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Possum Kingdom Reservoir - Caddo TX


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Great diving in the right places the "wall" is a 140 foot vertical drop with 35-40 ft viz, fish everywhere and amazing shoreline. This borders on an altitude dive as the water is maintained at the 1000 ft level but it does rise 20-30 feet for a while in the early spring.


One of the oldest inland scuba diving destinations in Texas , Possum Kingdom Reservoir attracts multitudes of divers each year as a training ground for new divers in the clear waters of the lake. It’s also a popular treasure-hunting site.



About 75 miles (120 km) west of Fort Worth in the Palo Pinto Mountains of North Central Texas, the reservoir emerged after the construction of the Morris Sheppard Dam in 1941, which was built to help control the flooding of the historic Brazos River and provide hydropower to the region. The narrow lake follows the winding, snakelike path of the river for 65 miles (104 km) with about 17,700 acres (7,080 hectares) of water, but the deep waters closest to the dam, with its clear visibility, is what attracts divers.



"Most of the lake in the upper portion is shallow with low visibility, but the closer you get to the dam, the more exceptional the diving, with visibility ranging up to 100 feet (30 m)," says Todd Burns of Scuba Point Dive Shop, which has operated as a training site and air fill station on the lake since 1959. Among the key features of the lower section of lake for divers are the sheer rock walls with numerous cutouts and caves bordering the former river valley, Burns says.



Other Links:

http://www.dtmag.com/dive-usa/locations/PossumKingdomTX.html

http://www.divebuddy.com/divesite/1248/scuba-point-possum-kingdom-lake-tx/

Comments

angus21 - 8/30/2016 4:45 PM
Rating Added: 4
Been a while but have dove here often back in the day.
BillParker - 9/14/2014 2:12 PM
I went scuba diving here on 9/13/2014. Average viz: Under 5ft/2m. Water temp: 81-85°F/27-29°C.
We did a treasure dive (trash pickup) in the Hell’s Gate area of the lake. With my buddy we found two bags of mostly cans and bottles. After I lost my buddy since the vis was so low I filled three more bags and pulled up a boat wind shield. We had a scenic tour of the lake in the process. Afterwards we headed to the Inland Diver’s Association lake front property and they fed us brisket and smoked chicken. The vis wasn’t great but PK is a pleasant place to hang out when you’re out of the water.

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