Lake Travis Outing: Windy Point Park

 

Join the Diving Rebels on September 28–30 at Windy Point Park, 6506 Bob Wentz Park Rd., Austin, TX 78732, as the club returns to Lake Travis for a weekend of diving and fellowship. I’ll be coordinating the outing, and I’m planning a weekend of camping, diving, and fun! Camping is available Friday night and Saturday night for a fee of $10.00 per person. The camping is primitive—there’s no electricity or water available in the camping area. The park does have outdoor showers, though. The park entry fee on weekdays is $8.00 per person, while on weekend days and holidays, the fee is $15 per person; park hours are from 8:00 am to 10:00 pm.

The club will be providing one meal on Saturday. I’ll be ordering sandwiches and chips from Jason’s Deli, but you’ll have to bring your own drinks. Jason’s Deli does have a gluten-free menu for those who have food allergies, so please let me know if I’ll need to make a special order; for more information about the outing or to let me know about your meal needs, you can email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Those who attend the outing will have to provide all other meals for themselves.

Windy Point Park is one of the top diving “hot spots” in the Central Texas area. Recognized by divers and diving instructors from all over the state, the park offers a wealth of items to find, explore, and seek out in Lake Travis. Divers will find boat wrecks and unique metal sculptures of a scuba diver, a sea turtle, a shark, and a manatee along with other interesting objects, including some small boats, a larger sailboat, a Pinto, and more! Six platforms are available to use for training. Divers with advanced training and experience can enjoy diving a deep underwater canyon wall, plunging to depths well over 100 feet. You should dress warmly, however; the temperature at that depth can differ 30 degrees from that on the surface. For specific information about the Windy Point site, see the park’s website at http://www.windypointpark.com/ or call (512) 266-3337.

Facilities at Windy Point Park include grills, an onsite air fill station, courtesy carts to transport your equipment, camping areas with fire pits, clean restrooms and porta-potties, protected swim and dive areas, stairs for easy access to the lake, changing facilities, rinse-off showers, picnic tables, free Wi-Fi across the park, and a concession area.

Windy Point Park has the following policies:

  • No reservations are accepted. Park amenities are first come, first served.
  • You can camp for a maximum of 14 nights.
  • Lake Travis has deep water access only.
  • No lifeguards are on duty; swim at your own risk.
  • Children 16 and under must be accompanied by an adult.
  • No pets, glass containers, firearms, or spearguns are allowed.
  • Fishing is prohibited because of scuba diving.
  • Jumping or diving from the rocks or stairs is not allowed.

Make your plans now to join me and your fellow Diving Rebels at Windy Point Park on September 28–30. Whether you come out for the whole weekend or just on Saturday, you should have a good time!

 

Travis Wells

Athens Scuba Park Outing
500 N. Murchison St., Athens, TX 75751
August 18–19
Jim Magnuson /Gena Natho-Richerson
 
Come join Jim Magnuson and other members of the Diving Rebels Scuba Club at Athens Scuba Park () on August 18–19 for a weekend of food; fun; fellowship; and, of course, diving. Mark will be coordinating the outing this year, and he is even planning on diving and staying Saturday night!
He also plans to have some games to play and some music to enjoy. Whether or not we’re going to have a meal share has yet to be decided, but the scuba park is right in town, so there are lots of places to get a meal.
If you’ve never been to Athens, the town is about 1½ hours southeast of Dallas, and Athens Scuba Park is about a mile from the downtown square. Unfortunately, because of the water’s pH level, you won’t see fish, but the park’s owner, Calvin Wilcher, has sunk numerous wrecks to dive on over the years, so there’s a lot to explore.
There are numerous places to camp at the park, and electrical hook-ups are available for RVs (if you need one, you can reserve a spot online at http://www.athensscubapark.com/rv-site-reservation.html or by phone at [903] 675-5762). The park also has bathroom and shower facilities.
The entry fee for diving is $20.00, and divers must have their C-cards. The fee for Friday or Saturday camping or night diving is $5.00, and electrical hook-ups for RVs cost $25.00. You can get an air fill for $10.00. For more information about Athens Scuba Park, check out their website at http://www.athensscubapark.com/home.html.
A sign-up sheet for the outing will be available at the August 1 membership meeting, and we’ll be discussing the event in more detail then. Even if you can’t attend the meeting, make plans to come out and join us at Athens Scuba Park for our fun August outing. We’ll be looking for you!!

