Diving Overview for Iowa
Iowa is a state located in the Midwestern United States.
Although not known a scuba diving destination in itself, Iowa is strategically located very close to number of fantastic Lakes and quarries in surrounding states. They're are many dive sites in Iowa, however Iowa's main diving attraction is Lake Okoboji and that is not to be underestimated!
Lake Okoboji, in Northwest Iowa, is a glacier-carved lake with clear spring waters descending to around 140 feet. It lies in the middle of 6 other lakes including Spirit Lake which is the largest natural lake in Iowa. The lakes are home to several resorts, holiday parks and marinas and are popular amongst locals and tourists.
The Lake itself is most often dived from late spring to autumn when the temeratures are a little warmer, this lake often freezes over winter. There are several wrecks to explore including an ice-truck, a few small boats and the broken remains of the 'Lost Sailboat'.
There are a few quarries around Iowa, including Glennies Pond, which are most often used for diver training.
Many dive centres offer trips to close by dive sites including Haigh Quarry, Mermet Springs and Pearl Lake in Illinois, and Devil's Lake and the famous Bonne Terre Mine in Missouri.
In summer most Iowa divers wear a thick wetsuit, a dry suit is recommended during winter.
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