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Top Snorkeling and Scuba Diving in Pennsylvania
Ready to check out the best sites in Pennsylvania for scuba diving, snorkeling, shore diving, free diving or other ocean activities? Zentacle has 13 dive sites, snorkel spots, beaches, and more. Discover hand-curated maps, along with reviews and photos from nature lovers like you. No matter what you're looking for, you can find a diverse range of the best ocean activities in Pennsylvania to suit your needs.
#1 - Dutch Springs
Pennsylvania, USA East
It's used a lot for training and open water checkouts because there are numerous platforms submerged at 25 - 30 ft. There are also quite a few attractions including a sunken fire truck, Cessna air plane, school bus, Sikorsky helicopter, trolley car, several boats and other assorted vehicles. There are also remnants of some of the quarry equipment.
#2 - Bainbridge Sportsman's Club
Pennsylvania, USA East
There are two entry points to this old quarry, but the best follows sunken road and remains shallow -- no more than 20 feet. During the summer and early fall the dive can be done is a shorty wet suit, and the diver is guaranteed to see bluegill, bass and other freshwater fish native to the area. Of course, there are deeper dives -- 100-feet plus -- in much colder water. Along the east shore of the Susquhana River about 10 miles north of Route 30 or 15 miles south of Harrisburg off of Route 441.
#3 - Willow Springs Park
Pennsylvania, USA East
Willow Springs Park is a lovely little scuba park on Millards Quarry Pond with tons of sunken attractions like cars, trains, boats, and other goodies. Water is COLD! Viz is usually about 10-20 feet at best. If you are familiar with Dutch Springs Scuba Park then you get the idea. Nice facilities, heated bathrooms, full service dive shop, swimming area, ramp for handicapped divers. From the Willow Springs web site: "Over 600,000 divers have safely certified with us at Willow Springs Park. You are invited to join them at one of the finest diving facilities in the Northeast. You'll find that we have designed the park specifically for your convenience and safety, with dozens of attractive features" All Divers: $20.00 a day, Non Divers: $6.00. Night Diving $10.00 by special arrangement. No Boats, No Pets. Season Passes Available ($140.00) Passes good March 1, 2005 to Feb. 28, 2006. Weekends 1st Weekend in March - Memorial Day, Daily - Memorial Day - Labor Day. Weekends Labor Day - To Weekend before Thanksgiving. WWW.WILLOWSPRINGSPARK.COM www.willowspringspark.com/WGdirect.htm gives you all the info you need to get to Richland, PA.
#4 - Williamsburg Blue Hole
We must remember that this is a privately owned quarry and that we must respect the wishes of the owner. Diving the Blue Hole is a privilege for all of our diving community. Please follow the rules so that we may continue to have the privilege of diving there. Blue Hole Quarry Liability Release form MUST be completed and turned in BEFORE you dive the quarry. It is also required that you have your own copy already filled out and have it with you at all times when you are diving the Blue Hole. Releases can be faxed, mailed to, or turned in at Laurel Divers is maintaining the quarry. The biggest expense is for the portable toilets. We ask a donation of $5 per diver per day. There are donation envelopes at both ends of the quarry, or you can print out a donation form and send to Mailing Address: 204 Plank Rd, Ebensburg, PA 15931 Fax: 888-405-4496 Email: Quarry@LaurelDivers.com Forms available for download at www.laureldivers.com This site is for the quarry near Williamsburg, PA, both known as Blue Hole Quarry and Clover Creek Quarry.
#5 - Fairview lake
This is a spring fed lake. There is a lot of natural cover and wildlife. If you bring a boat you can get to some nice spots or swim from the boat launch. there is a puplic boat ramp off of county rd 4004
#6 - Crusty's
Approx 3 miles from the Prime Outlet Mall in Grove City. This is a private property.
#7 - Chapman Lake
Natural spring fed lake with summer boat activity. Chapman Lake is a private lake and access is with permission only. It is spring fed and best to dive with a dry suit. Water temperature below 20' is usually 46 degrees F year round with surface water in the 60's to 70's during the summer. There are sunken boats in a few areas. Visibility is typical for fresh water but slightly better than average on most days. Chapman Lake is also known as Chapman Lake, NEPA.
#8 - Lake Winola
The lake has been around for hundreds of years as a recreational place and there are plenty of treasures to be found. Lots of bottles, sunken boats, anchors, fishing rods/reals and more. Some old timbers too. PA Fish and Boat Commission public access on the southeast corner of the lake. Mostly private docks, get permission from the owners if not diving from the public launch.
