A few favorite spots for Utah scuba divers

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Scuba diving in lakes and reservoirs may not be the same as diving off the coast of an island, but even in a landlocked state like

Utah divers find ways to keep their scuba skills intact even while living in a landlocked state. Photo by Shazia Chiu
Utah divers find ways to keep their scuba skills intact even while living in a landlocked state. (Shazia Chiu)

Utah, divers can visit multiple spots to keep their skills sharp.

Here are few favorites from local divers:

1. The Homestead Crater — Midway

The Homestead Crater is a popular spot for beginning divers to have their first open-water dive. The Crater appears to be nothing but a tall mound of rock from the road, but beneath the mound, divers, snorkelers and swimmers are able to enjoy the clear, warm water.

The temperature constantly stays between 90–96 degrees Fahrenheit, so there is no need for wetsuits. Divers must make reservations in advance since it’s a popular dive spot, according to the Homestead Crater website.

Jessica Littlefield, a student from Grantsville studying broadcast journalism said that while many dive spots in Utah have trouble measuring up to ones in other areas, the crater is one of her favorite dives.

Dave Bennett, a computer science major from Draper, compared the crater to a “giant hot tub.”

“The Crater is where I got certified, and [diving there] is a lot of fun,” Bennett said.

2. Bear Lake — Utah/Idaho Border

Bear Lake — called the “Caribbean of the Rockies” by some divers because of its bright blue water — is a popular spot for Utah scuba enthusiasts. Because it’s in a remote area, it’s often uncrowded and quiet. Bear Lake is especially popular since fish can thrive there, unlike at the Crater, where the water is too hot.

“Bear Lake is a bit more fun [than other spots] because you have a chance of seeing a bit more life,” Bennett said.

For divers who love exploring wrecks, Bear Lake has its own wreck called the “Car Lot.” The Car Lot is a pile of old cars that was placed in the lake about 80 years ago to create an artificial reef.

3. Bonneville Seabase — Grantsville

Known simply as “Seabase,” local divers enjoy this spot because it’s filled with unique undersea creatures. People who have dived here said they spotted multiple types of fish as well as harmless nurse sharks. Seabase is also naturally warm, so divers can observe fish for long periods of times without getting cold.

Divers said it’s important to plan ahead when diving at Seabase since it’s only open at certain times and on certain days of the year.

For Utah divers who want to see other dive spots Utah has offer, a comprehensive list is available here. 

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