so I mostly dove the islands to 25 feet max. Lots of fish life around these islands. I do agree that you need a boat to dive Ouachita. I'd be interested in other spots to dive in this lake.    

Enjoyment Level

Snorkel:    3.00
Beginner:    3.00
Intermediate:    3.00
Advanced:    3.00
Night diving:    3.00

Seasonal Information

Season:    Summer
Year:    2004
Visibility:    3.00
Current:    3.00
Surf:    3.00

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