Dive Sites

Mt. Etna Rock Quarry


Mt. Etna Rock Quarry is another quarry owned by Schildberg Construction Company.

The Greater Des Moines SCUBA Club has obtained permission to dive there and G.O. SCUBA has been diving with them. There are lots of friendly blue gill and largemouth bass. Visibility on July 28, 2019 ranged from 5-15 ft. Temp above the thermocline was 77 degrees.

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Willow Lake Recreation Area


Willow Lake Recreation Area has become a favorite spot for our club divers over the past several years. It offers decent visibility 10-15 foot average but on dives when the weather has been nice for a week or more the visibility can get up to about 25 feet. The max depth varies between 22-25 feet depending on lake water levels, although the median depth is about 12 feet with the mean depth beoing about 14-15 feet. This 27 acre lake sits on 220 acres of property which offers more than just diving.

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Lake 2


Louisville State Recreation Area is located off Highway 50 at Louisville, NE alongside the Platte River. Lake 2 has a designated swimming area and beach. Normally scuba divers are required to stay at least 200 ft. away from swimming areas however divers may enter the water to the right of the beach area as per one of the park rangers. A dive flag float is required. Fish sightings in the lake have included lots of catfish, blue gill, crappie, largemouth and smallmouth bass, and carp. Visibility has been up to 10-15 ft. A Nebraska State Park permit is required.

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Sandy Channel


Sandy Channel State Recreation Area is just 1.5 miles from the Elm Creek interchange in the south central part of Nebraska. Sandy Channel is a 134-acre area next to the Platte River. It's designated a state recreation area but no permit is required to enter. The numerous lakes that comprise the site are pits pumped for sand and gravel during construction of I-80. Divers should take care not to stir up the muddy and sandy bottom. Local divers help keep the area clean.

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Atlantic Quarry


The Atlantic Quarry is an old pit mine owned by Schildberg Construction http://www.schildberg.com/. The quarry is a great place to have fun with some local diving. Many dive shops, and public safety dive teams use the quarry for training and certification dives. Visibility varies greatly depending on local weather conditions but average visibility is usually around 10-15 feet. Storms usually tend to stir things up and the visibility can be reduced to a few feet or even inches. The fish in the quarry are extremely friendly.

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