Lake Rawlings

USA East


Submitted By:
Dave K

Submitter Comments:
Lake Rawlings is a good sized beautiful lake that was at one time a granite quarry. Depths up to 65 feet, and all sorts or neat stuff to explore such as two school buses, boats, and lots of special treats.

 About 60 miles south of Richmond VA,Take I-95 south to Exit 51, I-85 South (near Petersburg). Take Exit 39 Rawlings and turn right towards the Nottoway Inn. After 0.2 miles, at the "T" intersection, turn left onto Route 1 South. After 1 mile, at the dive flag sign, turn right onto Rawlings Rd/Route 629. After 1.4 miles, turn right onto Quarry Lane (dirt road). Follow Quarry Lane straight to the main gate!


ShoreDiving Survival: Campaign for Patrons
  Please click HERE to learn how, for $1 a month,
YOU can help sustain and grow ShoreDiving by becoming a Patron!

A very warm 'Thank You' to all the one-time and continuing contributors.
Because of you, after 20 years, we are becoming Ad-Free and Tracking-Free!!!

Lake Rawlings Patrons:   Please consider becoming a Patron for Lake Rawlings

Dive Site Links:   (If you have a relevant link for Lake Rawlings, please write us here.)
No external links have been submitted.

Diver Reviews:    Click here to write a Site Review, and share any new information about this site!

05/22/2019 Ruthie (Avg: 4.05 Review) - I have been to Lake Phoenix (it's now called that) a few times. Here is what is great: I have a lot of friends that haven't dove in a while and this is a perfect place to get back into it. There are a lot of things placed in the lake for diving amusement. One of my favorite is the carousel horses. There are a lot of lake fish and can be friendly. The temperature is great if you stay in the 20 foot range...however, as you go deeper, it gets drastically colder. But when you get out your nice again. Swimmers are welcome with divers on the weekend. Shop is full service and friendly. Dogs are welcome and we brought a little grill for burgers; a nice afternoon to just hang out. And since I live in VA it's a way to keep up my skills.

12/02/2017 Traveler (Avg: 3.49 Review) - We came to Lake Phoenix for our check out dives. The staff was helpful and the site was very nice. Exploring a sunken sailboat was great. The planes and the helicopter we did not see but will return for another dive. I hope they do not put any more hub caps, cars, buses or garbage in the quarry.

04/10/2011 Andrew Zizza (Avg: 3.85 Review) - I've done my SDI Sidemount Cert. and after 2 days of diving here, I did not want to go home (MASS). Water temp 47 Vis. 35+ ft. and lots of cool things to see. A Plane, an up right boat ,a dummy on a lawnmower, (For Blade). And lots more.

11/02/2008 Steve W (Avg: 4.06 Review) - Excellent Visibility! Usually 25-35 ft.

07/24/2008 Eric McBride (Avg: 3.06 Review) - Me and my buddies made our first trip here and we will certainly go back! The vis was excellent for freshwater diving, easily the clearest lake/quarry in the state of Va. They had recently added an airplane to go along with the movie 'The Replacements'. They had many other submerged objects to look at as well, and the fish were plentiful in the areas shallower than 30 feet.

12/04/2007 JL (Avg: 3.35 Review) - Had a great time. Lots to see, nice water temp, and great vis for a quarry.

Dive Site Pictures:
   (If you have pictures for Lake Rawlings, please send them here.)

Special thanks to Eric McBride!
Lake Rawlings.
Submitted by Eric McBride

Special thanks to Eric McBride!
Bluegill by hubcaps.
Submitted by Eric McBride

Special thanks to Eric McBride!
Replacement sign.
Submitted by Eric McBride

Special thanks to Andrew!
Plane Dive.
Submitted by Andrew

Special thanks to Andrew!
Plane Dive.
Submitted by Andrew

Special thanks to Andrew!
Plane Dive.
Submitted by Andrew

Special thanks to Andrew!
Plane Dive.
Submitted by Andrew


Diver Averages for  Lake Rawlings  (1=worst, 5=best)

Average Site Condition

Ease of Shore Entry:  4.33
Bottom Conditions:  4.17
Reef Conditions:  3.50
Animal Life:  3.50
Plant Life:  2.83
Facilities:  4.00
Solitude 3.67
Roads:  3.17
*Site Average:  3.64

Average Enjoyment Level

Snorkel:  3.83
Beginner Scuba:  4.50
Intermediate Scuba:  3.83
Advanced Scuba:  3.33
Night diving Scuba:  3.17

Number of reviews for this site: 6


  Search  About You  |  About Us  |  Contact


Copyright 2000-2020, LLC. tm All rights reserved.
Please read and understand the
Disclaimer concerning information contained in this site.