Dutch Springs July 9/10/11

Discussion in 'Pennsylvania / New York / New Jersey' started by darylm74, Jun 21, 2004.

  1. darylm74

    darylm74 Surface Interval Member

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Pittsburgh PA
    717
    1
    18
    I am looking to make a trip to Dutch Springs the weekend of July 9-11 to finally make my first dive with one of the full members. I've never been to Dutch Springs and wanted to know if there were any other camp grounds around the area other than camping right at Dutch Springs. My wife and I would prefer to have an open fire and have a couple drinks if we choose and I read that the Dutch Springs camping facility allows neither. Could someone please let me know if there are others in the area that are nice and also if anyone is interested that weekend.

    Thanks

    Daryl
     
  2. sylvester

    sylvester Barracuda

    439
    0
    0
    Hi Daryl I am sure some wreckers will be at dutch that weekend. They are there every weekend. I cant say yet if I will be but I'm sure I will at least a day. I know DS does not allow open fires, cold ones I am not sure about. Nor do I know of any campgrounds in the area that I can recomend. Only cause I never looked before.
     
  3. darylm74

    darylm74 Surface Interval Member

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Pittsburgh PA
    717
    1
    18
    There is a KOA close by to Dutch springs. It is really nice but my wife isn't coming with me now so am wondering if anyone else is camping and if I'm going to miss out on any fun nighttime activities. I am just now working on my advanced so can't do the night dives. I will be in a red jeep cherokee if anyone is interested in diving with me.
     
  4. mer

    mer NAUI Instructor

    # of Dives:
    Location: MA, FL, HI
    824
    19
    0
    I saw people building big-ish fires inside a grill. As long as you keep it above the ground, I don't think they have a problem with it.
    As for a "few cold drinks," decant into those big plastic cups inside your tent/camper.. who's to know.
     
  5. scuba-punk

    scuba-punk Manta Ray

    517
    0
    0
    A few of us are taking a DIR-F class with Bob Sherwood that weekend. Some of us are staying at a hotel, but 3 of us are camping at the Evergreen Lake Campground in Bath...

    -Frank
     
  6. Geddes

    Geddes Angel Fish

    45
    1
    0
    I may drop in, depending on professional obligations, that weekend. How do I identify the Wreckers?
     
  7. darylm74

    darylm74 Surface Interval Member

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Pittsburgh PA
    717
    1
    18
    I am a "sub-wrecker" right now. I still haven't been diving with the "guys" yet. I am thinking I may hit the Evergreen with scuba-punk and the gang. I like to backpack/camp to so want to hang out in the wilderness. I will be in a red jeep cherokee (standard one, not a grand cherokee) with factory sideboards (not seen too often). I want to learn more about DIR if scuba-punk and the gang will fill me in. I have a North Face backpack tent I was going to bring but I have an 8 person family tent if others want to join in. Just let me know. BYOSB (bring your on sleeping bag) and air mattress / cot for that matter. I only have a backpack stove so nothing complicated so but I can do worlds of wonders on an open fire / grill.
     
  8. sylvester

    sylvester Barracuda

    439
    0
    0

    Look for the short bus, :eyebrow: j/k I cound't help that one
     
  9. scuba-punk

    scuba-punk Manta Ray

    517
    0
    0
    Change of plans... We're actually going to be camping at Dutch now. Like Sylvester said, look for the short bus. Solar Yellow 2000 Nissan Xterra with a dive plate up front, a safari basket on top and various Lancaster Scuba Center, Nitro-Fish and Puerto Rican flag stickers on the back window. Usually Bob Sherwood sets up on the peninsula, so feel free to evesdrop from the treeline :) We'll be there Saturday and Sunday doing the dives for our class, but the rest of the time we'll be elsewhere doing the classroom and pool parts. PM me for details. If you want to go diving at BSC (which might be closer for you) sometime, let me know. I think that I recently got upgraded to a Diving Member in spite of the charcoal fiasco at Fuller Lake. That's OK though, I have a propane torch I can bring next time - lighter fluid is for children and grandmothers :)

    -Frank
     
  10. darylm74

    darylm74 Surface Interval Member

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Pittsburgh PA
    717
    1
    18
    Do you have to make reservations to camp at Dutch Springs? Also how are you guys cooking? Someone bringing a grill or have a camping stove? I am just going to bring my little backpack stove. I'll be leaving Pittsburgh early Friday morning so hope to get a dive in Friday afternoon. I'm just now starting my advanced so hope there are some divers around that are at my level.
     
