The quarry is closed to the general public. This site is only used for scuba diving training and kayak/canoe instruction.
Access to the quarry for kayakers/canoers is managed by the Virginia Outdoor Center.The Scuba Shack on Wallace St. is the primary go-to for divers. Both businesses are within close proximity to the site.
The quarry itself (affectionately called "Rappahannock Del Sol" by locals) has about a 5-acre water surface area. Visually stunning and picturesque granite walls encircle it, and gradually slope down from a high point of 120’ above the water surface. There are 5 underwater platforms, and several submerged attractions such as boats, a bus, a couple cars, and a van. It averages around 32’ deep, with a maximum depth of 40’ around the middle. Visibility can change drastically based on weather and time of the year, but averages around 15’. There is a pronounced thermocline, so thick wetsuits and drysuits are recommended. You may see bluegill and bass, and a species of freshwater eel if you’re lucky.
A diver recently saw what he claimed to be an albino eel. Other divers have confirmed that there is one in the quarry, but it is rarely seen.
As mentioned before, divers need to work with The Scuba Shack to gain access to the quarry. Ralph Clark is the dive shop owner and primary contact. He is under contractual obligation with the quarry owner (Silver Companies) to limit the main use of the quarry to diving instruction and certification.
Ralph does allow occasional "fun dives" when he opens the quarry during special events such as "Dive Against Debris", or a New Years Day dive weekend. Call the shop (540-373-1030) if you have questions, or you can visit their website calendar (scubashackva.com/Calendar.htm