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Fantasy Lake Scuba Park - Wake Forest NC


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Fantasy Lake Scuba Park is a shore accessible fresh water dive site, located at 3601 Quarry Road, Wake Forest, NC 27587. This dive site has an average rating of 3.73 out of 5 from 52 scuba divers. The maximum depth is 71-80ft/22-24m. The average visibility is 16-20ft/5-6m. Training platforms are available.

Fantasy Lake Scuba Park was envisioned 25 years ago by owner, Doye Sherrill. His vision was to develop a lake and park to be used and enjoyed by scuba divers only. Today that vision has been realized as one of the foremost scuba diving facilities in the southeast.

Some of the scuba diving amenities include:
  • Plenty of parking space located near 4 Lake access points.
  • Training Docks at Lake Entrance Points
  • 3 Training and Meeting Shelters
  • Picnic Tables
  • Changing Facilities
  • Porta Johns Restrooms conveniently located
  • 4 easy access Lake entrance areas convenient to parking
  • Outside Showers
  • 10 Training Platforms underwater
  • Boat simulator on top of water
  • Approximately 88 acres with Lake depths of 32 to 36 feet, 5 acres with Lake depths of 60 feet, and 7 acres of depths of 80 feet.
  • Interesting wall diving
  • “Monstrous” rock crusher in 35 feet of water
  • Sunken bus and boats at 38 – 42 feet of water
  • Private primitive campsites
  • Hiking Trails up to Fantasy Lake Mountain , “highest point in Wake County”.
  • Management on site.
  • No fishing, swimmers, pets, or children. Scuba Divers and guest only.
  • Scuba divers may bring guests for camping, sunbathing and hiking

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JustAnthony - 3/12/2019 10:19 PM
Rating Added: 3
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RandyG - 8/13/2018 10:12 AM
I went scuba diving here on 8/11/2018. Average viz: 5-10ft/2-3m. Water temp: 76-80°F/24-27°C.
Good dive. Visibility was good from 0 - 20 feet. Below 20 visibility reduced down to about 5 feet. There are many things to see. The ropes make it easier to navigate. There is plenty of parking and many entry points.
This is always a great dive.
MattEstheimer - 6/04/2018 6:48 AM
I went scuba diving here on 5/27/2017. Average viz: 16-20ft/5-6m. Water temp: 61-65°F/16-18°C.
Gotta get at least one dive this year!
fletch944t - 9/25/2017 5:37 AM
Rating Added: 3
Did two 1+ hour dives here on 09/09/17 with a group of folks who normally dive with Gypsy Divers out of Raleigh. The maximum surface temperature was 84°F and the lowest temperature we saw below the thermocline was 69°F.

To me, the most notable thing about Fantasy Lake is its sheer size. By far the largest quarry I’ve dived to date. A surface swim across the quarry and back would be difficult at best. And, most folks couldn’t make an across and back transit underwater on one tank of air.

There’s lost of stuff remaining from the days when it was a working quarry. And, the owners have placed a lot of stuff in the quarry to make it more interesting. There’s a bus, a couple of airplanes, cars, etc. It’s all concentrated on the parking area side of the quarry as far as I can tell.

The visibility in quarries and lakes in general isn’t going to be great. However, according to some folks who dive there a lot, the visibility was particularly poor that day. I called it about 10 feet. It did improve dramatically below the thermocline. For me, 10 feet is fairly normal for a quarry dive.

