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This former quarry has much to offer. The access point is a short albeit steep walk on a paved path from the parking lot. Visibility is typically around 10’, sometimes better, but is worse following heavy rains. There is no public access for trailered boats, and gasoline powered motors are prohibited by ordinance, so the only boat traffic is canoes, kayaks, and lakeshore owners with electric motors.

A permit from the Apple Valley parks department is required to scuba dive. There is no fee except for instructors who are using the lake for teaching.

The lake has enormous numbers of bluegills and quite a few pumpkinseeds, crappies, and largemouth bass. I’ve seen smallmouth bass on rare occasion. Great lake for a night dive. At night it’s easy to see northern pike, bullheads, and catfish.

There is a dive platform, a birdbath, and some rock cairns that have been placed by divers over the years.

Most of the diving is in the northeast bay. The main part of the lake is slightly deeper and has less fish life, and isn’t readily accessible.

The beach access on the western side is in the shallows and it’s a long fight through the weeds out to deeper water. Avoid it.

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2airishuman - 10/05/2016 2:34 PM
Rating Added: 4
Better viz than most Minnesota lakes. Lake varies from one season to the next. Many fish. Good for a night dive also.

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