St George Watersports
Scuba-diving in the Desert
Living in St. George Utah you would think that water sports and scuba diving would be farfetched (it is the desert, after all), but water fun is not as far out of reach as many living in the area think. St George have three major reservoirs within a 20 minute drive that any watersport enthusiast can enjoy.
Gunlock Reservoir is just a quick drive past Ivins on old highway 91, the highway follows the Santa Clara River back to the reservoir. Gunlock is smaller, but able to handle boats for skiing and wakeboarding. There is great fishing and plenty of sandy beaches for those who like to play in the water closer to the shore. The view is great too; surrounded by red rocks and wooded areas, which are great for camping.
Quail Lake Reservoir, another great place for skiing and wakeboarding, is just past the Washington/Hurricane border. Take a left at the stop light next to the DMV and you end up in a valley with this beautiful lake. Larger than Gunlock, Quail Lake is also a great and popular scuba diving site.
Finally, we have Sand Hollow Reservoir, which is just down the road from Quail. The largest of the three, this lake has crystal clear water (because it doubles as an aquifer) so scuba diving is fantastic. In fact, there is an old VW bus and a twin prop airplane at the bottom a diving only area (so no worries about other boats when diving). There are great sandstone cliffs that are fun to dive off of and the whole lake is surrounded by sandy soft beaches, making it a great place for a picnic and watersports. There are even sand dunes adjacent to it so it’s easy to take the dirt bikes out in the cool morning, then hop in the water for some boating sports to beat the heat of midday, then have a bbq and party on the sandy shores as the sun starts to go down.