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Here are my notes on the dives I've done in Quarry Lake on Reveille Peak Ranch (RPR) between Lake Buchanan and Burnet, TX (north of Inks Lake). The rankings are relative to other green-water diving in Texas (not blue water). I've done twelve (I think) dives there with the latest in July 2014. Updated: 08JUL2014 Accessibility: moderate; The bad part is that diving there is by invitation only, usually with Scubaland from Austin. Scubaland does a great job of hosting fun events there, like full-face mask communications test dives. They've been doing their winter classes at RPR since Spring Lake / Aquarena Springs was closed to dive classes. The good part is it's a lot closer than Balmorhea State Park, which used to be the winter backup. Cost: moderate; "$20 per diver per dive session or day" Visibility: moderate; it starts clear as it's spring (or more likely ground-water) fed, but swimmers and dive classes can muck it up fast. Because it's small with low flow, once it's mucked up it stays that way for awhile. Variety of Sites: poor; it's fairly small. It has a wicked thermocline at around 14-20 feet that is colder than Spring Lake or the Comal River by a few degrees making it feel really cold even in the summer. Compared to Lake Travis and the air, it's still a warm place to dive in the winter. Because it's an old quarry site, there are some really pretty rock walls, but they're deep, cold, and dark meaning you need good insulation and a good dive light to appreciate it. Wildlife: moderate; I was going to say poor as there's the typical sunfish/bass (and one of the little ******** drew blood on my ear lobe), but they have these really cool bugs. These little bugs hover in the like they're flying, and they're neon/blaze orange. Really cool. Being that bright, I'm guessing they're really toxic, otherwise they’d be fish fry food. Obstacles (things to see, swim through, etc.): poor; They have nice training platforms, but I haven't really seen much else. Looking at the ratings you might think it's a crappy place to dive, but without a drysuit and in the winter it may be the best choice in Central Texas. Unless you are a Diving for Science volunteer.
Here are my notes on the dives I've done in Lake Travis. The rankings are relative to other green-water diving in Texas (not blue water). Updated: 28FEB2014 Click here to see current lake level. Click here to see current lake temperatures. Accessibility: usually it's good, but with the lake still down almost 60' it's bad. Cost: good, the parks range from $10/car to $15/person and the Giant Stride boat dives are reasonably priced Visibility: poor to good, typically 2'-8' (has some of the best visibility in Texas lakes, but rain or algae growth can reduce to near zero) Variety of Sites: excellent, both shore and boat Wildlife: moderate, mostly typical sunfish, bass and catfish with the occassional drum or dart. There's very little plant life which makes it feel a bit sterile at times. Sites ('obstacles' means things to see, swim through, etc.): Lake Travis Shore Dives Windy Point Private, Lake Travis, Austin - 29 dives, latest October 2012; $15/person weekends; facilities: excellent; buoy-protected dive area, set up for divers with carts, benches, changing areas, showers, portable toilets obstacles: excellent; several platforms, several boats, some sculptures/small items, some grottoes, pecan trees down deeper with lake low can be a hump getting down stairs to water an especially up the stairs while wet and possibly tired Bob Wentz Park (Windy Point Public), Lake Travis, Austin - 3 dives, latest August 2013; $10/car; facilities: moderate; buoy-protected swim area, bathrooms above the point obstacles: moderate; some great grottoes but no wrecks or other man-made obstacles right next to the private side plus easier access when the lake is low but facilities not near as good for divers and can be crowded with swimmers and people fishing; cool grottos and a few good swim-throughs; they really need to update their pictures, because the lake is more than 50' lower Mansfield Dam Park, Lake Travis, Austin - 7 dives, latest February 2014; $10/car; facilities: good; buoy-protected dive are (dedicated scuba park), large bathrooms above the park obstacles: good; some boats and a plane there always seems to be people fishing even though there are multiple signs prohibiting them from doing it With the water low, you can use the boat ramp; just drive down, drop off gear and park up the hill in the lot. A couple warnings with this, the ramp is outside the diving buoys so you should have a float, and animals drink from the ramp leaving feces on it. Lake Travis Boat Dives Wreck Alley, Lake Travis, Austin - 4 dives, latest July 2013; went on the Giant Stride from Windy Point Public obstacles: good; several boats, including a big house boat, and a car Starne's Island, Lake Travis, Austin - 3 dives, latest July 2013;went on the Giant Stride from Windy Point Public obstacles: moderate, some grottoes but the treasure hunting is good from the party barges Oasis Wall, Lake Travis, Austin - 1 dive, latest April 2011; went on the Giant Stride from Windy Point Public obstacles: good; lots of nice grottoes