Diving Overview for Kentucky
Kentucky is one of the United State's smaller states located in the East Central region.
Kentucky is a landlocked state so all diving activities are focussed around the many freshwater lakes and quarries.
Lake Cumberland is the largest lake in Kentucky at over 100 miles long with a maximum depth of 200 feet. Explore the submerged towns full of ruined houses, fallen trees and even a house boat. The best time to explore Lake Cumberland is during summer when water temperatures are warmest and visibilty may reach upto 20 feet.
Dale Hollow lake, on the Kentucky-Tennessee border, is a large lake containing a few popular dive sites including the Willow Grove submerged schoolhouse and several steep rocky banks. There are some fantastic wildlife above the water as well as below including eagles and giant Canadian geese.
Blue Springs Resort (often referred to as Pennyroyal) is a large spring-fed quarry in western Kentucky that is upto 120 feet deep offering good visibility of upto 15 feet. There are several sunken artificats to explore including a 1940s Dodge Firetruck, a helicopter and some old motor vehicles. Most fishing is banned at the quarry so fish stocks are large and varied.
Falling Rock Park is a small diving area with great visibility and a healthy population of bass, bluegill and catfish as well as sunken cars and boats to explore. The thermoclines here are particularly noticable quickly dropping to 50 Fahrenheit once you descend beyond 45 feet so wear a thick wetsuit all year round.
Diving is possible all year round, most lakes and quarries have sharp thermoclines so a thick wetsuit is needed. During spring, visibility is minimal, especially in Lake Cumberland, the best time for diving is generally considered to be summer through to early winter.
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