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How clear is lake rawlings??

Discussion in 'Mid-Atlantic States' started by SilverS2k, Feb 25, 2009.

  1. SilverS2k

    SilverS2k Registered

    My wife will be doing her final training dives in lake rawlings and asked me how clear the water is. Well since I have never dove there i cant answer her question. Please help me out here. Pictures would be great.
  2. RAD Diver

    RAD Diver Contributor

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Virginia Beach, Virginia
    It really depends on when she goes & with how large of a group.
    I have been there on a weekend during March with just a small group from VB Tech & we had probably 60+ ft of vis.
    I have also been there on a weekend when there was several shops there with a large # of students & there would be times of nearly silt out conditions.
  3. BabyDuck

    BabyDuck Rebreather Pilot

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Winterville, NC
    we had 50+ valentine's weekend...
  4. psumike

    psumike Instructor, Scuba

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: VA USA
    Any "time" and the VIZ is at least 20 feet.
    Even on busy Spring Saturdays afternoon and evening.

    The sediment is fairly heavy and settles in a matter of hours. Therefore even on a Saturday with 100s of OW courses, you'll have decent visibility in the afternoon and a very pleasant night dive.
  5. weiVA

    weiVA Registered

    # of Dives: 25 - 49
    Location: Northern VA, USA
    Shameless plug for my photos taken end of July at various depths.
  6. dmjay

    dmjay Registered

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: va
    I dove there yesterday and the vis was aprox 80 to 90 ft as usual this time of year later in the year as temps rise the vis is usually around 40 to 50 ft if your not following classes around that stirr up the bottom
  7. watchoutheyspit

    watchoutheyspit Contributor

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: VA
    What were the water temps?
  8. DA Aquamaster

    DA Aquamaster Directional Toast ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location: NC
    We had 48 degrees there a couple weeks ago.

    Definitely dry suit or 7mm wet suit territory this time of year. By mid summer, it can push 80 degrees on the surface 70 plus above the thermocline and 65ish on the bottom. A 3mm works above 20-30 ft in the summer but you still need a 7mm wet suit or dry suit to go deep and stay for very long.
  9. dmjay

    dmjay Registered

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: va
    temps were varried by computer mine said 46 another said 48 so aprox in that range I would recomend a dry suit but the vis is fantastic
  10. Fly Girl

    Fly Girl Contributor

    # of Dives: 25 - 49
    Location: Alexandria, VA
    Keep an eye out for Chomp and Negro. Chomp is a crappie with a big hunk taken out of its back, sort of like a snapping turtle got it. The chomp is healed, and he swims around pretty funny. DA Aquamaster and I saw him last summer, and DA A and BabyDuck told me they saw him over Valentine's Day. Negro is some sort of mutant crappie. He is a crappie, but he is black like a Molly fish with really weird white eyes. He may well be a black crappie, but black crappie aren't all black, and he seems like some sort of mutant. Because he is so mutated, I wonder if he made it through the winter, although he looked like he was doing fine last summer. I'm heading to Rawlings the first weekend in April and hope to find them both with my new camera.

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