No dive site is without danger, but Woahink Lake offers
a low risk adventure in a calm, fresh water lake. The typical
dive area is located in a terminal side channel of the main
body of water. You can dive the entire length of channel from
under the bridge out to the lake. Google Maps measures the dive
area at 180 feet across and 600 feet long. Yeah...pretty big...and
calm. There is no current here, just lots of clean, fresh water.
The primary dangers of the dive area are the occassional swimmers
that jump off the bridge and swim to the small gravel beach
nearby. I typically stay near the bottom when under the bridge.
Your location beneath the bridge is easily determined when you
enter the bridge shadow and see the support columns. If you
swim in the channel, be constantly alert for fallen trees that
lay beneath the water. Snagging your gear on a dead tree limb
may lead to a sudden surge of anxiety...and anxiety is the last
thing anyone needs under water. Fortunately, the underwater
trees are very easy to see, and lay along the steep banks of
Lake is a relaxing dive and great for new divers. Turn off Hwy
101, east onto Canary Road, and almost immediately you are crossing
the dive bridge. A large paved pull out is just past the bridge.
Park and walk a short distance down a paved driveway to the
small gravel beach. A wood picnic bench marks the spot. Slide
into the water and head north to the bridge, or south down the
channel. The bottom of the channel is probably 25 feet deep.
The Woahink dive is known for the variety of objects that divers
have placed around the dive site over the years. The infamous
Woahink Fish is anchored directly beneath the bridge, just above
a wooden boat about 12 feet long. The silver alien artifact
to the right (somebody's bowling trophy?) is at the bottom of
the channel just before the bridge. There are many, many other
items to be found. Another wooden boat is located in the channel
bottom closer to the lake. A little yellow submarine is also
anchored in the channel. I tried to find the submarine on my
July 1, 2016 dive, but had no luck. I trust the sub is still
here. The mid-summer water was somewhat hazy with algae, and
I may not have ventured far enough south along the channel.
Woahink is an awesome adventure for new divers, and for anyone
wanting to brush up on their skills. I have to admit, that as
a diver with some experience under my belt, and joy for diving
the ocean, I have fun diving this spot. There are so many items
out here, it's always exciting to find something new... a little
treasure hunt of sorts. And...not having to worry about washing
saltwater out my gear after the dive also makes this freshwater
dive an awesome experience.
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