Top 10 Best Places to Scuba Dive in Arkansas

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Top 10 Best Places to Scuba Dive in Arkansas

Where do you start when it comes to finding a scuba diving spot in Arkansas? 

As an avid scuba diver, I know that generally, the best way to find incredible spots is by word of mouth, or directly via a diving school. In this post though, I want to give you a peek behind the curtain on some of the hidden places that Arkansas has to offer for diving.

We are going to go over how and where to find spots, as well as addresses and specific locations so that you can go straight to your GPS and hunt-down these awesome places! Let’s get started.

 

1. Lake Norfork

Address: Mountain Home, AR

This freshwater shore accessible lake is one of the cleanest lakes in the US which makes the visibility perfect for scuba diving. An array of bass have been spotted here over the years. This site is much more than just a place to scuba dive though, you can also go on a hike or a bike trail here, as well as enjoy a scenic break at a camping spot nearby. 

 

2. Bull Shoals

Address: Bull Shoals, AR, 72619

If you’re looking for a place to dive all year round this freshwater boat accessible site could be the answer, as it is known to never freeze over even in the coldest of months. This site is home to a large underwater forest, the perfect habitat for sea life to hide in. Bathrooms and airfill stations are available for use nearby. 

 

3. Degray Lake

Address: 2027 State Park Entrance Road, Bismarch, AR, 71929

If seeing lots of sea life is on your diving bucket list, then then this freshwater shore accessible site is for you. With a maximum depth of 150ft and the addition of underwater lodges and trees, this place is for the more adventurous advanced divers.

Spear fishing can be done at this lake but make sure to check out the rules and regulations surrounding spear fishing in Arkansas. 

 

4. The Foundations

Address: Beaver Lake, Eureka Springs, AR

This freshwater dive site is boat accessible and has a maximum depth of 26-30ft. This makes it the perfect site for beginners or training. There is a chance you could see some sea life at this site but that isn’t the best bit about this site.

This site is made up of the foundations of an old school house which makes it the perfect place to explore with plenty of hidden alcoves. 

 

5. Greers Ferry Lake 

Address: Greers Ferry, AR

This freshwater boat accessible lake doesn’t have the best visibility but there is still a chance you could see some sea life here. It has a maximum depth of 101-110ft so, not ideal for beginners. However, this site does have airfills and bathrooms which are handy amenities when out for a long day of diving. 

 

6. Lake Quachita

Address: Mountain Harbour, AR

This sandy freshwater shore accessible dive site is the perfect place to visit if you fancy a camping mini break with the freedom to dive as you step out of your tent. The maximum depth is 91-100ft. Bathrooms and airfills are nearby and lots of sea life has been spotted here including catfish, bass, and bream. 

 

7. Gunner Pool 

Address: Ozark National Forest, 1102 Forest Road, Mountain View, AR, 72560

This freshwater shore accessible dive site has a maximum depth of 11-15ft, a perfect place for beginners to get used to diving. It is a very muddy site which can make it hard to see any sea life. However, there is a campsite nearby that allows pets and has bathroom facilities and water stations onsite. 

 

8. Heber Springs Marina 

Address: Greers Ferry Lake, Heber Springs, AR

This picturesque site has scuba air available for a small fee an essential which can come in very handy. There is a campsite nearly with electric and non-electric plots. As well as showers, toilets water facilities, picnic areas and a playground. 

 

9. Blakey Dam

Address: Royal, AR

This freshwater dive site can be shore accessible as well as boat accessible. However, be aware that the shore is very rocky, and you will need to endure a long walk down lots of steps to get to it. There is a small chance you could see some sea life at this site. 

 

10. Lake Greeson

Address: Dixie, AR, 71950

This freshwater boat accessible dive site that comprises of a rocky terrain can be difficult to dive in as parts can be too deep. Maps are available to help you find a safe spot to dive. Boat rental is nearby to help you get out onto the water. 

Also take a look at my breakdown of Arkansas diving laws just in case there’s anything specific you want to take a look at prior to your dive.