Saturday, July 23th
Fun Dive Lake Wazee
- Cost $20
- Jackson County Fees (paid at park entrance)
- Dive fee of $5 per day per diver or consider a $40 annual dive pass
- Car pass of $5 per vehicle per day or consider a $30 annual car pass
Although we keep all our fun dives under 60 feet in depth, this is a special place as it is recognized as the deepest inland lake in the State of Wisconsin with a maximum depth of 355 feet. Visibility in the lake averages 30-40 feet during the summer months. Water temperatures run from approximately 70 degrees surface temperatures to 40 degrees below the thermocline. The thermocline depth varies during summer, but averages about 30 feet. Divers who venture to greater depths will encounter a second thermocline at approximately 60 feet where the temperature drops to a chilly 34 degrees. Use of a quality dry suit (with proper training) is recommended for deep diving in the lake. Although all machinery was removed from the quarry upon its closure, remnants of the mining operation still remain visible underwater. A series of circular haul roads wind around the pit, where divers often find artifacts including chains, pipes; taconite pellets, and iron shovel teeth.
Massive boulders and beautiful sheer cliff faces create interesting features for the recreational diver. Novice divers will enjoy the gradually descending roadways, which are found throughout the quarry. Divers may encounter several groups of fish cribs as well as four platforms used by instructors for training new divers. These were added to the site to increase the divers’ enjoyment, and to improve the habitat for the various fish species found in the lake, including rainbow, brook and brown trout, bluegills, suckers, catfish, and small mouth bass.
Meeting Point and Time: Your fun dive leaders will meet you at 11:00am by the Black River Falls Ranger Station, N3602 Brockway Rd, Black River Falls, WI.
Hotels and Camping: Your fun dive leaders will be camping at Lake Wazee in the Jackson County Park. Please secure your own accommodations if you plan to spend the night. Some options are as follows: