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Texas dive location help please

Discussion in 'Texas' started by craborn, Feb 2, 2012.

  1. craborn

    craborn Instructor, Scuba

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    Hello Fellow Divers. I am close to Texarkana Ar. I am looking for a place to take two divers the end of March where they will not be cold! Do any of you have any suggestions. Can't afford to drive to Florida! Something warm enough! Please send me a message. Thanks, Clay Raborn
     
  2. scubatexastony

    scubatexastony Public Safety Diver

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    That's a tough one to fill. Don't think there's enough warm days and nights in March to lower the thermocline in the lakes to checkout depth. I assume you're taking a couple students out? Even Perky Power Plant lake will still be chilly below 10 ffw, albeit balmy on the surface. What temps are you looking for? What's NOT cold to some is toasty to others. Where are you located near Texarkana? I'm just 40 miles south.
     
  3. Guba

    Guba Regular of the Pub

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    Yup, that's a tough one. The only "warm" water I know of in Texas that time of year will be the Comal River and Balmorhea State Park (both in the low 70's year round). Unfortunately, both are quite shallow, so if you are taking them for checkout dives, that might be a problem. Balmorhea is a little deeper (max of about 20 feet...if you stretch), but it's about as far away from you as Morrison Springs or Vortex Springs in Florida. The Comal, in New Braunfels, is a nice drift dive but, again, 18-20 feet is about the max depth. I cannot think of a single lake that would be anywhere near what I would call "comfortable" that time of year.
    If you find an answer to this one, please let me know!
     
  4. James R

    James R PADI Pro

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    Lake Travis last year around that time was about 72 surface temp, 61 at 55 feet, and mid-50 deep.
     
  5. craborn

    craborn Instructor, Scuba

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    I would say anything above 68-70 Plus-- would work. My lakes will still be low 60's and that is not going to work for this group and I don't mean that ugly. It is not but two divers but I need to get it done for them before April.
    WHere is Lake Travis?
    Anyone know how I can get in touch with Perky Power Plant? I have been searching for a number or someone to talk to?
    I am just east of Texarkana on Lake Erling! If you want to train black water I have the perfect lake! haha
    I appreciate all of you and your suggestions!
     
  6. craborn

    craborn Instructor, Scuba

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    I have never dived in Perky Power Plant but it sounds like the kinda thing I am looking for!
     
  7. Texas Torpedo

    Texas Torpedo Pollo Grande Tejano! ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Did you dig to get to 18-20 or have I been missing the abyss? Max I usually see is 13-14..
    Share your secrets and coordinates.. :wink:
     
  8. austinspace

    austinspace Contributor

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  9. Guba

    Guba Regular of the Pub

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    Okay, Torpedo, you may have caught me in a slight "Texan exaggeration" (There IS such a thing? NOooooo! Say it isn't so!) But I do seem to recall that one summer when the spring was running pretty high that there was a single spot just below Prince Solms park steps that actually did give an 18 foot reading...IF you held your computer down in one of the cracks in the rock bottom...:D
     
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  10. austinspace

    austinspace Contributor

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    There is a spot in the Comal 18' deep across the street from Wursthalle. That's UPstream of Landa Falls, just below a small waterfall. Dove there once, not knowing it was off limits and didn't ask. Loads of crawfish. But last time we were politely advised by some park police to not dive there. So, kinda like Aquarena right now ... it exists, but not an option.
     

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