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Martha’s Quarry - Lebanon TN

F red Massie has operated Martha’s Quarry as a dive site for 12 years, trying his best to preserve the water and surrounding area as a haven for wildlife. No electricity is available at the site and the recent move to the East side of the quarry allows for tents/camping an much cooler dive prep with tree cover. But primitive is how Massie likes it. Still, Martha’s Quarry offers a dive site that is open weekends and by appointment. A frequent visitor is the Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency which trains employees and conducts experiments at the site. Divers will find the remnants of a once-thriving quarry, including a four-story rock crusher house and a three-story "shaker" house. In 55 feet of water sits a coach bus, and in other parts of the quarry are two pumphouses, a bluegill garden and a pickup truck. There are also two underwater forests located in the quarry.

Depths to: 60 feet (18 m)

Visibility: 30-40 feet (9-12 m)

Water temperature: 44 degrees Fahrenheit in winter and up to 88 degrees Fahrenheit (31 degrees Celsius) in summer

Marine life: Bluegill, sauger, spotted or "Kentucky" bass, koi, and catfish

Fees: $35 per diver per day or pick up a cheaper $20 card from local dive shops

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MrGuy - 6/03/2015 8:22 PM
I personally spoke with Fred a good while back about the quarry and he told me he’d sell it if he ever got a good offer... :( I specifically told him that he would disappoint a lot of people if he did. Oh the power of $$$.
Bogdahn6 - 5/06/2015 5:33 PM
A true waste. Heading to Heber Springs next weekend. Heard it was really nice and clear.
Vectornut - 5/05/2015 7:14 PM
Drove by today to check it out. Site is thoroughly gated off with multiple NO TRESPASSING signs. Someone is wasting this piece of property...
Vectornut - 4/20/2015 6:55 PM
Or I could go see if it is fenced off yet... :P
Vectornut - 4/20/2015 6:49 PM
I found the City of Lebanon parcel viewer. It appears the majority is owned by someone called the Vesta Corporation. The other two pieces are owned by Stone Lake, LLC and Burwell Bronwell. I wonder if I can send some emails and see if divers would still be allowed access...
Bogdahn6 - 4/17/2015 2:59 PM
Not a word. Really sad. I’ll try to Google around to see what the local town says.
Vectornut - 4/17/2015 2:30 PM
Any luck getting a call back from Fred? I’d like to hit Martha’s this summer. I heard a rumor he doesn’t own it anymore..I wonder who does...
Bogdahn6 - 4/10/2015 8:49 AM
Fred, I called and left a message. Haven’t heard back as of yet. My son and I want to come out and dive. Can we just come on out?
centuryryder - 3/18/2015 4:52 PM
I called the listed phone number yesterday (3-17-15) and left a voice mail message with my contact number. So far no reply.
MrGuy - 3/23/2015 8:07 AM
COME ON FRED! Get it together man! :) I say that we bombard his phone (I think I have his cell) in overwhelming numbers so he will work on getting Martha’s open
MrGuy - 3/16/2015 11:13 AM
Any word on Martha’s Quarry yet? Last summer I dove out at the ScubaNashville quarry (they have private quarry in Bellevue..had a blast), but wasn’t sure about Martha’s yet. I spent some time out at Percy Priest as well, but viz was not so wonderful. I live less than a mile from Percy and have a sailboat..soo... thinking about getting out there soon if anyone has any tips on locations to try (?)
WreckDiver01 - 3/17/2015 2:41 PM
I have dove Percy Priest out of Anderson Park area. Dove the area where boats hang out to look for treasure. Had good vis in middle of July.
jack32878 - 3/17/2015 7:25 PM
