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Lake Longhorn

Discussion in 'Texas Dive Destinations' started by Sushi Boy, Dec 4, 2017.

  1. Sushi Boy

    Sushi Boy DAM CHUMmer

    First time checking out Lake Longhorn yesterday. Pretty similar conditions to the other local lakes. Water temp yesterday was 66 degrees. Viz ranged from 2' to 5' depending on where you were in the lake.

    Their tablet-based waiver system was a little tricky to navigate for a couple of us, but you only have to do that once a year.

    They have a nice metal dock for entry to the lake. Underwater there are ropes going to and from all of the attractions. I found a training platform and a couple of PVC culverts that make nice booming sounds when your air bubbles hit them as you're swimming through. There were rumors of a sailboat underwater that none of us found, and it looks like they're getting ready to sink a cabin cruiser too.

    No compressor on site, so plan accordingly.

    All in all, it's nice to have another option for local diving and I'm looking forward to seeing how they continue to develop the lake for diving.
     
  2. Heidi Ho

    Heidi Ho Grand Pooh Staff Member

    Thanks for the info...
     
  3. Seaagg05

    Seaagg05 Vice President Staff Member

    That tablet registration system is just plain evil!
     
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  4. Sushi Boy

    Sushi Boy DAM CHUMmer

    Wanderwoman and I had a chance to revisit the lake yesterday.

    We were questioning our sanity as we were driving down there in a monsoon, especially when I had to get on the shoulder to avoid the high water collecting on I-45. :confused:
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    Fortunately, by the time we got to the dive site, the storm had passes and we had clear skies the rest of the day. Checking in there was MUCH easier since we'd already done the waivers.

    We chatted with a couple of nice divers who had just gotten out of the water as we geared up and then splashed about 3:30. The viz maaaaaybe 2' (in the good spots) thanks to the rains. Fortunately we found the lines that have been run between the different u/w objects pretty quickly, otherwise it would've been a pretty boring dive. As it was, with the lines as a guide, we were able to enjoy a nice hour-long dive discovering the different things that have been put in the lake.

    We came across a motorcycle (that I had to hop on for a "ride"), a sailboat, a power boat, complete with a skeleton wearing a "bite me" tshirt and sunglasses, some training platforms, a big outboard motor, and some large plastic pipes that make a satisfying "thump thump" when your bubbles hit the top as you dive through. There are aluminum tags on each of the lines saying what it connects to which makes navigating the lake pretty easy, even when the viz is low. They have another big power boat staged by the side of the lake to sink soon.

    Water temp was 84 deg F. It felt a bit cooler than that, but pretty comfy nonetheless.

    As we headed out, I had to stop and take a picture of the sign. I love that places like this exist.
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  5. Jen

    Jen Tiger Shark

    There used to be a dive shop on the south side town called Ken Lee's Guns and Scuba. Their slogan was, "If we can't drown ya, we'll shoot ya!"

    Sadly, I think they're out of business now.
     
  6. Hawkeye Mark

    Hawkeye Mark Iowa Hawkeye Fan

    The one time I was there when I checked in there were some guys with some serious weaponry going to the gun range.
     

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