Freshwater Critters Abound At A Texas Scuba Lake
With the economy in the toilet, you might not have the funds to head out on once in a lifetime diving trip, and with that Swine Flu constantly lurking around every corner the only safe place is under the sea. That’s why we’ve compiled some strange SCUBA spots right here at home. If you’ve got a better one (or a worse one), please let us know!
Close encounters with the sharp teeth of sharks or eels may put a damper on a tropical dive, which is the perfect reason for the more finicky to look for a diving spot a little more inland. As far as we know, there’s no sharks within the Clear Spring Scuba Park in Terrel, Texas. However, we just pray to the diving gods that no alligators or crocs have been illegally dumped in by locals trying to keep them as pets.
True to its name, the lake’s visibility is at least 20 feet this week, so you’ll have no problem investigating below the surface. Under the surface you'll find all kinds of bass, sunfish, catfish, and turtles. It kind of looks like you’re diving at the local pet store, but please remember that it’s not, and don’t bring home any fish in little water-filled baggies. There's even a wreck to swim through: the SS Minnow, though not of Gilligan's Island fame.
For those in search of some aquatic vegetation, there’s plenty of plant life including Hydrilla, which can grow up to 20 feet long—too bad we think they just look like weeds.
Getting into the lake will cost you $20, and they only take cash, so swing by the ATM before you get there. Remember to leave the firearms in the glove compartment though, because you may be in the Lonestar State, but there’s no guns allowed at the lake.
For the truly ambitious, or just crazy, the park even runs a Polar Bear Dive every January.
·Clear Spring Scuba Park [Official Site]
·Keep Nemo Company in Disney's Epcot Aquarium [Jaunted]
·SCUBA coverage [Jaunted]
[Photo of some Texas creatures: Charles & Clint]