Lake Crescent

Shop Staff   May 20, 2023

Lake Crescent is about 2- and one-half hours from Eight Diving and a beautiful gem of a lake on the Olympic Peninsula. You need to head towards Port Angeles and then drive about another 30 minutes west into Olympic National park. It’s easy to find it on a map or in your navigation in your vehicle. The lake is very low in nitrogen so that means that it is not choked with weeds or any other flora. 

This freshwater lake is known for its stunning natural beauty and crystal-clear waters, making it an attractive destination for divers. Here are some key characteristics of the Lake Crescent Dive Site:

  1. Location: Lake Crescent is situated on the Olympic Peninsula in the northwestern part of Washington State. It is easily accessible from the city of Port Angeles, which is the gateway to Olympic National Park.

  2. Water Clarity: One of the most notable features of Lake Crescent is its exceptional water clarity. The lake's crystal-clear waters offer visibility that can extend to 60 feet (18 meters) or more on a good day, providing divers with excellent underwater views.

  3. Temperature: Lake Crescent's water temperature varies with the seasons. In the summer months, the surface temperature can be relatively comfortable for diving, but it can become significantly colder with depth. Divers often wear wetsuits or drysuits, depending on their cold-water diving preferences.

  4. Marine Life: While Lake Crescent doesn't have the same diversity of marine life as saltwater dive sites, it still offers opportunities to observe freshwater species such as trout and various aquatic plants. The main attraction of Lake Crescent is its underwater geological features, including submerged trees and rock formations.

  5. Submerged Trees: One of the unique aspects of Lake Crescent is the presence of submerged trees in the underwater environment. These trees create an eerie and fascinating underwater landscape, with their branches and trunks becoming encrusted with algae and moss.

  6. Sledgehammer wall: is deeper than 300 feet and a very nice technical scooter dive. East Beach is a nice place to explore recreational depths and nearly every pull out along the side of the lake lends itself to recreational diving.

  7. There are also two famous wrecks in the lake for technical divers: the Warren car at about 165 feet and the Steele car at about 190 feet. The appropriately certified diver can dive both on one dive with a DPV, if they are so inclined.

  8. Depth: Lake Crescent has varying depths, reaching a maximum depth of approximately 624 feet (190 meters). Divers can explore different depth levels depending on their experience and comfort. Popular dive sites include the Deep Dive, where divers can descend to considerable depths, and the Pyramid Rock area, known for its underwater rock formations.

  9. Access: Access to Lake Crescent is typically done from the shore, with several entry points around the lake. Divers often use designated swimming areas for entry and exit. Be aware that the lake is surrounded by dense forests and parkland, providing a serene and natural setting.

  10. Permits and Regulations: Diving in Lake Crescent may require a national park entrance pass, and divers should familiarize themselves with park regulations and guidelines for responsible diving and underwater exploration.

Lake Crescent offers a unique and tranquil diving experience amidst its scenic beauty and submerged trees. Divers should be prepared for cold-water conditions and plan their dives accordingly. It's essential to check local regulations, water conditions, and any permit requirements before embarking on a diving adventure at Lake Crescent.