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Lake Washington Dive Sites

Post by bschnabel » Mon Apr 20, 2015 7:18 pm

Does anyone have any advice for good lake Washington dive sites? Not looking to go much deeper than 100'. Just got my first (running) boat, and looking to get used to the boat on the lake before taking it out to sound. Any suggestions are welcome, also any interested in joining, preferably with a boat, is more than welcome.

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Re: Lake Washington Dive Sites

Post by kdupreez » Mon Apr 20, 2015 8:20 pm

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Re: Lake Washington Dive Sites

Post by bschnabel » Mon Apr 20, 2015 8:37 pm

OK that answers that... lol.

Any recommendations?

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Post by bradmond » Mon Apr 20, 2015 9:48 pm

I dove to the Corsair off Madison Park last week. It's at 80 feet. Highly recommend this spot. Saltwater State Park is a excellent boat dive when you decide to venture out to the sound.

http://www.dcsfilms.com/Site_4/Corsair_ ... ngton.html

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Post by kdupreez » Mon Apr 20, 2015 11:42 pm

Corsair is a fun dive, but its slap bang in the busy 520 channel traffic.

Down South there is the PBM Mariner thats around 70ft.. there is also the Landing Craft very close to it in about 65ft.

You can launch at Mercer Island be hit both those recreational dives in very short order.. they are also somewhat out of the way of any busy boat traffic.
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Re: Lake Washington Dive Sites

Post by CaptnJack » Tue Apr 21, 2015 8:47 am

I recommend the I90 bridge, PBM mariner, or the Louie off Houghton Beach (Kirkland). All are fairly durable. I recommend going with someone who has some lake experience first so you don't trash the wrecks with poor anchoring techniques. We don't ever anchor ON the actual wreck. Drop a small weighted shot line (5lbs of soft lead works well with a buoy) near the wreck then use a spool to find it. The boat should be live or depending on the site anchored nearby.
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Re: Lake Washington Dive Sites

Post by LCF » Wed Apr 22, 2015 12:00 am

The Valiant, off O.O. Denny Park, is a fun, albeit brief dive. The plane is located in about 110 feet of water, but it's only about 25 or so feet long.
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Post by CaptnJack » Wed Apr 22, 2015 8:35 am

LCF wrote:The Valiant, off O.O. Denny Park, is a fun, albeit brief dive. The plane is located in about 110 feet of water, but it's only about 25 or so feet long.


Its also a plywood plane that, now decades later, is the consistency of a wet cardboard box and not suitable for new to the lake divers.
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Re: Lake Washington Dive Sites

Post by Ryan Nelson » Fri Aug 28, 2015 6:54 am

Can someone provide some exact beta on diving the Madison Corsair from shore please? Ive got some ok info but nothing exact.

Thanks

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Post by Jeff Pack » Fri Aug 28, 2015 7:16 am

Pretty much go straight out near the condo's on the right to about 70ft, hang a hard right and you will hit the debris field as I recall.

There is also the i90 sunken bridge sections that are a fun LW dive as well. Not deep at all I think around 40ft.
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Re: Lake Washington Dive Sites

Post by Ryan Nelson » Fri Aug 28, 2015 7:57 am

Thanks. Maybe we will do i90 after.

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Re: Lake Washington Dive Sites

Post by Jeff Pack » Fri Aug 28, 2015 10:03 am

Another LW dive is Leschi Wall, but keep in mind it extends beyond rec limits.

There are a bunch of LW dives near carillon point marina and that area, but I've never dove them or know if scooter or fin kick dives.
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Re: Lake Washington Dive Sites

Post by keeprunningamuck » Fri Aug 28, 2015 5:42 pm

Can confirm that Lake Washington dive is a lot of fun. Depth ranges from 40-80 feet. I didn't know about the corsair being shore accesible and will be diving it ASAP

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Post by Jeff Pack » Fri Aug 28, 2015 6:44 pm

40 to 80?

there are great dives to 200 feet.
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Post by iotium » Sun May 24, 2020 7:41 pm

Reviving an old thread...

What about good Lake Washington shore dives in recreational depths? I've done the corsair and I-90 bridge but would be interested in others.

After a little searching on NWDC, it sounds like some options might be:

PBM mariner - looks to be too far from shore
the Louie - looks close to shore but couldn't find any good info or directions. Anyone have directions for diving this from shore?
the Valiant - sounds like this is a scooter-only dive?
Leschi wall - haven't done this one yet, but sounds interesting
the Harpoon - another scooter-only dive?

Anything I'm missing?

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Re: Lake Washington Dive Sites

Post by Jeremy » Sun May 24, 2020 9:18 pm

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Re: Lake Washington Dive Sites

Post by ohopdiver » Tue May 26, 2020 10:10 pm

Boat or shore, most within rec limits. https://pugetsounding.smugmug.com/Lake-Washington

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Re: Lake Washington Dive Sites

Post by derekcs » Sun Jun 07, 2020 10:27 pm

This weekend, I saw a couple divers carrying their gear down to the lake just south of Madrona Beach.

https://www.google.com/maps/@47.6070234 ... a=!3m1!1e3

What dive site would that be? They seemed like they had regular tanks so is there something worth seeing at recreational depths?
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Re: Lake Washington Dive Sites

Post by Jeremy » Sun Jun 07, 2020 11:17 pm

The Leschi Wall is located at Madrona

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Re: Lake Washington Dive Sites

Post by Jeff Pack » Mon Jun 08, 2020 2:49 pm

Leschi Wall is probably my favorite Lake Wa. dive site. Bottom is around 180ft. Probably the best parts of the wall are in the 90-130ft range.
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- I would imagine that there would be a large amount of involuntary gagging
- I don't know about you but I'm not into swallowing it

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Post by ohopdiver » Fri Jun 12, 2020 2:45 pm

Denny Blaine Park has a nice wall from 45 to 85 feet. North and south from there has deeper walls and ledges.
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Re: Lake Washington Dive Sites

Post by derekcs » Sat Sep 26, 2020 1:34 pm

I've been meaning to ask. What are the conditions to watch out for when planning a Lake Washington dive? Tides, currents, wind?
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Re: Lake Washington Dive Sites

Post by Jeff Pack » Tue Sep 29, 2020 7:53 am

nothing except boat traffic. I kinda hate boat diving lake during boating season, cuz its all torn up. Winter time is suweet and smooth.

You do have to watch wind. With a longer fetch, can get easily kicked up.
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- I got a good squirt in my mouth
- I would imagine that there would be a large amount of involuntary gagging
- I don't know about you but I'm not into swallowing it

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Re: Lake Washington Dive Sites

Post by YellowEye » Wed Sep 30, 2020 7:59 am

derekcs wrote:
Sat Sep 26, 2020 1:34 pm
I've been meaning to ask. What are the conditions to watch out for when planning a Lake Washington dive? Tides, currents, wind?
You have to watch out for muck and boredom. It's a no crab zone down there.
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Re: Lake Washington Dive Sites

Post by derekcs » Wed Sep 30, 2020 9:46 am

YellowEye wrote:
Wed Sep 30, 2020 7:59 am
derekcs wrote:
Sat Sep 26, 2020 1:34 pm
I've been meaning to ask. What are the conditions to watch out for when planning a Lake Washington dive? Tides, currents, wind?
You have to watch out for muck and boredom. It's a no crab zone down there.
I saw a crawdad during my one I-90 bridge dive.
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