Dive Site Directions
These dive areas may be a little confusing once you get to Stockton Lake. When you drive to these dive sites you will find that there are no markings on the gravel roads that lead to them.
The Horseshoe Dive Site:
This is a great dive site!
An impressive 90 degree wall dive that starts in a depth around 30 feet at the top and the bottom can drop to around 90 feet in places . Around the top there will be large rocks and boulders with a variety of fish.
Water entrance directions:
This dive site is located next to the spill way at the dam. Head down the hill next to the fence to the waters edge. The hill is grass but turns into large rocks that extend into the water. These rocks may be slippery. After you enter the water head left underwater along the shore until you reach the wall and turn Right (away from the spill way). This wall will be in a horseshoe shape that wraps around away from the spill way.
From Stockton take 32 HWY East to Stockton Dam observation point located on the west side of dam. Park in the lower parking lot area. This may seem like a long hike but it is really not that bad, and it is definitely worth it.
215 Bridge Dive Site:
Small and large rocks, Ledges, holes, crevices some trees and fish.
Water entrance directions:
Walk down to water and look for a good entrance as well as an exit from the water. Scuba entrance is from rock ledges that extends up from the water surface which may make for more difficult entry at times depending on the water level.
From Stockton travel south on 39 to 215.
Turn left on 215 and follow just past bridge.
Just after the bridge at the end of the metal barrier there will be a small gravel road to turn on to the right. Park at the end of the road and walk down to the water.
Beach West of Dam Dive Site:
This dive site area has a small rocks / sandy bottom that gradually slopes to about 30 feet in depth. Heading toward the dam from the beach there is a small ledge and steep hill.
This is not the swimming beach.
From Stockton take 39 south and turn Left on RB Road. Follow RB road to 1500 and turn right.
Take 1500 to 1560 and turn right.
Take 1560 around to "A" Campsites and turn left.
Follow this "A" campsite road and turn right on the first paved road to the right. Follow this road through camping area. As you get to a sharp right hand curve just past the bathrooms in camping area turn left on gravel road and follow to water.
This gravel road will branch off in several places but all rejoin together quickly. Some of these branched off roads may be smoother than others. There are some POT HOLES on these roads so please proceed with caution. There were several low clearance vehicles at beach and dive instructors take students there because of the road access.
1560 Rd South Boat Ramp Dive Site:
This dive Site Area has a Rocky bottom with small ledges, large boulders and lots of fish.
From Stockton Take 39 South and turn left on RB Road. Take 1525 / S. Blake (first right) and follow to stop sign. Turn right at stop sign and follow 1560 road about 3 miles to the boat ramp. Take the gravel road just to the right of the boat ramp around to the first clearing on the left next to water.
Beach East of Stockton Dam Dive Site:
This is a good shallow dive.
This dive a very gradual slope under water. Large rocks in water starting at a depth around 7 feet straight out from beach that turns into small ledge that seems to run the length of the beach. around 15 or 20 feet there are small crevices in the ledge and some fish. After last ledge the bottom begins a steep decline of small rocks to depth around 35 foot where the seems to turn to silt.
From Stockton take 32 HWY East to Stockton Dam. Go across dam to East side. There will be a small parking area to your right. Turn into Parking area and take gravel road that will be on your left. Stay on this road until you get to the water. On your way there you will see 32 HWY to your left. Follow this gravel road around to beach area. This road will branch off several times after 32 HWY is directly behind you but all rejoin together quickly. Some of these branched off roads may be smoother than others. TAKE GREAT CAUTION, There are some large and long pot holes on a couple of these branched off roads and if water is in them there will be no way to tell how deep they are. To avoid being stuck I suggest taking the smoothest rout possible. The road will open up close to the beach, park close to trees on left side for easy gradual slope entrance to water with small rocks ranging from pebbles to fist size.
Stockton Dam East side Dive
In the Parking area on the east side of the dam there will be a small trail down to the water. This is definitely a good hike as you will see after you get there.