Overview of Carmel River North

Carmel River North

Carmel River North
California North
USA West


Site Review by
 Jesse Rorabaugh
Date: 12/18/2003


Site Condition
(1=worst, 5=best)

Name:  Jesse Rorabaugh Entry:    4.00
Email:   Click Here Bottom:    3.00
City:   Riverside Reef:    5.00
State:   CA Animal:    5.00
Country:   USA Plant:    4.00
Diving:   10 years Facilities:    2.00
 Dives:   60 Solitude   2.00
    Roads:    4.00


*Average:    3.93
I came to Carmel River Beach at what was a bad time. It was soon after a storm kicked up a whole bunch of dust so visibility was poor. However, even then it was clear, this is one of the most amazing dive sites I have ever seen. Once I got a good distance from the shore, in 25-30foot water, blue rockfish showed up by the hundreds. They lived in schools of 30+ individuals. This gave the place a lot of hope for a spear fishing location. The rockfish however were more talented than I, and I was unable to get close to any big ones, so I came home with a pair of 13 inch fish. The invertebrate life on the bottom was amazing, with large patches of red, and orange anenomies. I did not see much when I got near the shore though. I would swim straight out toward the end of the kelp bed, the closer I got to that, the more impressive the diving became.    

Enjoyment Level

Snorkel:    5.00
Beginner:    3.00
Intermediate:    5.00
Advanced:    4.00
Night diving:    3.00

Seasonal Information

Season:    Fall
Year:    2003
Visibility:    2.00
Current:    3.00
Surf:    2.00

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