Lake Crescent is a deep lake, approximately 17 miles west of the city of Port Angeles on U.S. Route 101. The lake is known for its brilliant blue waters and amazing clarity, which is caused by lack of nitrogen in the water, inhibiting the growth of algae. Visibility usually ranges 30’ to 50’ and light penetrates to 120’, facilitating deep dives. The lake is home to two unique species of fish, the Beardslee trout and the Crescenti trout, as well as an underwater forest, dramatic rock walls, and an historic automobile wreck.
The following points of interest are all easy shore dives. Dive flags are required by law in Lake Crescent, so be sure to fly one to avoid a potential fine.
Swim through trees 60’ deep! The underwater forest is located in Barnes Cove, just off Barnes Point on the south side of Lake Crescent. Enter the Cove, descend to 60’ and follow the contour in a southerly direction until you come across the forest.
An impressive 160+ foot vertical wall located at the first lakeside turnout heading west around Lake Crescent on highway 101(18.3 miles from Port Angeles). The site offers great visibility and easy access to deep water.
The Warren Wreck
Located at about 170’ of depth off of Ambulance Point, the Warren Wreck is dive back into history. Blanch and Russell Warren were returning home from Port Angeles on July 3rd, 1929 to be with their sons for the 4th of July. They never made it home, disappearing without a trace, and leaving a mystery that took nearly 75 years to solve. The Warren’s 1927 Chevrolet was finally recovered in 2002 by the National Park Service Dive Team, about four miles west of Barnes Point near Milepost 223 on Highway 101. Diving the Warren Wreck requires a permit from the National Park Service and is just a bit too deep for recreational divers.
LODGING AND DINING
| Lake Crescent Lodge
Olympic National Park
|Log Cabin Resort
3183 East Beach Rd.
Port Angeles, WA. 98363
| Lake Crescent Cabin
Lake Crescent is a popular recreation area within Olympic National Park, offering a variety of activities for non-divers. Hike along the Spruce Railroad Trail, which follows a former railroad grade along the shores of the lake, or take a scenic hike to or Marymere Falls. Climb Storm King Mountain; fish for Beardslee trout; rent a canoe or paddleboat. Drive an hour to the Pacific Ocean, Hoh Rain Forest, Sol Duc Hot Springs, or Hurricane Ridge.