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Most common place to dive in this lake is Marietta Landing in the southwest park of the lake.

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Jayfarmlaw - 12 days 11 hours ago.
Dove Marietta Landing 8-7-18, water was warm down to about 28 feet. My computer said 92 degrees, but I don’t trust it. Vis was normal OK lake vis, 3-4 feet. There were a few pockets that were better below the thermocline, but some worse above. Saw a huge carp while tying off my flag, a few small bass, several non aggressive perch. Worked the bank about 100 yards in each direction, finished up running the line from the first boat/platform, big boat, platform and back. Did find the gargoyle. Fun dive with a friend that drove up from Dallas. Would love to hear about other points to dive...with easier entries.
BillParker - 6/13/2018 8:37 PM
I went scuba diving here on 6/13/2018. Average viz: 11-15ft/3-5m. Water temp: 71-75°F/22-24°C.
I saw blue channel cat, bass, drum, carps, crawfish hotels, and little bitty fishes of unknown species. The park was cleaner than I’ve ever seen it. Maybe they got a budget increase for picking up trash.
tenball - 8/15/2017 12:58 PM
I went scuba diving here on 8/13/2017. Average viz: Under 5ft/2m. Water temp: 81-85°F/27-29°C.
I had fun .No other divers but plenty of boats on lake.Had lunch at new lodge.Visibility was horrible but on the other hand I had Marietta landing all to myself.
tenball - 9/25/2016 12:29 AM
I went scuba diving here on 9/24/2016. Average viz: Under 5ft/2m. Water temp: 71-75°F/22-24°C.
nice dive vis under 5ft in places.Marietta landing not crowded.Lake getting a little trash under water.Did not see any fishies.Saw about 4 or 5 other divers
tenball - 8/31/2016 5:31 PM
Sat, July 9, 2016.nice dive lots of hazards and partygoers.Got to keep an eye out.
msauto - 7/30/2016 1:29 PM
I dove here 7/20/16 for my last OW cert dive viz was 10-15 ft thermocline at 26 ft and as Bill said cold as heck below thermocline so much so that my instructor and i turned back because we were in shorts and tshirt.
There is a nice underwater platform and line laid out for classes which are held most every weekend. If you want good viz come on a weekday or get here early on the weekend.
According to my instructor there is a lot to see in this lake in different spots he has been doing classes here for aprox 15 years. Not sure where but somewhere near here there is a metal cutout of a shark that a freind of his made and planted and looks real until you get close just can’t remember where but i will surely find it and post back.
BillParker - 7/31/2016 1:22 PM
The shark sculptute is ~150 yards west of the steel tower on the south side of the lake. There are four boats near the shark. Some call that area Sharky’s Cove but I haven’t seen anyone there in two years. It’s my favorite place on the lake.
BillParker - 7/06/2016 10:29 PM
I went scuba diving here on 7/6/2016. Average viz: 16-20ft/5-6m. Water temp: Over 85°F/29°C.
We dove in the area west of the steel tower on the south side of the lake. Thermocline 15ft. Viz is still good above the thermocline. Below the thermocline the viz has improved since my last visit and is divable but just barely. It’s freezing cold below the thermocline but 80sF above it.
halligan903 - 6/26/2016 10:14 PM
I went scuba diving here on 6/24/2016. Average viz: 16-20ft/5-6m. Water temp: 76-80°F/24-27°C.
great visibility shallow.
BillParker - 6/22/2016 9:03 PM
I went scuba diving here on 6/22/2016. Average viz: 16-20ft/5-6m. Water temp: 81-85°F/27-29°C.
At the area between the steel tower and the house boat conditions were pretty good. The thermocline was around 15ft. Above the thermocline the water is so warm you don’t need a wet suit. Viz was good above the thermocline. Below the thermocline it’s basically undivable at the moment. I saw 100s of fish of all sizes and two of the largest fresh water turtles I ever saw. The hydrilla is thankfully still dead so the shallow areas are accessible.
BillParker - 11/10/2015 6:27 PM
I went scuba diving here on 11/10/2015. Average viz: 11-15ft/3-5m. Water temp: 66-70°F/19-21°C.
Despite a sunny day I shortened the first dive and cancelled the second dive because I didn’t feel like toughing out the cooling water. The vis has taken a down turn since my last visit as well. It looks like they had some rain recently that muddied the water a little. By the time it settles out the water will be even cooler. I guess that’s it for this season. :-( I’ll miss those 90 minute warm water dives.
BillParker - 10/28/2015 5:47 AM
I went scuba diving here on 10/27/2015. Average viz: 16-20ft/5-6m. Water temp: 66-70°F/19-21°C.
