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Rappahannock Quarry - Fredericksburg VA

This quarry is closed to the general public.
If you are a dive instructor, are part of dive team, or are an individual with a dive business of some kind, then you need to contact Bill Micks of the Virginia Outdoor Center in order to get a quarry pass. You will be required to provide dive certification, present a business purpose for using the quarry, and possess dive insurance.


Milcopk9 - 9/20/2016 10:37 AM
Rating Added: 3
Good Training
Airworks - 5/14/2016 6:11 AM
Three local dive shops participated in a Dive Against Debris event at the Rappahannock Quarry on Saturday, May 7. I joined in and was able to collect and extract 10 lbs of trash. Among the items were a diver’s mask, a decayed flotation device, and an arrow with its 15" shaft protruding vertically in the muck bottom.
The viz was unusually good at around 25’. There are several beautiful rock formations toward the middle of the quarry that I had never seen before. Water temp at 35’ was 47f.
Korps - 5/18/2016 1:59 PM
Glad to heare you were able to join. I’m an AI for Patriot Scuba, one of the shops who sponsored the Dive Against Debris. I was at the Rapp both days this past weekend and continue to find more stuff, usually left by the kids and hikers/runners who pass though. Patriot Scuba has adopted the Rappahannock Quarry for Dive Against Debris and will be doing more dives to clean it up.
InterstateDiveGuide - 5/11/2016 12:44 PM
Rating Added: 3
It’s cold with a distinct thermocline, but it’s a great location for training open water divers. Vis is just good enough to see a full open water class, and the bottom is not too silty.
Airworks - 1/29/2016 7:49 AM
Generally good diving. Gets pretty cold (44 degrees F) at the thermocline, and the viz is unpredictable. If you find the bus, there’s a mannequin with dive gear lying flat on the bottom right at the door. Can be a shocker for the unprepared.
The quarry is surrounded by large trees, and over time several branches and limbs have broken off, fallen into the water, and sunk to the bottom. They form ghostly and cool images underwater, but present potential entanglement hazards.
The cliff walls and granite rock formations are spectacular.
nomad-diver - 9/04/2015 11:34 PM
City of Fredericksburg controls access ... you can dive here working through Patriot Scuba ( and the Scuba Shack ( Two gates to get in, you must be with one of the dive shops. Dirt trail down to the water ... if you drive a compact car you won’t make it. Viz varies widely, 5-30’ depending on weather and season. Lots of artifacts sunk in the quarry (eg, platforms, boats, cars, and a bus) and good rock walls almost all the way around. Entry point is a rock and sand ramp from beach level down to 20’. Quarry is shallow, not more than 50’ at the deepest point. Lots of gills and sunfish. Great place to just swim and look around.
TamVA - 8/13/2015 1:44 PM
I went scuba diving here on 5/13/2015.
Love this shop. Nice dive, un-prepared for conditions, dive cut short. Will go back.
Korps - 8/18/2013 4:30 AM
I went scuba diving here on 8/5/2013. Average viz: 5-10ft/2-3m. Water temp: 71-75°F/22-24°C.
Started my AOW here.

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