Blue Lagoon - Huntsville, Texas
This is a map, directions and information about the
Blue Lagoon near
I-45 N. past Huntsville to exit 123-FM
Right 3 miles and it will be on the left.
649 Pinedale Rd Huntsville, TX 77320-1488
here for the map
Policies as of 4/8/2011
8:00am – 10:00pm
Sunday 8:00am –
Gates closed and no
after 4:00pm Sunday
May thru September
Sunday 8:00am –
June 7th thru August
14th - Weekdays 10:00am - 6:00pm
Gates closed and no
entry allowed after 4:00pm
By appointment until June 7th
thru 2nd weekend of December - Weekends
Sunday 8:00am –
Jan 1st thru
March 1st by appointment only
Entry Fees and
State Sales tax of
6.75% must be collected on all entry fees
$16.00 includes tax
Non Divers must be
accompanied by C-card holder
No charge for
children under 10 and Non Diving parents accompanying minors during
Camping is allowed,
your entry fee allows you to camp overnight. There is a two day
IE; Come in
Friday night and
morning - fee $32.00 includes tax
Camping is available
during the weekdays of our Summer Season.
Reservations must be
made in advance with a minimum payment equal to 6 adults. C-Card
holder must be camping.
Instructors and Divemasters
current teaching status with
paying students are
current teaching status
are admitted free.
teaching status includes providing
proof of liability
Instructors in current teaching status with students
purchasing air will
receive free air fills.
Instructor Nitrox Fills $8.00
Blue Lagoon opened in September, 1986. Pets are not permitted, both for
safety reasons, and as a courtesy to other divers.
There is an on-site air tank rental and refill station. Maximum depth in
Lagoon I is 35’. The water temperature in the summer is 80-90 degrees.
Although Blue Lagoon is located 65 miles from Houston.
Blue Lagoon opened in September, 1986,
as many improvements have been made since then. Lagoon II
opened in March, effectively doubling the size of the
facility. The operation is designed specifically for divers
and especially for dive classes. Non-divers are permitted to
come in with divers, but the lagoons are not open to swimmers.
Pets are not permitted, both for safety reasons, and as a
courtesy to other divers.
There are three large dive platforms in Lagoon I and a second
one has recently been sunk in Lagoon II, for a total of five.
There are shelters around both lagoons to provide shade and
equipment assembly areas for the dive classes, and gently
sloping beaches for easy entry. Dive classes who wish to stay
for the whole weekend camp right next to the water. A
Huntsville dive store provides tank rentals and air refills.
For certified divers, there is a separate area on the far side
of Lagoon I that is close to the boat and the rock walls, and
has a giant stride entry. Maximum depth in Lagoon I is 35’.
The water temperature in the summer is 80-90 degrees.
Although Blue Lagoon is located only 65 miles from Houston,
most of the divers so far have come from Dallas. U/W
photographer Stephan Myers comes up regularly from Houston to
take advantage of the clear water for photography. “Most
Houston divers just can’t believe that there can be clear
water in a fresh water lake near Houston,” he says, “They
probably remember their check out dives and think you have to
go to Cozumel for clear water.” Myers appreciates the
convenience of the lagoons’ clear water for photography.
“It’s a lot easier to test a new technique or a piece of
equipment in a place an hour away from home than on Palancar
reef,” he added.
Scuba instructors like the convenience of conducting open
water certification in clear of water free of competition.
“We used to go to Canyon Lake,” Rebecca Tooley, an
instructor from Humble, said, “but this is better. At
Canyon, there was fishing line in the water, boaters, and
crowds. There was more potential for trouble there. You just
don’t have that potential here.”
Other instructors were enthusiastic about being able to take a
whole class out to the platform at once without worrying about
anyone getting lost in the murky water.
Open Water classes from as far away as Louisiana are taking
advantage of the facility, and PADI recently held an
Instructor Evaluation for 25 instructor candidates. Richard
and Alan try to accommodate classes by reserving specific
areas for each class to park their cars and to assemble their
gear in order to keep classes together and keep confusion and
inconvenience to a minimum.
In addition to student classes, several dive clubs have stared
using the lagoons for club events. Last October, a dive store
sponsored Halloween night dive, and there was an Easter Egg
Hunt in April sponsored by a Houston club (some of the eggs
are still waiting to be found). Night diving on the rock walls
and boulder fields is especially exciting.
The secret of the lagoon’s clear water is its low pH.
Filtering down through the pine needles covering the
surrounding land lowers the pH too low to support the growth
of algae. Unfortunately, it is also too low to support fish,
but the trade off for clear water is worth it.
To keep the silt on the bottom down, Alan and Richard located
a variety of salt grass that would grow in the low pH and have
planted it in both lagoons.
“We tried putting in some chemicals to raise the pH,”
Richard explained, “but the algae came right up so we
decided to skip the fish and keep the clear water.”
The emphasis for the future at Blue Lagoon will be continued
improvement of the facility. “We will be sinking more
platforms for students and building more entry points,” Alan
continued, “We are looking for more wrecks to sink for the
certified divers. We have looked at a DC-3 airplane and some
other boats as well.”
While looking for more underwater attractions, Richard and
Alan continue “terra forming” the area around the lagoons,
planting grass, and improving the roads and the camping areas.
Night dives must be coordinated in advance, and it is a good
idea to reserve space for classes or camping. Diving during
the week usually provides the best visibility, as the Open
Water students are not on hand to kick up the bottom.
For a little taste of Cozumel in the pines, dive Blue Lagoon!
Note: This is a reprint of an
article published in the July/August 1987 Texas Diver magazine
by James B. Adair. Enjoy some history with us.
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