  11. qglad

    qglad Angel Fish

    45
    0
    0
    No reservations required.

    All cooking must be done on a stove or grill. No grills supplied.

    Lots of divers around. You should have no problem finding a buddy at any skill level.
     
  12. sylvester

    sylvester Barracuda

    439
    0
    0
    Children and Grandmothers, hey my wife aint that old.
     
  13. darylm74

    darylm74 Surface Interval Member

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Pittsburgh PA
    717
    1
    18
    Yeah working on my Advanced soon and taking my drysuit class in 2 weeks. Anyone want to set me up with it this weekend with classes? I wished. My buddy said he wasn't going to get his Advanced and just came back from Cancu and tells me he went ahead and got it, he's just too chicken to do cold water. I went ahead and got a 7mm for this weekend and to see how it works. I am very warm natured, so may only need the drysuit for colder weather. Well I am going to pack for a "backpack" type trip with little camp stove and maybe even my water filter and stuff. See you all there.
     
  14. scuba-punk

    scuba-punk Manta Ray

    517
    0
    0
    I'm trying to find a little stove for us, but i think that breakfast will be on the run, lunch will be snack bars of some kind and we'll probably eat dinner as a group in order to continue class discussions while we stuff our faces. We'll mostly just be sleeping at the park. I think all you have to tell them is that you want to camp when you check in. I think it's $10 a head/night this year.
     
  15. scuba-punk

    scuba-punk Manta Ray

    517
    0
    0
    Sylvester, you're right - she's not that old. My neice is proabably older ;) But really, would you let her use a torch in the great outdoors? I'm not going to answer for ya'.

    -Frank
     
  16. sylvester

    sylvester Barracuda

    439
    0
    0
    Ya, of course cause I am not allowed to play with fire. Besides since I am handicapped when it comes to cooking chow over fire that someone besides me is may or wants to eat, she does it, usally tastes a lot better then burnt.
     
  17. darylm74

    darylm74 Surface Interval Member

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Pittsburgh PA
    717
    1
    18
    Well, at least you're honest about your cooking skills. I'll know not to eat anything you cook :))
     
  18. J75

    J75 Barracuda

    426
    3
    0
    Daryl,

    No reservations are required at DS. Unfortunately you can't have an open fire, but grills are allowed. They state that you can't have any alcohol on the grounds, but everyone brings it. As long as you put it in a cup, or use a beer hugger, no one says anything unless it gets really rowdy.


     
  19. nusspli

    nusspli Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Central MA
    101
    0
    0
    Hi All,

    I'm leaving from MA to go to Dutch Springs tomorrow. We'll be diving Saturday and maybe Friday too.

    I've never been before & I'm hoping to get advice on what dives to do in such a short stay period.

    Also, how is the visibility & is there any underwater life (besides frogmen) to see? I'll be bringing my UW camera.

    Thanks!

    -Jessica
    www.jessicavasale.com
     
  20. XJae

    XJae Club Web Master

    969
    0
    0
    Hi Jessica,

    Yeah, bring your camera. There's not a lot of underwater life but plenty of underwater attractions. You should be able to cover them all in two days. If you flip a few rocks and grab some crayfish, the fish that are there will be your best friend.

    Definitely leave early and try to dive on Friday. I always find the vis better for pictures during the week (50+), before the hundreds of roto-tillers show up on the weekends. I'd cover all the attractions circling the helicopter first, then venture to the unmapped portions or the pump house when it gets crowded. You can get a similar paper copy of this map when you check in.

    You might want to PM a few people in this thread, that will be there, and meet up with some of them. Maybe they'll show you the elusive dynamite shack.
     

Share This Page