 

 

Wheeler Branch Luau with the Scubadillos
Jim Magnuson


The Scubadillo Dive Club has invited the Diving Rebels to join them at Wheeler Branch on Saturday, May 19, to participate in their annual luau. While we just visited Wheeler Branch on March 24, this is too good an opportunity to pass up, so let’s take advantage of the chance to have more Diving Rebels–Scubadillos fun!
The following is a copy of the Meetup message pertaining to the event posted by Scubadillo President Bill Davidson:
Come on out May 19 to the Scubadillo Dive Club’s annual Luau Festival and the Rebels Dive Club and our “Spring Olympics” competition fund raiser. This year we will be at the new, nearby dive destination in Glen Rose called Wheeler Branch Reservoir Park. This scenic lake park is a great place for diving, our fun land games for prizes, Auction, Raffle and our Luau feast. We will be selling tickets to this event at the Dillo meeting and the Rebels meeting for $10 ea. Contact Steve Ogden thru meetup if you cannot make the meetings. You can also purchase tickets at the event for $15 ea. We have the only pavilion reserved.
Getting there:
Glen Rose is located on Hwy. 67 south of the Ft. Worth area and slightly southwest of Waxahachie approximately 77 miles from D/FW Airport. You could do an easy day-trip from Dallas or make a weekend of it and also visit the nearby Dinosaur Valley State Park or go over to the 1,700-acre Fossil Rim Wildlife Center. From the Dallas area, take I-35 past the Dallas Zoo and take the right-hand split on Hwy. 67 to Duncanville, Cedar Hill, Midlothian, Alvarado and Cleburne. In Glen Rose, take Bo Gibbs Blvd. (CR 301) near the Expo Center/La Quinta intersection and go a half-mile west to see the park entrance where you will veer left at the “Y” intersection onto CR 326. Look for the Scubadillo signs and banners (diving beginning in the morning when you get there) in the park. We will have the Pavilion reserved so bring your own chairs, refreshments, dive gear, lunch and friendly charm. The park does have nice restrooms. The day-use park entrance fee is $8 per person with children under 13 is $4 (no overnight camping in park).
Diving
Expect low 70’s on the surface at this time of year and colder past the various thermoclines as the lake can get past 60 feet for true deep dives. Bring proper hoods, gloves and lights if you go this deep as it is a night dive at this depth – but the water gets clearer! Come morning for diving.
Spring Olympic Games
Starting around 1:30 p.m. we will start our fun land games where two-person teams earn points from a series of game competitions (horse shoes, golf putting, Frisbee toss, etc.) in order to earn prizes. This is a family-friendly event where kids are welcomed to participate. Pets are allowed in the park, but must be on a short (6 ft. or less) leash and you have to pick up any deposits.
Silent Auction
Bring money and items for the silent auction. All proceeds will go to the club of your choosing. You can get great deals at this event.
Raffle
We will also conduct a raffle for some more cool prizes.
Luau Feast
The Scubadillos will begin their Luau Feast of Hawaiian pulled pork and other Hawaiian side goodies around 4 p.m. Bring a side dish to share, if you wish. Visible alcoholic beverages are not allowed at the park (like most park rules), so do bring appropriate beverage containers for your favorite dinner drink. We will have Luau decorations around our site, so dress up in your favorite tropical attire! We will send out a notice closer to the event to get a headcount for the dinner.
If you have any questions about the event, contact me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

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BBQ

 

No Holds Barred BBQ Cook-Off: Cedar Hill State Park

Due to unforeseen circumstances the venue has been moved: 

 Come join your fellow Diving Rebels at CM Abode 5608 Oakmont Lane, Fort Worth, TX 76112 on Saturday, November 11, for a “No Holds Barred BBQ Cook-Off”!  Pets are welcome in the backyard.

