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Lake Crescent  |  USA: Pacific Northwest

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Pull-out at observation point
Lake Crescent - Port Angeles, WA

Type: Lake
Snorkling, Advanced
Access: Moderate Shore Entry
Parking: Limited

Ratings (1-5):
Reviews: 2
Enjoyment: 3
Visibility: 5
Current: 0
Aquatic Life: 4

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Fresh Water Sculpin
Fresh Water Sculpin
Pull Out
Divers on the Wall
Clear Water!


Small Wreck, Wall, Large Rock Formation / Pinnacle


There are several locations where you can dive in this lake. It is known for its amazing visibility that can reach 80-100ft thanks to the lack of nitrogen that would allow algae (or plants) to grow Öthat and the 160+ foot tall vertical walls. WOW! The wall is most impressive as you head west from the pullout. In the lake there isnít much vegetation to speak of here. Creatures consist of a couple unique species of trout, a type of fresh water sculpin (I know, I didnít believe it either) and a few crawdads. There is a truck in 160 feet of water at this location in the lake. Other vehicles can be found at other sites around the lake, including one that was the final resting place of a couple that drowned in an accident here. If you find it please show respect.

Special Restrictions:

Be careful in watching your depth and deco time. The clear water makes it easy to get way deeper than you think. Also, remember to drop some weight when diving in fresh water or you could find yourself sinking to a bottomless lake in a hurry!

How to get there:

Take HWY 101 west from Port Angeles. After about 13 miles the lake will be on the right. You can dive any of the public beaches, or the numerous pullouts along the Highway next to the lake. We dive at the first big pullout as you head west. This pullout can be identified by some trees in a rock retaining-walled circle right before crossing a small bridge. There are two signs with info about the lake. You can hop in and swim toward the bridge, and descend down the cliff face to pretty much whatever depth you like.

Thanks to Slobert for submitting this site!
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John R9/13/2009Rating: 2
We did this as a fresh water rinse dive after two days on the Diamond Knot and at Salt Creek. We launched the boat at the ramp and anchored near the swimming area. The water was a warm 65 degrees. Great viz but nothing to see. The most interesting sights were the babes in boats that stooped by and asked us if we saw anything .

ChevaYEA9/12/2007Rating: 4
I dove this site on a return trip from Salt Creek. It is a fantastic experience to dive with that kind of visibility (and a nice clean freshwater rinse). The wall is incredibly tall. We dove to about 120ft down a cascading cliff wall and couldnít even see where the bottom might be. I didnít see any life at all during the first portion of the dive until I started to look really close to the wall, then sure enough there were some little fish hiding out in the rocks and many crawfish. We kicked up some silt on a ledge and a few trout came swimming up to see what was going on. I didnít drop enough weight before my dive and it was a little un-nerving when we got deep. I didnít get down to see any of the wrecked cars (160ft is a long way down and I was too heavy). Iíll have to save that for next time!


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