The water has cooled off some but it’s not too late to get some dives in. All you need is clear skies and sunshine to warm up between dives. A propane heater helps when the trees block the sun. Diving on cloudy days is always a bad idea and worse idea the cooler the water. The first dive I roamed between the entrance and the steel tower. Near the tower I saw a small anchor and some rope. It was clean like it hadn’t been there very long. And it wasn’t tangled up in anything like they usually are. It was as if someone set it down there intentionally. I didn’t pick it up because I didn’t feel like lugging it over 100 yards under water at that moment. Shortly after I discovered a single jet fin with a spring strap. Nice. I pulled my mesh bag out and collected it and started picking up the usual beer cans/bottles. And then I discovered a small trash can lid labeled "Search & Recovery 3" and "Fire Fight Underwater Recovery". Interesting. The steel tower was where a diver died a few months ago during a training exercise. I now know the class was a search and recovery class. The anchor and trash can were part of the class and placed there as items for the student to search for. The fin was probably from the now deceased diver. The second dive I roamed between the entrance and the house boat and collected a bag of various trash. Bass are usually very shy but this time large ones were following me around hoping to eat what ever I disturbed from it’s hiding hole. Awhile back I noticed how large some of the zebra mussels are getting. I didn’t notice the largest ones have died for some unknown reason. It was a good day at the lake with two more fun dives.
ram04769 - 10/28/2015 5:59 AM
It sounds like you had a great and interesting time, Bill. I wish I lived closer because I’d love to join you on some of your dives. I just completed my AOW certification and am thinking about going back down for my Wreck and NITROX certifications in mid February.
BillParker - 10/28/2015 6:52 AM
You don’t need those cards. There’s plenty of water in Maine. Go explore it and see what’s there.
BillParker - 10/17/2015 6:32 PM
I went scuba diving here on 10/17/2015. Average viz: 16-20ft/5-6m. Water temp: 71-75°F/22-24°C.
I finished my 300th dive today and I still have lots of things I want to do. Yet another anchor and a bag of 1970s beer cans recovered. If I had kept all the anchors I found I could open my own boat shop. It’s starting to cool off but conditions finally improved enough we could go 60ft for the first time since April before the epic Spring rains started.
BillParker - 10/07/2015 8:21 PM
I went scuba diving here on 10/7/2015. Average viz: 36-40ft/11-12m. Water temp: 76-80°F/24-27°C.
It’s really good now at Lake Murray above the thermocline. I saw numerous schools of fish and a 2’ turtle. I had no idea turtles there got that big. The cleanup of Sharky’s Cove is almost completed. When I started cleaning it up I could descend just a few feet right next to the entrance and fill a bag in two minutes. Today it took 39 minutes to sweep a LARGE area to fill up a bag. The entrance looked like a trash dump a few months ago. Now I’d have to get a vacuum cleaner and suck the algae off the rocks to make it any better.
ram04769 - 10/07/2015 11:09 PM
Sounds like you’re a one man army trying to clean the place up. I’m sure that others are noticing the improvement thanks to your efforts. Keep up the great work!
BillParker - 10/08/2015 1:24 PM
I get help sometimes but most of it I did myself. Very few people are interested in freshwater dives.
BillParker - 7/25/2015 8:19 PM
I went scuba diving here on 7/25/2015. Average viz: 11-15ft/3-5m. Water temp: 76-80°F/24-27°C.
The vis wasn’t bad in the area from the dam to the steel tower as long as you stayed above the thermocline. Below the thermocline is was still terrible. Lots of fish were observed. A large bag of trashed was filled mostly from the steel tower area.
Jayfarmlaw - 7/06/2015 2:09 AM
7-5-15 Lake Murray dive report. Sucks. Vis was less than 3 feet. Temp was a relatively comfortable 77 on the surface. Wife and daughter dove with no wetsuit. Getting there from OKC is a nightmare. Take the exit at the fried pie place...I think 54 and go through turner falls and stay on 77 South. The rock slides still have 35 shut down leading to miles of backup. There is also construction in Ardmore doing the same. Backup was 3 miles long. Lake was high so the path of death to the water was not as bad as usual. Water still flowing over the spillway by a couple of inches. About a dozen people swimming so they had it stirred up pretty good but never got any better. Tied my dive flag off to the sunken boat and could not tell what it was at first. Seems like it was canted over on one side since last year.
Jayfarmlaw - 7/06/2015 2:14 AM
Marietta Landing Scuba Park....
