Scuba & Archery Center Inc. operates a full-service Dive Shop that can handle all your diving needs. Whether you’re looking to purchase new gear, take your first Open Water Certification class, need repairs/service on your gear, looking for a dive group to travel with, or just need rental gear and some advice on the best spots to go on Lake Ouachita, they will have you taken care of! They also offer excursions on their charter dive boat “Diversion.”
For more information call 501-760-1500 or visit their website http://www.scuba-archery.com
More on Diving in Lake Ouachita
Lake Ouachita is Arkansas largest lake lying 10 miles West of Hot Springs on Hwy 270. It covers 31 square miles with 1000 miles of shoreline. It’s surrounded by the green hillsides of the Ouachita National Forrest and is rated by the EPA as one of the cleanest lakes in the nation. Visibility ranges from 6 to 8 feet on the West end of the lake in the mountain Harbor area to a pristine 15 to 20 foot of visibility in the central portions of the lake in the Brady Mountain Resort area.
Those visibilities, of course, vary from year to year but are a realistic average. Those are also above the thermocline. Once you go through the thermocline (anywhere from 16 to 25 feet deep year to year) you’ll change from a surface temp of up to 90 to 70 degree at the thermocline and then 6 inches deeper it’s 55 degrees and progressively cooler the deeper you go. While it gets cooler, it also gets much clearer, up to 40 feet at times of horizontal visibility. Standing on the bottom at 50 feet divers have at times been able to look up and see the boat hull. The lake carries a number of species of freshwater fish (all legal for spear fishing June 15 through March 15) Bass, Crappie, Walleye, White & Striped Bass, Catfish, Bream, and an assortment of rough fish.