#9 - B&B Diving
Complete dive shop. Scubapro, Atomic. Dressing rooms, restrooms and showers. Churchill Rd, Pennsylvania
#10 - Delaware Water Gap (Beer Train Wreck)
Delaware Water Gap, PA
There have been at least two railroad accidents at this spot: the first on May 18, 1948, and the second in the evening of September 11, 1975. In the first derailment, the locomotive jumped the tracks, killing two crewmen. The cars somehow stayed on the tracks, sparing the 76 passengers. It is rumored that the locomotive is still somewhere in the river mud, but there is little evidence of this. In the second accident, two engines and thirteen cars of a freight train went into the river. The train’s crew was unhurt in a third engine. Most of the wreckage was cleaned up, but several cars remain, including a closed boxcar in 14 ft of Miller Beerwater, and nearby a flatbed car with a semi-trailer full of real Miller beer bottles In the CNJ tables of the FRA database, this wreck is listed. The specifics are: Lead unit CNJ 3068, nearest station is listed as Slateford Junction, temperature was 62 degrees, train speed was 37 mph, train number was 99 (ES-99), with 2460 tons, 17 loads, 41 empties, equipment damage was $546,840, track damage was $11,243, for a wreck total of $558,093. It also lists the time as 8:18 pm. This information was also found about DWG: Most of the people who have been on the train wreck will probably tell you it’s a ’one and done’ dive. From what I’ve personally seen, it’s either hit or miss. That also depends on if anyone has been on the wreck before you got there. On a good day you can almost make out the wreck from the surface. The top of the wreck starts around 7ft in the summer time, with a deep, dark hole downstream at the back bottoming out around 14ft. Getting to the wreck site is only part of the fun. There is a large parking lot across the highway from the river, however I would suggest that you park on the shoulder and unload there. Just before the road rounds the corner, and the wall starts on the train tracks is a large area to pull off on. It’s far safer unloading here. In fact, while I don’t know if it’s legal or not, we just simply parked there without problem. Playing dodge-car isn’t much fun with your arms full of expensive equipment. Even more fun will be had getting your equipment from the road to the river. The easiest way I’ve found so far to get your kit to the water, besides making your buddy carry it for you, is to assemble it by your car, put it on, and hike down the bank to the water’s edge. Securing a rope to hold onto is highly suggested here, not only for the trip down, but also for the trip back up the bank. Once you’re ready to get in, be absolutely certain you have your diver down flag, and a person on shore if at all possible. One of the first things you will notice in this area is that boaters have NO clue what a diver down flag means. Your surface support person will most likely have to wave off a boat or two. The easiest way to hit very closely, if not right on top of the wreck, is to enter the water next to the yellow painted railroad rail on your left, and the large tree on your right. With the tree directly behind you, take a bearing straight across the river, submerge, and head out approx. 20ft. This should run you into the boxcar. Most of the remaining freight car is full of river muck now, with lots of fishing hooks, and monofilament all over the area. You will definitely need a good sharp knife. Every now and then, you might find yourself face to mask with rather large pike. Search in the muck, on the side heading out to the river and you might come up with a bottle or two. The rest of the wreck is located upstream from the boxcar. Current is almost non-existent here in the summer when the water is lower, and you’ll be in a very slight back eddy. Take your time and look around. More bottles from the wreck have been found upstream in the 2002 summer season. If you decide on heading out towards the center of the river, be warned that it comes close to 50ft, it’s cold, dark, and murky. You will want a light with you, and watch out for the current. It can get very swift in the channel. From the reports of the others that dove with us the last time we were there, there’s not much to see out that far besides discarded tires, and trash.
#11 - Willow Springs
Abandon limestone quarry, turned into Scuba park. Millardsville Willow Springs is also known as Millards Quarry Pond.
#12 - Guppy Gulch
This quarry is riddled with lots of sunken objects. Boats, trains, trucks, and lots of old motorcycles. There are convenient lines linking all of the sunken sights so navigation is impossible to lose. At the access, there is a lagoon around 30 feet deep. Then, it drops to the maximum depth of 80 feet. Visibility is much better than most other quarries in the region. Access is quite easy. There are stairs into the water and also a floating dock for a giant stride entry. Very easy access.
#13 - Bainbridge Sportsmanship Club
Lots to see. Many sunken objects such as airplanes, cement trucks, bulldozers, and such. Very relaxing dive Set up gear at picnic tables underneath pavilians and walk about 10-30 feet straight into the water. Slight sloping ground. Bainbridge Sportsmanship Club is also known as Access A.