The Diving Rebels, joined by the Scubadillo Dive Club, will continue our annual tradition of the underwater cleanup of the San Marcos River on Saturday January 26, 2018.  We discovered last year that we could no longer park in the parking lot near the entry point as we had for many years previously.  Consequently, we will meet at Rio Vista Park (exit location) about 1 PM and gear up there.  We will then shuttle divers to the entry point on Aquarena Springs Drive.  There are usually one or more folks with our group who aren't diving the river and who can perform the shuttle efforts and this is greatly appreciated.  Please see the attached map noting these locations. 

As usual, I am the outing coordinator and my cell number is (214) 641-6013.  For those that did not attend the January club meeting and were not able to sign up at that time, we would welcome you to join us and you may contact me either at my cell number or email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and/or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  For the day of the outing, call if you are running a bit late so we know to wait for you. 

As usual, we will enter the water on the south side of the Aquarena Springs Drive bridge and exit at Rio Vista Park, about one mile downstream.  The attached map also notes the exit location.  For the most part, this is a relaxing fresh-water drift dive and in some places early in the dive you can just obtain a stable, motionless position and let the current move you along.  Depending on the water level, which should be quite high this yea, there may be some rather shallow spots about one-half way along the dive, but these are navigable.

We will have 1st and 2nd place prizes for the collector of the most trash and as well as 1st and 2nd place prizes for the collector of the most unusual piece of trash, as voted by the participants.  So bring your mesh laundry bags and/or onion sacks and be prepared to scour the river bottom for collectables.  Last year, Jim Magnuson reigned as the trash collection champion, while I was the winner of the most unusual trash item.  So let's see who will wear the titles this year. 

After the dive, for those who are interested, we will meet for our traditional Saturday evening dinner together.  Last year we ate again at a wonderful restaurant called The Root Cellar Cafe (http://www.rootcellarcafe.com/), so we will look to go there again.  The Root Cellar manager was very generous is providing gift cards for the restaurant and I will pursue this again.  On Sunday morning, we most likely will follow our past practice of breakfast at Herbert’s Taco Hut (http://www.herbertstacohut.com) for those who would like to join us there.

There are a number of reasonably priced motels in the San Marcos area, fairly close by the river.  In the past, I have generally stayed at one of the Motel 6 locations, which have not always been much in the way of quality.  This year I searched https://www.booking.com/city/us/san-marcos.html and found a new Studio Motel 6 with a king bed and a kitchen for $53 that had a high rating, so will try that lodging this year.  Additional information regarding the Motel 6 location is noted on the following page along with pricing and locations for other lodging.  Camping is also available in the area if you are so inclined.

For those outing participants who have completed the Dive Authorization Course (DAC) or the former Diving for Science or Scientific Diver certification programs and are interested in diving Spring Lake, we will perform a volunteer dive in Spring Lake at the Meadows Center for Water and the Environment (former Aquarena Center) on Sunday morning probably starting about 10 AM.  Anyone who is planning to participate in an upcoming DAC event or would like additional information on this training is welcome to join us as an observer to obtain some idea of what is involved as a trained volunteer diver at this great diving venue.  In the spectrum of my diving experiences, I consider Spring Lake to be the premier inland diving experience.  Ocean-quality visibility is to be expected and there are endemic flora and fauna found nowhere else in the world.

In addition to the map below, I have included a few pictures from our 2018 river cleanup.  Hope to see you there!!

Motel 6 San Marcos, TX – North  outstanding value on these dates.




 2212 North I-35

San Marcos, TX 78666

(737) 213-4011


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!!


 Lake Hawkins Outing


On October 27­–28, the Diving Rebels will 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. Unlike Lake Tyler, however, 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 The Scuba Ranch, but, as usual with Texas lakes, it can vary based on rainfall, vegetation, and other factors. Calvis Hawes, one of our Lifetime Members, has a lake house there, and he has recommended that 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. The camp sites do have electricity.

