Overview of Stillwater Beach

Stillwater Beach

Stillwater Beach
California North
USA West


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


Site Condition
(1=worst, 5=best)

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


*Average:    3.59
I have dove here twice. The first time was my first attempt at abalone diving. This made a good first place to learn as it was reasonably calm that day. Visibility was about 15-20 feet. While there, I was only able to get a single legal abalone in about two hours. I had fun though. I have also learned since then that the south side of the cove seems to be a little more productive than the north side in that respect. The second trip I was attempting to spearfish while free diving. This did not go very well. Conditions were poor, maybe 10 foot visibility, and heavy surge. There were a few large black rockfish, but not very large numbers of them, and they were very skittish. I also was within inches of getting a china rockfish. I did end up going home empty handed. However, my two friends also had about the same luck, neither catching anything. I did notice that the scuba people were picking up large lingcod directly in the center of the cove, in around thirty or forty foot water.    

Enjoyment Level

Snorkel:    4.00
Beginner:    3.00
Intermediate:    4.00
Advanced:    2.00
Night diving:    3.00

Seasonal Information

Season:    Fall
Year:    2003
Visibility:    2.00
Current:    4.00
Surf:    4.00

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