Currently, the fee for Fantasy Lake is $20/day.
Colliam7 - 9/11/2017 9:10 AM
I dove Fantasy Lake on 9/9,10 2017. Visibililty was very poor (4-5 ft). Water temperature was quite comfortable (75 - 80 degrees) above 35 feet (i.e. most / all of the shallow areas), but there was a sharp thermocline at 37 feet. Temperature at 60 feet was 55 degrees.
Colliam7 - 5/19/2017 12:31 PM
Rating Added: 4
FLSP is a good place to dive, and to teach diving. It has a rather extensive shallow to moderate depth ([60ft) area, and there is a lot to see. The lake is a vibrant marine ecosystem - no, you won’t see pellagics, lionfish, eels, etc. but, the bass, brim, catfish are numerous, and they are actively reproducing, so there are lots of fish to see. Vis is variable. In the late summer / early fall of 2016, there was a 6 week period when the water went remarkably clear (40+ft) at a time when the algae bloom should have been obscuring everything. Yet, in early 2017, when the cold water should have been killing off the algae, the vis has been 15ft. Go figure. :)

There is no air, the facilities are rudimentary (and not in particularly great repair, except where users have pitched in to fix things up). But, it is a great site for a dive outing, you can camp there overnight, have cook-outs, etc. Worth a visit.
jimenycricket - 2/13/2017 8:15 PM
Rating Added: 4
Great quarry for maintaining skills.
cwilson - 1/09/2017 2:18 PM
Rating Added: 3
Went here to knock out a deep dive for my advanced cert. Vis was horrible that day, maybe 10 feet tops. Seems like a nice place though.
Coptrainer - 9/04/2016 11:17 AM
I went scuba diving here on 7/2/2016. Average viz: 31-35ft/9-11m. Water temp: 76-80°F/24-27°C.
Coptrainer - 9/04/2016 11:14 AM
I went scuba diving here on 7/7/2016. Average viz: 21-25ft/6-8m. Water temp: 81-85°F/27-29°C.
Coptrainer - 9/04/2016 11:11 AM
I went scuba diving here on 7/23/2016. Average viz: 16-20ft/5-6m. Water temp: 81-85°F/27-29°C.
Knobee - 8/30/2016 5:14 PM
I went scuba diving here on 8/28/2016. Average viz: 5-10ft/2-3m. Water temp: Over 85°F/29°C.
My first two "just for fun" dives as a PADI certified open water diver.
Knobee - 8/30/2016 5:05 PM
I went scuba diving here on 8/27/2016. Average viz: 5-10ft/2-3m. Water temp: 81-85°F/27-29°C.
Dives #3 & 4 for my PADI Open Water Certification. The viz may not have been great, but to get my last 2 certification dives finished was fantastic.
alko - 6/02/2016 4:05 PM
I went scuba diving here on 5/28/2016. Average viz: 16-20ft/5-6m. Water temp: 66-70°F/19-21°C.
Many bream on the beds by the beach and Entry 2 dock. Bream and bass are territorial now and will go after reflections on dive masks and camera lenses.
alko - 3/27/2016 1:36 PM
I went scuba diving here on 3/26/2016. Average viz: 11-15ft/3-5m. Water temp: 56-60°F/13-16°C.
First dive of the season at Fantasy Lake. Visibility is 15-20 feet in the shallows, 10-12 feet below 20 ffw. Temperature was 59 F at the surface and 51 F at 30 ffw. Saw a few bream and many bass. Some of the bass are acting territorial and gong after camera lenses.
topherwarden - 3/25/2016 3:02 PM
Has anyone dove this recently? I am looking to dive it sometime next week. If anyone wants to join, i will be there. Thanks!

Christopher Warden
706-304-9783
mikendebr1 - 10/31/2015 4:54 PM
I went scuba diving here on 10/24/2015. Average viz: 16-20ft/5-6m. Water temp: 66-70°F/19-21°C.
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mikendebr1 - 10/31/2015 4:51 PM
I went scuba diving here on 10/10/2015. Average viz: 5-10ft/2-3m. Water temp: 71-75°F/22-24°C.
GreggS - 9/21/2015 7:07 PM
I went scuba diving here on 9/20/2015. Average viz: Under 5ft/2m. Water temp: 71-75°F/22-24°C.
mikendebr1 - 7/28/2015 5:17 PM
I went scuba diving here on 6/28/2015. Average viz: 11-15ft/3-5m. Water temp: 61-65°F/16-18°C.
Huge Rock crusher; While going out look at things behind you so you know what they look like coming back the other direction!