Diving Overview for Oklahoma
Scuba diving in Oklahoma is very different to diving elsewhere in North America. There are no coral reefs or shipwrecks as all the diving is done either in fresh water lakes including Lake Tenkiller and Broken Bow Lake or major rivers.
There is an abundance of lakes and 3 major rivers; the Arkansas River, the Canadian River and the Red River. A large number of the lakes are high in the mountains and are fed by cold water streams so make sure you have an altidude dive table to hand.
Lake Tenkiller is a beautiful Lake surrounded by dense forest and mountains. It consists of almost 13,000 acres of water dropping to 165 feet where you can explore underwater forests as well as the wrecks and remains of several cars and boats, a school bus and a submerged town. Visibility is not that great (2-6 ft is average) although much clearer as you descend, visibility is at its best in Spring.
Broken Bow Lake is another top diving choice set near the mountains with 180 miles of shoreline. There are plenty of logs and trees, pipes and small wrecks as well as the dam to explore and good amount of freshwater marine life.
The best time to dive in Oklahoma is late spring and early summer.
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