As an added attraction, we’re bringing back the “Cooking Area Decorating Contest” along with the BBQ Cook-Off itself, complete with cash prizes!!

The Diving Rebels Cook-Off is an amateur cooking contest and social community-building outing for the Diving Rebels Scuba Club, and members are highly encouraged to bring family members and guests. If you’re not BBQing, please bring sides to share that go with a BBQ theme. The club will provide plates, eating and serving utensils, napkins, cups, and water.

You must be a current dues-paying member to enter the Cook-Off; for the rest of the “Cook-Off Rules,” please click on the following link: Barbecue Rules and Structure. Remember, if you need an electrical connection for your BBQ, make sure you bring an appropriate length of outdoor-style cord. And plan to grill plenty of food to share with the judges and the rest of the Diving Rebels!

We really want members to participate, have fun, and have an equitable chance to win a prize due to their creative talent. We don’t care if you prepare hamburgers, salmon patties, hotdogs, ribs, chicken, pork chops, vegetables, or even TOFU! All entries will be judged on the same basis. Be creative—what are you really good at grilling? What is your passion?

Here’s the timetable for the outing.

Noon —Arrive CM Abode

4:00 pm—Table Captain starts Blind Judging process.

4:45 pm—All entries must be on the Entry Table.

5:00 pm—Table Captain delivers first round of entries to the Judging Table.

5:45 pm—Cooking Area Decorating Contest judging begins (3 prizes based on creativity, complexity, and theme related to entry).

6:15 pm—Winners are announced.

6:30 pm—Fun and community-building continues!

For more information, contact Kevin Schuck at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or phone the Diving Rebels at (682) 334-2343.

 

 

 

Now for something completely different

On July 21–22, the Diving Rebels are going to gather at the Lake Hawkins RV Park, 156 County Road 3455, Hawkins, TX 75765 (www.mywoodcounty.com/default.aspx?name=RVPark) for a weekend at the lake! Located on Little Sandy Creek, a tributary of the Sabine River, in Wood County four miles northwest of Hawkins, Lake Hawkins is a little north of Tyler State Park on Highway 80, but unlike Lake Tyler, Hawkins is a real lake, small enough to avoid a ton of boating but big enough that there is some depth near the dam.

I haven’t dived there for a long time, and frankly I think we are way overdue going back. In my experience, visibility has been about like what we get at Clear Springs, but, as usual with Texas lakes, it can vary based on rainfall, vegetation, and other factor. Calvis Hawes, one of our lifetime Members, has a lake house there, and he has recommended we give this pretty lake a return visit. By the way, if you teach scuba classes, you might want to check Lake Hawkins out as a possible training location.

Lake Hawkins RV Park features 41 RV sites and tent camping; it’s a family friendly site (pets are allowed) that offers a boat ramp, sandy beach, and a pavilion. If you’re going to camp, the Lake Hawkins outing would be a great time to bring out that old Airstream. And if you’re not a camper, paying a day use fee (last posted as $3.00 per person (6 years and older) allows you use of the beach area, picnic area, boat ramp, fishing pier, volleyball courts, and shower facilities.

Location: Lake Hawkins RV Park, 156 County Road 3455, Hawkins, TX 75765
Web site: www.mywoodcounty.com/default.aspx?name=RVPark
Phone number: (903) 769-4545
We’ve reserved shaded pad sites 15, 16, 17; we can have 5 tents per pad site: cost, $12 per site per day.

We’ll firm up details about the outing as we get closer to the date of the event and provide more information at the July membership meeting and via Facebook and The Rebel Yell.