Dive Sites

Lake 2


Louisville State Recreation Area is located off Highway 50 at Louisville, NE alongside the Platte River. Lake 2 has a designated swimming area and beach. Normally scuba divers are required to stay at least 200 ft. away from swimming areas however divers may enter the water to the right of the beach area as per one of the park rangers. A dive flag float is required. Fish sightings in the lake have included lots of catfish, blue gill, crappie, largemouth and smallmouth bass, and carp. Visibility has been up to 10-15 ft. A Nebraska State Park permit is required.

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Sandy Channel


Sandy Channel State Recreation Area is just 1.5 miles from the Elm Creek interchange in the south central part of Nebraska. Sandy Channel is a 134-acre area next to the Platte River. It's designated a state recreation area but no permit is required to enter. The numerous lakes that comprise the site are pits pumped for sand and gravel during construction of I-80. Divers should take care not to stir up the muddy and sandy bottom. Local divers help keep the area clean.

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Atlantic Quarry


The Atlantic Quarry is an old pit mine owned by Schildberg Construction http://www.schildberg.com/. The quarry is a great place to have fun with some local diving. Many dive shops, and public safety dive teams use the quarry for training and certification dives. Visibility varies greatly depending on local weather conditions but average visibility is usually around 10-15 feet. Storms usually tend to stir things up and the visibility can be reduced to a few feet or even inches. The fish in the quarry are extremely friendly.

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