Meet new scuba divers, maintain a virtual dive log, participate in our forum, share underwater photos, research dive sites and more. Members login here.

Lake Phoenix (previously Lake Rawlings) - Rawlings VA

Lake Phoenix (previously Lake Rawlings) is a shore accessible fresh water dive site, located at 1 Quarry Lane, Rawlings, VA 23876. This dive site has an average rating of 3.80 out of 5 from 101 scuba divers. The maximum depth is 61-70ft/19-21m. The average visibility is 36-40ft/11-12m. This dive site provides bathrooms and airfills. Training platforms are available.

We are honored to be your host here in beautiful Brunswick County, Virginia where you will find one of the cleanest and clearest quarry’s in the mid-Atlantic region. Because of the water quality and the picturesque location in the small town of Rawlings, Lake Phoenix is a multi-purpose site that provides opportunities to swim, snorkel, kayak, and scuba dive. There are numerous roofed pavilions where divers can don and doff their gear. The newly improved restroom facility offers hot showers that will help divers stave off chills when they exit the water, especially during cold days.

Besides the water activities available, visitors can fully enjoy camping (RV sites with electricity), overnight rental trailers, picnic areas, and sand volleyball courts.

For visitors who simply want to enjoy nature and "get away from it all", the surrounding environment provides ample opportunities to rest and relax. Nature lovers may see an abundance of wild-life including beaver, turtles, deer, a wide variety of birds species, and squirrels. If you look close enough, you may even see the cow killer ant!

The water of the lake (quarry) itself is supplied by an active aquifer, and offers a spectacular underwater world with outstanding visibility, filled with colorful fish (bluegill and bass that we consider our pets; no fishing allowed), turtles, and crawfish.There are also amazing granite walls and underwater rock formations that will take your breath away.

Lake surface temperatures during the summer can exceed 80 degrees (f). There are distinct thermoclines that stay around 44 degrees (f), making wetsuits and drysuits necessary for divers who like exploring the deeper areas. Winter water temperatures can get below 50 degrees (f).

Numerous large objects have been submerged in the quarry (a plane, helicopter, several vans and buses, boats, etc.), giving divers interesting things to see and explore. There is a large posted dive map near the docks that will help orient you as you plan your dive to visit those attractions.

Groups and families alike will appreciate and fully enjoy our facility, making a visit to Lake Phoenix a perfect Virginia get-away and/or vacation spot!

Dive Site Map

Click to Load Map


Frankenfish - 6/27/2023 9:37 PM
I went scuba diving here on 6/25/2023. Average viz: 5-10ft/2-3m. Water temp: 71-75°F/22-24°C.
Frankenfish - 6/27/2023 9:36 PM
I went scuba diving here on 6/24/2023. Average viz: 5-10ft/2-3m. Water temp: 71-75°F/22-24°C.
msande27 - 6/13/2023 4:25 PM
Rating Added: 5
11JUN2023. Water temp fluctuated, comfortable with 7mm. Down at 46ft it was 54 degrees…
randomlyon - 6/23/2022 4:43 PM
Rating Added: 5
As quarries go, it seems to be a rare gem. Good vis, fun stuff littered around the bottom, cool training aids, awesome bass-attack night dives if camping, great staff, really well thought out facilities, and a very nice long weekend. I would go more often save for my long drive.
lls1414 - 10/20/2021 2:09 PM
Rating Added: 4
Low visibility (10-15 ft). Did my checkdives here...a lot of fun sunken artifacts. Very nice dive/
SpacemanCraig - 8/02/2021 8:47 AM
Rating Added: 3
Visited Lake Pheonix this weekend. Staff were great, site is well equipped and had plenty to see. I got there late afternoon so water was already turned up some from the day as well as having stormed so clarity was down a bit. Will definitely be back.
TigerMtn - 7/02/2021 7:30 AM
I went scuba diving here on 6/27/2021.
Rescue Diver Course
Barnabysdad - 9/16/2020 9:25 AM
Last visit on 8/28/20. Nice and warm at the moment. 82 at the surface. 76 at the thermocline around 26’. Visibility was good at about 20’.
lawrieb - 8/01/2020 8:01 PM
Rating Added: 3
This quarry is a great little dive spot for those living in Virginia and especially for new divers. The water is clear and there are several sites to see underwater like a bus, airplane and other little set-ups.
Frankenfish - 8/29/2019 7:19 PM
I went scuba diving here on 8/25/2019. Average viz: 11-15ft/3-5m. Water temp: 76-80°F/24-27°C.
Way to many people this day. Water was unusually cloudy.
Frankenfish - 8/29/2019 7:17 PM
I went scuba diving here on 8/24/2019. Average viz: 11-15ft/3-5m. Water temp: 66-70°F/19-21°C.
Way to many people this day. Water was unusually cloudy.
Frankenfish - 7/07/2019 6:21 PM
I went scuba diving here on 7/5/2019. Average viz: 11-15ft/3-5m. Water temp: 50-55°F/10-13°C.
dpan - 7/07/2019 7:50 PM
It was nice diving with you guys. Looking forward to the next dive.
dpan - 6/13/2019 8:36 PM
Anyone going diving at Lake Pheonix next weekend? I can go either Saturday or Sunday
Barnabysdad - 6/14/2019 6:47 AM
I won’t be able to make it. If you aren’t able to find a buddy here, check out the Lake Phoenix Facebook group (it’s private, but they’ll add you if you request it). I’ve yet to have an issue finding a buddy on their group.
Barnabysdad - 4/27/2019 2:49 PM
I’m planning on being there with a few others Memorial Day weekend.

Planning on arriving 5/24 (Friday) and staying through 5/26 (Sunday).
Frankenfish - 4/27/2019 8:09 PM
I might be able to make Sat or Sun.
Barnabysdad - 5/16/2019 8:34 AM
FYI...this event was canceled today due to lack of interest. If anyone is game to meet up, I may still run down there. Let me know.
dpan - 4/27/2019 1:31 PM
I’m new to the sight and wanted to see if anyone wants to dive Lake Pheonix in a few weeks. I live in Manassas which is about a 2.5hr drive so might be camping the night before.
Frankenfish - 4/27/2019 8:12 PM
Let me know dates.
Barnabysdad - 3/23/2019 4:36 PM
3/16/19. Camped and completed two dives. Had a good time. Vis 30’+ and the water temperature was 48 at 20’ or so. Looking forward to my next trip down there.
cville_diver - 7/20/2018 3:45 PM
Rating Added: 4
Nice lake with camping and easy access. Usually good to excellent viz. There are a number of things to visit - bus, boats, helicopter, etc. It would be great if the fill station wasn’t over a small hill from the dock.
NathanDTaylor702 - 5/26/2018 9:15 PM
Rating Added: 4
Was fun. Just getting back in to diving and it was a great place to jump back in to Diving 26May2018
Frankenfish - 5/15/2018 9:25 PM
I went scuba diving here on 5/6/2018. Average viz: 5-10ft/2-3m. Water temp: 50-55°F/10-13°C.
Frankenfish - 5/15/2018 9:23 PM
I went scuba diving here on 5/5/2018. Average viz: 5-10ft/2-3m. Water temp: 56-60°F/13-16°C.
This was my 5th adventure dive for my AOW Cert (Navigation)