BillParker - 7/08/2015 1:36 PM
I never dive from Marietta Landing Campgound because the scuba classes and swimmers always stir up the silt.
rubegoldy - 11/09/2014 1:56 AM
I went scuba diving here on 11/1/2014. Average viz: 11-15ft/3-5m. Water temp: 71-75°F/22-24°C.
My first location (Marietta Landing) and logged dive. I visited during a NAUI scuba diver certification weekend affiliated with University Scuba International, so I mainly worked on equipment, emergency, and navigation fundamentals with my classmates. After training, we followed the hydrilla along the contours and saw plenty of perch and bass. Can’t wait to go deeper next time and figure out how to map.
BillParker - 10/17/2014 7:43 PM
I went scuba diving here on 10/17/2014. Average viz: 11-15ft/3-5m. Water temp: 66-70°F/19-21°C.
I finally got to explore a place on Lake Murray that’s been on my list since last year. It’s on the south side between the dam and the MLC(Marietta Landing Campgound) road entrance. There’s no neon sign just a crude turn off where 3-4 cars could park if you’re careful. If you don’t drive slow you’ll probably miss it unless there are already cars parked there. There are three distinctive rocks that block your path and a fire pit right next to them. The path to the water was easier than MLC’s. The water entrance is slightly west of the line of NO WAKE buoys you can see from the MLC water entrance. I have dove from MLC many times but I haven’t been very far West of those buoys. From the obvious water entrance I puttered west for about 45 minutes at depths from 20-38 feet. I came back between 10-20 feet. There were no dramatic cliffs like you see between the dam and Sharky’s Cove. The terrain alternated between steeply sloped rocks to mud and more steeply sloped rocks. The vis wasn’t bad above 30 feet. 10 feet at least I’d say. The vis was so bad below 30 feet or so you almost needed to feel your way so I didn’t explore much of that. There were plenty of bass, carp, catfish, perch, drum, and buffalo carp to play with. Lots of hydrilla above 15 feet clogged the shallows. I found one of those holes catfish like to hide in. My lowest temp observed was 68F. There didn’t seem to be that much trash underwater but I still filled a mesh bag with mostly drink containers. There was plenty of space near the water to setup a day camp. Lots of trees and natural shady spots too. I liked this spot. People don’t seem to go there much. I think it’s a good pace to go when other spots are too crowded.
Jayfarmlaw - 10/04/2014 9:21 PM
Dove today 10-4-14 and last Sunday as well. Surface temp dropped from 79 to 74. Visibility a little less from 10 feet to about 7. Went to 40 ft and temp dropped to 72. Limited vis after 20 feet. Very calm, had the place all to ourselves except for some campers. Still a great place to blow some bubbles and easier to get to than Tenkiller from OKC. Great dive with my 13 year old daughter!
BillParker - 9/23/2014 5:47 PM
I went scuba diving here on 9/23/2014. Average viz: 21-25ft/6-8m. Water temp: 71-75°F/22-24°C.
After a murky summer Lake Murray is finally back in business. The vis today was superb. There was better vis today than CSSP has seen all year. At 20+ feet deep I could see the waves on the surface easily. Temps are in the 70s above the thermocline. I didn’t bother going any deeper. My 2.5 mm shorty was adequate for 70 and 80 minute dives. Lots of fish were active including a couple of whoppers. The crappy vis this summer has slowed the hydrilla growth this year. In sharky’s cove I found all four wrecks easily. Only the cabin cruiser was engulfed. The other three had no growth. The same time last year all four were covered. We picked up a few hundred cans that must have weighed over 100 pounds and mucked it up a bit at the end both dives. I also pulled my sixth anchor that I know wasn’t there a few months ago. There was no line attached. There are still some knuckle dragging boaters out there that don’t know how to tie a knot. I found a king sized mattress at 15ft. It’s a mystery to me how some of this stuff gets out there. I want to recover it in the future.
utmark - 6/19/2016 6:14 PM
Was this the same mattress you found? youtube.com/watch?v=5hXgd1Ulmvk
BillParker - 6/19/2016 11:41 PM
From your description of the location (near the spillway) probably not. When you say spillway I’m assuming where the water flows out and over 77S. Mine was last seen last year about 10ft deep a few feet from what I call the cliff entrance. Cliff is about midway between the steel tower and wreck cove (has four wrecks including a houseboat). Murray is big enough for more than one mattress. Another mystery why it’s there.
okcadam - 9/05/2014 10:41 AM
I went scuba diving here on 9/4/2014. Average viz: 11-15ft/3-5m. Water temp: 76-80°F/24-27°C.
Nice day at the lake, spent time picking up underwater trash and there was a lot

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