Named for the small, falling-apart shack looking thing on shore in the rocks above it, Deep Shack is home to some of the best granite wall diving at the lake—and like any good wall, it gets deep fast. For reference, there’s a boat nearby about 60 feet off shore that’s moored in 150′ of water.
The cliffs here aren’t quite as contiguous as spots along D.L. Bliss Underwater Park, but you can still find massive vertical faces in amongst the piled, house-sized rocks. This mix of rock sizes creates swim-throughs all over the place, if you’re into that sort of thing.
I’ve seen 60-foot-long schools of juvenile trout cruising along the wall here, moving together like one huge fish. Up closer to the surface, huge schools of Lahontan redside shiners hang around the myriad outcroppings. Full-grown trout come in and out hunting all of the above.
The site is roughly where you see the “134” on the depth chart below. Personally, I canoe myself there and dive with a rocky entry from shore. There’s a large flat rock that makes for a great post-dive lounge.
- Access: Paddle in for shore dive from the rocks near the shack, boat access for site generally
- Surface swim: Minimal to non-existent from boat
- Crowds: None
- Dive experience level: Advanced
- Highlights: Gets deep very quickly, amazing granite, good fish
- Dive flag: Required in Nevada