Diving Rebels

Tyler State Park Outing

Jim Magnuson

Activities Director

  

Meet your fellow Diving Rebels at Tyler State Park on April 20–22 for a weekend of fun, food, and diving at this great park located at 789 Park Road 16, Tyler, TX 75706, phone (903) 597-5338 (http://tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/tyler).

Tyler State Park is a great place to mountain bike, hike, fish, or camp—just about anything you’d want to do outdoors. The park has a daily entrance fee of $6.00 for adults, with no charge for children 12 years and under. Since the lake is part of the park, you don’t need a license to fish there from shore, and you can try your luck catching crappie, perch, catfish or bass. The park has three fishing piers and a boat ramp. They also loan fishing rods, reels, and tackle boxes as part of the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department’s Tackle Loaner Program.

We all talk about getting ready for the dive season, preparing for some big ocean trip, or just hydrating our gills—well, Lake Tyler is a great lake to do just that! The lake is very shallow—only about 20 feet (if you use a shovel), but that’s one reason that it’s such a good place to dive this time of year. The water warms up early, and you should be reasonably comfortable in a 3-mil wetsuit plus gloves and a hood. Of course, the temperature does vary a lot in early spring, so “your mileage may vary.” There are plenty of fish, turtles, and sea grass to make a fun dive, and we’ll also be putting together an underwater dive quiz to add to the excitement! So bring a slate, compass, and your brain, or you can borrow one at the outing (well, probably not the brain). The contest will be worth points, and we’ll have an on-shore Saturday night bonus round for more fun and prizes.

         

This is a two-day outing; we’ll be getting three campsites near the water on Friday morning, April 20 (hopefully in the Lakeview campsites 3

0–37 area), and we’ll be there through Sunday noon-ish. Since we can only get the three sites, please let me know in advance if you’re going to be bringing a trailer. This is a great camping lake, so please consider camping on Friday night so we can have a full day of fun on Saturday, April 21.

We’ll be doing a voluntary meal share plan for Saturday lunch through Sunday breakfast (see the article on meal shares elsewhere in this newsletter). Just be aware that you must sign up for the plan to participate in the meal share; if you don’t, you’ll need to bring your own food to the park—remember

, there’s no hunting allowed!

Specific details concerning activities, times, and meeting places should be available at the April membership meeting; information will also be posted online on the Diving Rebels Scuba Club’s Facebook page, so check there often for updates (https://www.facebook.com/groups/96073813073/).

For more information about the event or to volunteer to help with the meal share, 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., or call me at (469) 426-6319 or my co–outing coordinator Linda Magnuson at (817) 905-2013.