Lake Washington Wreck Dives

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Re: Lake Washington Wreck Dives

Post by Nwbrewer » Tue Feb 02, 2010 7:37 am

Is the Wolf Bay wreck kick/scooterable?

boydski wrote:
2loud4u wrote:Any of them within recreational limits?


Hi Brendan,

As mentioned above, ALL of the ambient light in the lake disappears at about 60'. When you combine no light with 10' of viz in brown water, a brown silty bottom and brown silt covered wrecks, it is often impossible to actually "see" the bottom. Most new divers in Lake Washington face plant into the silt before they even know they have reached the bottom.

There are a couple of good wrecks that are in 60' of water or less. They still have ambient light from the surface, which makes exploring them much easier. The Snickerdoodle is very shallow (just off the Atlantic City Boat Ramp) and the Wolf Bay Wreck is about 60' deep (just South of the Sand Point Boat Ramp).

The PBM Mariner (at the South End of the Lake) also makes a nice dive with ambient light still available. There are also several barges in the Lake that can be accessed from shore (Like the King Street or West Shore Scows).

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Re: Lake Washington Wreck Dives

Post by boydski » Tue Feb 02, 2010 7:30 am

2loud4u wrote:Any of them within recreational limits?


Hi Brendan,

As mentioned above, ALL of the ambient light in the lake disappears at about 60'. When you combine no light with 10' of viz in brown water, a brown silty bottom and brown silt covered wrecks, it is often impossible to actually "see" the bottom. Most new divers in Lake Washington face plant into the silt before they even know they have reached the bottom.

There are a couple of good wrecks that are in 60' of water or less. They still have ambient light from the surface, which makes exploring them much easier. The Snickerdoodle is very shallow (just off the Atlantic City Boat Ramp) and the Wolf Bay Wreck is about 60' deep (just South of the Sand Point Boat Ramp).

The PBM Mariner (at the South End of the Lake) also makes a nice dive with ambient light still available. There are also several barges in the Lake that can be accessed from shore (Like the King Street or West Shore Scows).

Good Luck,

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Re: Lake Washington Wreck Dives

Post by Nwbrewer » Tue Feb 02, 2010 5:54 am

2loud4u wrote:What kind of depth are we talking about for these wrecks? Any of them within recreational limits?

Brendan


"Recreational limits" in the lake is kind of a different thing. All of the stuff Richard mentioned is above 130', but diving in the lake is DARK, and the bottom is such that touching the bottom with a fin tip can mean game over on a small wreck.

There is also the wreck of the I-90 bridge center span at the south end, it's in about 60' of water, as well as the lake washington mill site, which is fun and REALLY shallow.

Follow the two links in Scott's post to check out more of the stuff in lake washington. Dan Warter's DCS films site is great too.
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Re: Lake Washington Wreck Dives

Post by 2loud4u » Tue Feb 02, 2010 5:13 am

What kind of depth are we talking about for these wrecks? Any of them within recreational limits?

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Re: Lake Washington Wreck Dives

Post by CaptnJack » Mon Feb 01, 2010 8:09 pm

LCF wrote:You know, we did a simple training dive in the lake a week ago or so, and I was astonished by how good the visibility was (at least until we got through with it). Maybe it's time to give the lake another chance. I'll have to have a look at your book, and see what's down there that's within my "legal" range.


valient
dawn
hauler
PBM (but avoid this if the Cedar river is at all high)

are all popular & worthwhile dives in your range

The wheeler looks great Scott :)
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Re: Lake Washington Wreck Dives

Post by LCF » Mon Feb 01, 2010 8:06 pm

You know, we did a simple training dive in the lake a week ago or so, and I was astonished by how good the visibility was (at least until we got through with it). Maybe it's time to give the lake another chance. I'll have to have a look at your book, and see what's down there that's within my "legal" range.
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Lake Washington Wreck Dives

Post by boydski » Mon Feb 01, 2010 6:57 pm

The Northwest Wreck Dives crew had a great weekend out on Lake Washington. The water is "brisk" (~ 43-44° at depth), but the visibility was decent and calm surface conditions made for good side-scanning. We located and dove on 4 barges, 2 boat lifts, a large stump, a run-about, a bunch of BFR's (big rocks) and a couple of decent wrecks.

My favorite dives of the weekend were photographing the Wheeler in the south end of the lake (very picturesque):

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and the YMS 359 Minesweeper in the North End of the lake (which has a very interesting fairlead on the bow):

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Prime time for good viz in the Lake should be over the next three months. So if your up for a little "low to no viz" wreck diving, you might start thinking about Lake Washington.

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