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Willow Beach & Ringbolt Rapids

Discussion in 'Southwestern Region' started by mohave_steve, Sep 2, 2007.

  1. mohave_steve

    mohave_steve Barracuda

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Dayton, WA
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    I had the oportunity to dive Ringbolt Rapids (3-4 miles downstream from Hoover Dam)
    with Doug from Desert Divers Supply and Lake Mead Scuba Charters.

    Had a FANTASTIC time. The best freshwater dive I have done yet and my first real drift dive. I would highly recommend this dive to anyone considering diving in Lake Mead NRA.

    Vis: 15-40+
    Water Temp: 56F
    Current: 4-8kts (Guestimate)
    Depth: Up to 63' with most of the dive at 20-40'
    Booty: Tackle box, 12"kitchen knife, sun glasses (yes I am going to wear them!), binoculars, fishing pole, EZ-Up etc.....

    Thanks again Doug for the invitation. We had a great time and can't wait to do it again.


    :D
     
  2. Reef Man

    Reef Man Divemaster

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Gilbert Arizona
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    Sounds like a lot of fun... would love to try it sometime....
     
  3. mohave_steve

    mohave_steve Barracuda

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Dayton, WA
    314
    2
    18
    Great Fun!

    National Parks Service does not allow commercial/charter activity after Sept 1 but we
    can take a private or rental boat up except Sunday & Monday.

    Anyone want to go?
     
  4. Reef Man

    Reef Man Divemaster

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Gilbert Arizona
    415
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    How far is it up to that area... I live in the Phoenix Valley on the east side...

    I might have some guys that would want to make that dive...Two or three....Would need to know if we could do a Friday???? and approximate cost???
     
  5. mohave_steve

    mohave_steve Barracuda

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Dayton, WA
    314
    2
    18
    Ron,

    Phoenix to Willow beach is about 4.5 hours. 240 miles.
    Lat time I rented a boat on Lk. Mohave from the same outfit that runs Willow Beach it was $125 for the day plus fuel. I will get current rates.
    As to the day of the week I think a Friday would be great as Saturdays see more boat traffic and that stretch is closed to power boats completely on Sundays.

    Steve
     
  6. Reef Man

    Reef Man Divemaster

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Gilbert Arizona
    415
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    0
    We could come up on Thursday spend the night....and then meet you at a given location...we would need some one on the boat to spot us....can we get some one to do that or should we try to find a boat op???
     
  7. mohave_steve

    mohave_steve Barracuda

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Dayton, WA
    314
    2
    18
    We would need someone on the boat as National Parks Service does not allow commercial/charter activity after Sept 1.
     
  8. Reef Man

    Reef Man Divemaster

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Gilbert Arizona
    415
    0
    0
    Ok... Understand that....

    Do you know where we could stay??? Motel, hotel, tent LOL??? We would bring our tanks...but is there a place to get them filled if we want to do more dives???

    I have at least one dive buddy that wants to come up named Justin, and I might be able to get one more... We may need to have one of us man the boat on a dive and then alternate boat tenders, for another run down the river...

    A 7mil wet suit, hood, gloves etc would be fine in that temp...does it get colder or is the river pretty much in the 50's in Sept, and Oct???
     
  9. mohave_steve

    mohave_steve Barracuda

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Dayton, WA
    314
    2
    18
    Water temp is fairly constant 52-57. I Dive 7mil w/hood and I am comfortable in the water. Out of the water is another story. It was 116 last week. Afer the second dive I stayed in the water until everyone else was ready to go.

    Motel/Hotel: Kingman - 55 miles South & prety much on your way or Boulder City 20 miles beyond Willow Beach.

    Dive Shop: http://coloradoriverdivers.com also in Boulder City

    I may be able to bring spare tanks.
     
  10. Reef Man

    Reef Man Divemaster

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Gilbert Arizona
    415
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    0
    Ok....Tell us what we can expect.... If we come on a Thursday...we would like to do may be an early evening dive somewhere...and then Friday do the dives with you down the river...Can we do two-three dives down the river??? We can bring 4 tanks each and if we could get fills in Boulder City we could do more dives...but I need to know what you think we could get done on the Thursday-Friday???
     

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