Never really been diving in Priest but if you decide to go I would be more than than happy to tag along as a buddy. I wouldn’t mind checking out Party Cove as WreckDiver01 mentioned, or really any place for that matter.
centuryryder - 9/17/2014 8:31 AM
Just talked to Fred and Martha’s Quarry is closed until spring of 2015.
WreckDiver01 - 9/17/2014 10:59 AM
Did he give a reason why? Too bad, this is like 30 minutes from my house. Looks like I will be diving Piercy Priest more
centuryryder - 9/18/2014 6:47 PM
What’s diving in Piercy Priest like?
WreckDiver01 - 9/30/2014 7:28 AM
Not bad. I dove it once, just hitting the popular areas where boats hang out and see what treasures you can find. You will want to avoid it when there is a lot of boat traffic, but other than that it was fine. Saw lots of fish and found a boat anchor and some fishing lures
jack32878 - 2/12/2015 6:58 AM
Let me know if you need a buddy to take a trip to priest again. I haven’t found anyone to dive with locally yet. In TX we used to go treasure hunting all the time and I would love to go again here.
finnfalco - 8/06/2014 1:10 PM
I went scuba diving here on 6/9/2012. Average viz: 11-15ft/3-5m. Water temp: 56-60°F/13-16°C.
Belizeit - 6/29/2014 9:50 AM
Madison is closed so far. City of Madison water board owns the quarry so there has to be a new lease every year before it opens. Nobody has come to agreement this year so far. I will post if they somehow come to an agreement and open up.
SmokeyMtnPoBoy - 6/22/2014 6:41 PM
philadelphia quarry is a little south of knoxville and a great spot to dive
Belizeit - 6/22/2014 2:52 PM
Not too familiar with the area. We drove up from Alabama and found a closed quarry :-( we couldn’t find anywhere else to dive on a quick notice.
Kickinsister - 6/22/2014 2:15 PM
That sucks I was going to go there for the Fourth of July for a dive. Any other dive spots in the area?
TigerMtn - 6/26/2014 3:28 AM
Pennyroyal in KY is about an hour north of Nashville.
Kickinsister - 6/28/2014 10:34 AM
Thanks, I’ll have try it
WreckDiver01 - 6/29/2014 7:46 AM
Yes, Pennyroyal is in Hopkinsville, KY. Hop on I-24. Good quarry and has deeper diving as well. More "play toys"! There is supposed to be another quarry real close to Martha’s called Madison Quarry. Not sure where it is or how good it is, but hope to soon!
TigerMtn - 6/29/2014 8:05 AM
Madison Quarry is down in Huntsville, AL but last time I called they had yet to open this year; something to do with county controlling access
Belizeit - 6/22/2014 2:13 PM
MARTHA’S IS CLOSED we were there on 6-22-2014 and a helpful gentleman told us out on the road that the quarry is closed due to a sell out!
Kickinsister - 6/21/2014 7:45 AM
Rating Added: 3
My first dive location.
sanityassassin - 3/15/2014 6:41 PM
Rating Added: 3
Pretty neat for a quarry dive...full of old equipment and buildings!
WreckDiver01 - 1/01/2014 7:00 PM
I went scuba diving here on 1/1/2014. Average viz: 26-30ft/8-9m. Water temp: Under 50°F/10°C.
Great dive to bring in the New Year! Water was 44 degrees, but was fine with my dry suit. Saw bass, bluegill and koi. It was a short dive as my "dry" gloves both sprung leak! Love the new set-up at Martha’s Quarry. The dive platforms are great and not too many stairs to get to the water.
RockRat2008 - 1/02/2014 5:59 AM
Glad to hear there is a new set up at Martha’s. I only dove there once this past year due to the setup. Maybe I’ll check it out again in the spring.
WreckDiver01 - 1/02/2014 2:53 PM
well it is new to me. Not sure how new it may be to you. It has been a couple of years since I was last there.
RockRat2008 - 1/02/2014 2:56 PM
Last time there was only 1 platform total so it must be new. :-)
WreckDiver01 - 1/02/2014 3:40 PM
Yeah there is one that is about 4 feet deep and then another at I believe 18 feet right below so you can check trim, bouancey, etc

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