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Stillwater Cove

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Site Review by
 Chris LaClair
Date: 09/08/2008

Reviewer

Site Condition
(1=worst, 5=best)

Name:  Chris LaClair Entry:    5.00
Email:   Click Here Bottom:    4.00
City:   San Rafael Reef:    4.00
State:   CA Animal:    4.00
Country:   USA Plant:    4.00
Diving:   2 years Facilities:    5.00
 Dives:   50 Solitude   3.00
    Roads:    5.00

Evaluation

*Average:    4.18
The parking and equipment drop off area makes it very easy to drop off your gear very close to the water. We blew up our inflatable right there and carried it down to the beach, very easy. Rowed out past the rocks in the middle of the cove. If you go out in a boat try to anchor or stay up wind of the islands, they are covered in bird poop and stink. I freedove for about three hours, getting in the boat once to take a break and move spots. It got deeper as I got farther away from the rocks and was hitting 40' eventually. I'd say the average depth of most of the reef is 25-30', with steep drops down to 40-50' with a sandy bottom. The kelp was thick at the surface but not too thick down below. Spearfishing was good, good sized schools of blue rockfish, some olive rockfish and I even got a lingcod as he was going after a school of small perch. Dove with a seal and a sea otter. The seal was quite curious and got close, the otter was curious but stayed a short distance away. Very cool dive spot, very protected. I used scuba after I had shot my fish and check out the bottom a little more, I would like to see the underwater statue.    

Enjoyment Level

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

Seasonal Information

Season:    Summer
Year:    2007
Visibility:    4.00
Current:    5.00
Surf:    5.00
 
 


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