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Utah Dive Sites: Homestead Crater

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

Crater(981.3K)       Crater opening(985.5K)

Homestead Crater

Most people wouldn't call the Homestead Crater a lake. It is more like diving in a giant Jacuzzi, with you supplying the bubbles. The Homestead Resort, home of the crater, is in Midway, Utah. They have a nice hotel and restaurant. It is a very scenic area on the east side of the Wasatch Mountains, about a 50 minute drive from Salt Lake City, Utah. Take I-80 and go east up Parley's Canyon. Take Exit 148 and travel onto Interstate 40 to the first traffic light. There is a sign pointing to the right that points the way to Midway. Follow the signs to the Homestead Resort.

The water in the crater stays in the low to mid-nineties. The altitude is 6,000 feet. The visibility can be good if previous divers haven't stirred up the silt on the walls and bottom. The visibility is typically 20-25 feet. Crater openingThe crater is lit up to a degree, however unless diving at mid-day when the sun is shining through the crater opening it is pretty dark, so bring a dive light. The bottom of the crater is 65 feet, however the divers are supposed to stay off the bottom. There is a wagon wheel hanging in the water at 35 feet. Not much to see and a little pricey, however a unique place to absorb some N2 in the winter. Reservations are required to snorkel or dive in the crater. The phone number for the Homestead Resort is 1-800-327-7220.

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