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

While we’re at Lake Hawkins, we’ll hold our traditional Underwater Pumpkin Carving Contest, so bring a pumpkin to carve!! We’ll clean out their craniums on shore, then carve the pumpkins underwater. I suggest using “kid safe” carvers, but if you do bring knives, consider wearing gloves, and be extra careful. Props are OK, but please keep them reasonable and family friendly. We’ll be awarding prizes in two categories: “Scariest” and “Most Creative.” Please, don’t mark your pumpkins for carving in advance of the contest. If you haven’t participated in our Underwater Pumpkin Carving Contest before, it’s actually a lot of fun, so give it a try!

I’ll be providing a brisket, corn on the cob, and baked potatoes for Saturday dinner, but you must let me know that you’re going to attend no later than October 19 if you want to eat dinner with us. I also need to know if you are coming so that we can book camp sites. You can contact me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call me at (469) 426-6319. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to send me a message, give me a call, or see me at the October membership meeting.

Jim Magnuson






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).
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.
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..





Lake Tenkiller Outing

Join the Diving Rebels at Oklahoma’s Tenkiller State Park on July 21–23 for a weekend of camping, diving, and fellowship! The club has reserved and paid for three campsites for Friday and Saturday night in the Fox Squirrel Campground (sites 53, 54, and 55). All three sites have water and electrical hookups, and we can put two camping setups on each site. We will have to put any additional campers on a tent site if they are available. There will be an outing meal share on for a Saturday night and Sunday morning meal—all other meals are on your own. I do need volunteers to help with both meals, so if you can help out, please let me know. Remember that the club reimburses volunteers for the food (minus their portion of the meal share) and that you can earn extra DRIFT points for volunteering to help at the outing. For more information about the outing or to volunteer to help, please contact me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone (817) 723-6983.

Known as Oklahoma’s “heaven in the hills,” Tenkiller State Park offers a peaceful getaway in beautiful Green Country. Guests will enjoy an abundance of recreational opportunities on Lake Tenkiller as well as in the park, including swim beaches, a swimming pool, a children’s fishing pond, hiking trails, and more. Rent a one-, two-, or three-bedroom cabin, or claim a spot in one of Tenkiller’s 10 campgrounds. Plan your trip to Tenkiller State Park, and use the overview at the following website as an insider’s guide to where to camp, where to swim and what to see during your Lake Tenkiller vacation: http://www.laketenkiller.com/about-lake-tenkiller/. For additional information about the park, see the material at http://www.travelok.com/listings/view.profile/id.7706 andhttp://www.travelok.com/article_page/tenkiller-state-park-an-overview .

The park, of course, features Lake Tenkiller. The lake has a new scuba dive park (http://www.laketenkiller.com/scuba/) that features underwater attractions, secure campsites, and clean facilities. Divers from Oklahoma, Texas, Kansas, and all surrounding states have long labeled the crystal clear waters of Tenkiller as their destination of choice. The mildly sloping hills and rock cliffs are not confined to the land; they provide an intriguing underwater terrain down to 165 feet, making Tenkiller one of the deepest lakes in the area.

The lake offers the perfect environment for every diver from novice to the most adept instructors. There are a few dive shops to choose from to obtain a certification, rent or purchase equipment, or find out where to explore. Tenkiller offers an assortment of wonderful diving possibilities. There are several islands that are superior dive sites for discovering overhangs so dramatic that they could pass for caves or for partaking in spear fishing for any fish that is not a game fish. There have been catfish speared as large as 65 pounds!! Remember, though, to obtain an Oklahoma fishing license before heading down if you want to try your luck spear fishing!


Tenkiller State Park

8 miles north of Gore on Highway 100

Vian, OK 74962

Phone:   (918) 489-5641

               (918) 489-5643

Tenkiller State Park in Vian is located on the southeast side of 
Lake Tenkiller:

  • If arriving from the west, take I-40 to Exit 287, and follow Highway 100 N through the towns of Webbers Falls and Gore. Continue on Highway 100, and cross over the dam into the park.

  • If arriving from the east on I-40, take Exit 297. Drive north for 10 miles on Highway 82 where you’ll cross through Vian. Turn left onto Highway 100, and drive three miles south to the park.