Mammoth Lake Scuba Park.
Ever wonder why it’s called Mammoth Lake? It’s not just because it’s the largest Scuba Specific lake in the US. Although, at 55 acres and 61ft deep, it is a good name for it.
Mammoth Lake actually started out life as a billabong. That’s what we Australian’s call a bend in the river. Animals were swept into the river and ended up lodged in the bend. Fast forward several thousand years to the 1950’s and the same area was being excavated as a sand pit. In 2003, an excavator named Joe unearthed the remains of a Colombian Mammoth. They then found another Mammoth, a sabre tooth tiger, bison, camels and three toed sloths. It was one of the largest finds of animals in one place. Hence, the name Mammoth Lake was born.
In 2006, it was decided to turn the huge pit into a Scuba Specific park. HydroSports Scuba moved to the shores of the lake. They stopped pumping water out and let it fill back in. Mammoth Lake Scuba Park was now the largest Scuba specific lake in the US.
There are currently over 60 wrecks at the bottom of the lake. Here’s a rough map to some of them.
We went out there while they were dropping in a C-130 to add to the plethora of stuff at the bottom of the lake.
Here’s a comical look at the sinking in super fast motion. It actually took all day to get it into position and sunk, but I tried to condense it all into 2 minutes…
If you’ve got 4 minutes, here’s the longer version, with an explanation of what’s going on.
So next time you’re looking for a place to dive within a day of the Houston area, go check out Mammoth Lake. With all that stuff down there, you could go there every weekend for an entire year and still not see everything.