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F red Massie has operated Martha’s Quarry as a dive site for 12 years, trying his best to preserve the water and surrounding area as a haven for wildlife. No electricity is available at the site and the recent move to the East side of the quarry allows for tents/camping an much cooler dive prep with tree cover. But primitive is how Massie likes it. Still, Martha’s Quarry offers a dive site that is open weekends and by appointment. A frequent visitor is the Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency which trains employees and conducts experiments at the site. Divers will find the remnants of a once-thriving quarry, including a four-story rock crusher house and a three-story "shaker" house. In 55 feet of water sits a coach bus, and in other parts of the quarry are two pumphouses, a bluegill garden and a pickup truck. There are also two underwater forests located in the quarry.

Depths to: 60 feet (18 m)

Visibility: 30-40 feet (9-12 m)

Water temperature: 44 degrees Fahrenheit in winter and up to 88 degrees Fahrenheit (31 degrees Celsius) in summer

Marine life: Bluegill, sauger, spotted or "Kentucky" bass, koi, and catfish

Fees: $35 per diver per day or pick up a cheaper $20 card from local dive shops

More info from ShoreDiving.com shorediving.com/Earth/USA_Mid/Tennessee/Marthas_Quarry/index.htm

Comments

sanityassassin - 3/15/2014 6:41 PM
Rating Added: 3
Pretty neat for a quarry dive...full of old equipment and buildings!
WreckDiver01 - 1/01/2014 7:00 PM
I went scuba diving here on 1/1/2014. Average viz: 26-30ft/8-9m. Water temp: Under 50°F/10°C.
Great dive to bring in the New Year! Water was 44 degrees, but was fine with my dry suit. Saw bass, bluegill and koi. It was a short dive as my "dry" gloves both sprung leak! Love the new set-up at Martha’s Quarry. The dive platforms are great and not too many stairs to get to the water.
RockRat2008 - 1/02/2014 5:59 AM
Glad to hear there is a new set up at Martha’s. I only dove there once this past year due to the setup. Maybe I’ll check it out again in the spring.
WreckDiver01 - 1/02/2014 2:53 PM
well it is new to me. Not sure how new it may be to you. It has been a couple of years since I was last there.
RockRat2008 - 1/02/2014 2:56 PM
Last time there was only 1 platform total so it must be new. :-)
WreckDiver01 - 1/02/2014 3:40 PM
Yeah there is one that is about 4 feet deep and then another at I believe 18 feet right below so you can check trim, bouancey, etc
glassman - 7/15/2013 10:51 PM
Rating Added: 3
I don’t have much experience, but there was plenty of fish and the original buildings from the quarry are pretty interesting.
DragonMaster - 6/16/2013 2:27 PM
I went scuba diving here on 6/16/2013. Average viz: 11-15ft/3-5m.
This was My first dive at this place. Not bad for a place to learn to scuba dive.
karendavidson123 - 6/12/2013 12:15 PM
Rating Added: 4
Great place to dive in this area. The "building" makes this quarry. Did not give a 5 d/t primitive site and no air.
billsoccer - 5/21/2013 7:30 PM
Rating Added: 3
This has a big plus you won’t find elsewhere - multi-story structures you may explore! If not for those I would have given a rating much lower because it’s a half-hour drive to get air. Also - it appears the manager puts as little $ back into the place as possible - (why no air!!); entry road is primitive; entry to the quarry could be dangerous. Food, gas, lodging available in the area.
TommyBoy - 5/19/2013 5:45 PM
Rating Added: 4
Had a great dive today, Water was not bad with a 5mm suit, viz was about 15’. Plenty of fish to see here. If you dive here after the rain be cautious about getting stuck. very muddy. Overall a great dive spot, will be diving here again for sure.
RockRat2008 - 5/18/2013 3:57 PM
I went scuba diving here on 5/18/2013. Average viz: 16-20ft/5-6m. Water temp: 50-55°F/10-13°C.
watergypsy - 3/22/2013 5:16 PM
Rating Added: 4
I really like this quarry
OkByMe - 9/06/2012 11:57 AM
I called him.. Weekends only, so I’ll be there 09/15. Thanks for the info on the dive shops. I usually dive Greer’s Ferry or Ouachita, but I’ll be in the MQ area. I modified my wing with another dump valve and it would be nice to have some bottom under me at 2 or 3 ATM to test it out.
OkByMe - 9/06/2012 11:31 AM
I called him.. Weekends only, so I’ll be there 09/15. Thanks for the info on the dive shops. I usually dive Greer’s Ferry or Ouachita, but I’ll be in the MQ area. I modified my wing with another dump valve and it would be nice to have some bottom under me at 2 or 3 ATM to test it out.
RockRat2008 - 9/06/2012 11:41 AM
No problem; Glad to help out. :-)
RockRat2008 - 9/06/2012 9:09 AM
There is a locked gate so you’d have to contact Fred Massie, 615-860-0000, to see about getting access before the weekend to dive and ask about diving solo. Fred is there on the weekends to collect the dive fee which is now $30 per diver. If you go to one of the local dive shops you can pick up a quarry pass and it will be $20 per diver.
RockRat2008 - 9/03/2012 1:22 PM
Rating Added: 4
The website(s) regarding this dive spot are outdated. There is no longer a dive shop, air fills, changing area, concessions, etc. on site. It is a gravel road entry to a campground where you stage your gear and then walk down to the water with your gear.

That being said there is a nice floating platform for entry into the water and the quarry and diving is great. We dove right after all of the rain from the hurricane on the coast had blown through and still had 10-15 foot visibility. There is plenty to see underwater.

We’ll definitely make a trip out to dive it again.
OkByMe - 9/06/2012 8:40 AM
I’m headed there next week. First time. Is there anyone or anything there..Fee dropbox or custodian? The information says it is open on weekends. Don’t have a problem paying to use the man’s property, but don’t want to wait till Sat. I be there Thur. Could a solo diver or a pair, just drive up and get wet?
RockRat2008 - 8/18/2012 5:36 AM
Thinking about diving Martha’s Quarry today. Anyone interested?
RockRat2008 - 7/24/2012 7:32 PM
Thanks Greg; Hopefully going to head that way in the next few weeks.
RockRat2008 - 7/22/2012 5:15 PM
The website isn’t loading? Has the website changed or has the quarry closed?
Greg - 7/24/2012 2:51 PM
Looks like website is down but dive site seems open for business.
Quietman - 4/07/2012 6:27 AM
Rating Added: 3
Lots to see and do. one fine dive site.
naturewalker - 2/20/2012 10:21 AM
Rating Added: 3
Decent Dive when the VIZ is Good ..... Alot too see
LivingHardcore - 4/14/2010 12:19 PM
Beautiful quarry tucked away just east of Nashville. Diving early in April the visibility was pretty good. There are some underwater buildings, vehicles and watercraft to explore. Bring appropriate suits to accommodate the cold water!

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