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Utah Dive Sites: Blue Lake

This lake is considered an altitude dive --- which requires an Altitude Table used in conjunction with your dive tables.

Blue Lake

Blue Lake(712.1K)       Blue Lake(532.5K)

Blue Lake is a geothermal lake south of Wendover, Nevada. You travel 17 miles south of Wendover. Bluelake road signThen look for the sign for the turn off that says "Blue Lake", and then take a dirt road about 6 miles east. The lake is in Utah. Blue Lake is used a lot during the colder seasons of the year for diving classes. Weekends are pretty busy. There is a fine silt on the bottom that can get stirred up with all the new students who haven't developed good neutral buoyancy skills. The parking lot is about 100 yards from the lake, and you must walk through a partial swamp to get there. A board walk has been made to help in walking out to the lake. Now that I have said all that --- Blue Lake isn't that bad to dive in. There are two platforms in the lake that are used to pass off diving skills. The blue gill will swim up to you and expect a handout. There are also bass in the lake and a small boat on the bottom. Someone has made some large metal sculptures and sunk them in the lake. You can see a hammerhead shark, turtle, rhinoceros, and an ant.

The best time of the year to dive in Blue Lake is in the fall on a week day. The algae is finished blooming, the bugs are gone (there are many horse flies and mosquitoes in the summer), there are no students to stir the water up, and the vis can get up to 50 feet. Blue Lake has no facilities. It used to have a couple of outhouses, however some vandals took care of them.

The hot pots on the bottom of the lake are pretty cool to see. You can almost see the warm water oozing through the course sand. The hot pots are on the bottom of the lake at 58 feet. The temperature on the bottom of the lake is about 80 degrees, and the surface temperature is in the low 70's. It can be a pretty fun lake to dive in. The GPS coordinates for the parking lot at Blue Lake are N 40° 30.142' W 114° 02.204'. The altitude is 4267 feet.

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You know you are there when you see the parking lot and the boardwalk leading to the lake. (There really is a lake out there somewhere!)

Blue Lake Parking lot(762.3K)       Boardwalk to Blue Lake(739.7K)

There are blue gill and bass in the lake. The blue gill surround divers on the platforms waiting for a hand out.

Diver on platform with Blue Gill(709.9K)       Diver on platform with Blue Gill(614.5K)
Fish in lake grass(815.2K)

Hammerhead shark, turtle, rhinoceros, and an ant.

hammerhead shark(729.7K)       turtle(723.9K)
rhinoceros(564.9K)       ant(736.3K)

Some of the many hot pots.

hot pot(812.8K)       hot pot(814.4K)
hot pot(758.7K)       hot pot(816.1K)

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