Oregon Dive Sites https://www.oregondivesites.com Information on SCUBA diving sites throughout Oregon Sat, 28 Jul 2018 01:45:12 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.0.1 https://www.oregondivesites.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/cropped-oregon-scuba-flag-1-32x32.png Oregon Dive Sites https://www.oregondivesites.com 32 32 122630879 Indian Creek Campground https://www.oregondivesites.com/indian-creek-campground/ https://www.oregondivesites.com/indian-creek-campground/#respond Mon, 16 Jul 2018 22:47:42 +0000 http://www.oregondivesites.com/?p=844 Let’s face it: diving in the high desert of Southeast Oregon gets a bad rap.  It’s a long way from the closest SCUBA shop and compressor to this part of Oregon.  Viz in the summer can be nil.  There are only a few rocks and trout to look at underwater.  The list of complaints goes on and on. In spite of some of these shortcomings, Indian Creek Campground has some pretty awesome diving because of the island (usually a peninsula...

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McCormack Campground https://www.oregondivesites.com/mccormack-campground/ https://www.oregondivesites.com/mccormack-campground/#comments Mon, 16 Jul 2018 22:24:49 +0000 http://www.oregondivesites.com/?p=835 The McCormack Campground at Lake Owyhee is a good place to base for a few days of diving in this southeast Oregon high desert reservoir.  This dive site doesn’t have that interesting of topography but it still is worth a look.  You can launch a boat from here to explore the further reaches of the canyon as well. There are several other dive sites in the immediate vicinity including: Lake Owyhee Reservoir: At 52 miles long, this reservoir has a...

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Gordon Creek Park and Gordon Boat Ramp https://www.oregondivesites.com/gordon-creek-park-and-gordon-boat-ramp/ https://www.oregondivesites.com/gordon-creek-park-and-gordon-boat-ramp/#respond Mon, 16 Jul 2018 22:07:06 +0000 http://www.oregondivesites.com/?p=828 Gordon Creek Park and the Gordon Boat Ramp is a good place to check out Lake Owyhee with a nice shore dive.  Southeast Oregon lakes aren’t that great for SCUBA diving but if you’re coming from Boise or want to do something different than a dive along the Oregon Coast, this dive site is a reasonable choice.  The lake is high enough that altitude diving restrictions apply so do make sure to plan ahead.   When diving this site, be...

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Owyhee Lake Road Pull-Outs https://www.oregondivesites.com/owyhee-lake-road-pull-outs/ https://www.oregondivesites.com/owyhee-lake-road-pull-outs/#comments Mon, 16 Jul 2018 04:51:50 +0000 http://www.oregondivesites.com/?p=822 The two pullouts along Owyhee Lake Road south of the dam are a good place to get wet in Southeast Oregon.  While lake diving isn’t amazing and the sometimes stagnant water of Owyhee Lake can have very low viz in summer, there aren’t many options in this part of the world to go SCUBA diving.  The submerged canyon walls fall away from the shore quickly which makes for interesting topography to dive. There can be a lot of boat traffic...

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Lake Owyhee Reservoir https://www.oregondivesites.com/lake-owyhee-reservoir/ https://www.oregondivesites.com/lake-owyhee-reservoir/#comments Mon, 16 Jul 2018 04:14:42 +0000 http://www.oregondivesites.com/?p=816 Lake Owyhee Reservoir is a 52 mile long lake in the high desert of Southeast Oregon where hundreds of potential dive sites have never been explored by divers.  The canyon walls and valley make for interesting terrain to check out.  This is an altitude dive due to the elevation of the reservoir.  While diving in fresh water isn’t as interesting as all of the life in the ocean, Lake Owyhee is worthwhile to visit and dive if for no other...

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Waldport – Yaquina John Point https://www.oregondivesites.com/waldport-yaquina-john-point/ https://www.oregondivesites.com/waldport-yaquina-john-point/#respond Sun, 15 Jul 2018 04:42:52 +0000 http://www.oregondivesites.com/?p=806 The Yaquina John Point dive site at Waldport is a good place to go if you want to do some crabbing while on SCUBA.  It is not a good place to go if you are looking for decent visibility and benign conditions.  This dive site is best tackled at low tide so that you will be sucked up into the bay rather than pushed out to sea.  Be mindful to not bother the seals that sometimes haul out on the...

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Hammond Boat Basin South Jetty https://www.oregondivesites.com/hammond-boat-basin-south-jetty/ https://www.oregondivesites.com/hammond-boat-basin-south-jetty/#respond Thu, 26 Oct 2017 00:33:00 +0000 http://www.oregondivesites.com/?p=717 The south jetty at the Hammond Boat Basin is a good place to go diving if you’re in the general Astoria area and are interested in doing a little underwater hunting.  There is decent crabbing and spear fishing here.  The north and east sides of the jetty are exposed to the full force of the Columbia River where the current can really rip.  While the water is shallow near the base of the jetty, head north and things suddenly get...

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The Five Best Beginner SCUBA Diving Sites in Oregon https://www.oregondivesites.com/five-best-beginner-scuba-diving-sites-oregon/ https://www.oregondivesites.com/five-best-beginner-scuba-diving-sites-oregon/#respond Sat, 05 Aug 2017 06:00:48 +0000 http://www.oregondivesites.com/?p=679 Are you a freshly minted Open Water diver, having just completed an accredited Open Water SCUBA diving course?  Welcome to the SCUBA family!  You are probably now wondering where you can go practice your diving skills in the great state of Oregon.  We have compiled a list of what we think are the five best Beginner SCUBA diving sites in the entire Beaver state. As we continue to explore SCUBA diving sites in Oregon, we will periodically update this list....

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Umpqua River South Jetty and Triangle Jetty https://www.oregondivesites.com/umpqua-river-south-jetty-triangle-jetty/ https://www.oregondivesites.com/umpqua-river-south-jetty-triangle-jetty/#respond Wed, 02 Aug 2017 21:36:03 +0000 http://www.oregondivesites.com/?p=675 The Umpqua River South Jetty and the area known as the Triangle Jetty just outside the town of Winchester Bay on the (unsurprisingly named) Winchester Bay is a great place to explore a unique jetty structure.  Nowhere else that we know of along the coast in Oregon can you find a triangle jetty with water that is almost always calm even when the see is violently rough.  It is important to note that the shellfish being commercially grown are strictly...

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Sunset Bay https://www.oregondivesites.com/sunset-bay/ https://www.oregondivesites.com/sunset-bay/#respond Wed, 28 Jun 2017 22:40:23 +0000 http://www.oregondivesites.com/?p=653 Sunset Bay and the associated beach is a great place to dive just south of Coos Bay on the southern Oregon coast.  The bay provides good protection from rough Pacific Ocean conditions that are prevalent along the Oregon coast.  The sandy beach is a good place to practice mellow surf entrances and associated skills.  Parking and access can be a challenge on popular weekends when the beach is covered with families and the parking lot is completely full.   In...

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