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South Holston Lake

South of Abingdon, Va is South Holston lake. 

Built by the TVA it is a major power generating and recreational facility.  The dives are located near a park located just after you pass over the dam.  Getting from the parking area to the dive entrance can be a challenge as the path is steep.

Visibility varies but is usually good below a scum layer.  About 15 feet down you pass through layer of 3~5 foot visibility coming out at about 25 feet deep.  The visibility improves to around 30~40 feet, though dark.  A light is helpful. 

You can follow a ramp to the base of the dam at about 125 feet. There are some sunken boats along the shore within a short swim if you head away form the dam.