Falling Rock Park, LaGrange, Kentucky
Falling Rock Park is a former rock quarry located just outside
of La Grange, Kentucky, in Oldham County. It is owned by the Joe Clark
family and has been turned into a dive site which is open on Saturday
and Sunday from May through October. Divers pay a fee of $15 per day, Sightseers
pay $5 per day. The water is very clean for a quarry with visibility
generally around 20+ feet. Water temperature in summer is great even
without a wet suit in the top 15 to 20 feet. Below that you hit a thermal cline
with an immediate 15 degree water temperature drop. I've been told there
is a second thermal cline at about 40 to 45 feet deep with an additional
temperature drop. I took their word for it and didn't seek to verify it!
Quite a few fish, all looking to be fed. It's obvious divers have been
pampering these fish for some time now.
There are a number of items sunk in the quarry for divers to
locate. They include several small boats (see our
page on the sinking of the [small]
Titanic), a school bus and an old commode
with a (fake) skeleton perched on it. There are several platforms at
various depths. The Louisville Dive Center and New Horizons Diving shops
both use this location for open water dive training, navigation training, etc.
Directions from Lexington:
I-64 West to Shelbyville, KY
State Rd 53 North thru Shelbyville and on to La Grange. Maybe 25
miles or so.
Follow 53 thru town. Turn left on first street after crossing
Turn right on 4th street. Follow about 3 miles into the
country. After you pass Joe Clark's Quarry (active one) you will see
Falling Rock Park, retired quarry. Both on your right heading North.
Click on the map below for a larger view.