Take the Long
Island Expressway to Exit 59. Make the second left off the
road to Pond Road, which will turn into Lake Shore Road. Lake Shore
runs along the lake, and parking can be found in a few spots.
I would not
Lake Ronkonkoma to
many divers. The mud bottom here
reduces visibility to zero as soon as it is disturbed. I have only
done two dives here. One was recreational, and I didn't see or find
anything that would make me want to return. The second, was
to assist the Ronkonkoma Fire
Department in a
search and recovery drill for its scuba team.
The lake is,
however, enjoyed by some divers during winter months.
divers enjoy cutting a hole in the winter ice and then dropping
through. These divers usually find
great visibility since they are suspended above the silty bottom. A
word of caution: ice diving is not for all divers. It
specialized skills and should not be attempted without the proper
equipment and professional training.
A few years ago a
drought caused the lakes water level to fall. Local treasure hunters
flocked to the site. Now able to wade out further than ever before
recovered quite a few gold rings and lots of old
coins. Divers who utilize metal detectors can still take advantage
of the lake and they don't even need drought conditions to access
the most lucrative sites.
For recreational diving without a metal detector,
during the normal spring to fall
offers divers little more than an opportunity to
salt off of their dive gear.
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