THE LAKE 'S HISTORY
The scenic nature of Fantasy Lake as it looks today has been
described as a “jewel of nature cut from the rocks by decades
of hard labor”. The first time visitor will be awed by the
panorama of stone cliffs lifting out of the crystal waters.
Construction began in the 1800s as a stone quarry. Stone for
the quarry was used for construction on projects as far away
as the Chesapeake Bay Tunnel. In 1950 the 52-acre quarry was
abandoned when a massive spring began to fill the 90-foot depth.
The flooding was so rapid that they were unable to remove the
large rock-crushing machine located in the quarry today.
In 1980, Doye Sherrill purchased the 100 acres surrounding
and including the quarry. Over the years he has converted the
abandoned quarry into a unique scuba diving recreational and
Careful attention is paid to maintaining maximum clarity of
the water. Rock cliffs extend to 80 ft. depths of clear water.
The lake offers three deep holes with depths of 60 to 80 feet.
The acreage around the Lake is fenced and available for hiking
and primitive camping. At Fantasy Lake, hike up “ Fantasy Lake Mountain ” to the highest man made point in Wake County and
then dive underwater 80 feet to the lowest point in Wake County
Fish and marine life are abundant in the lake which is closed
to fishing and recreational swimming. Divers may bring non-diving
guest, however, for sunbathing, hiking, and camping.
The Lake and surrounding Park is well maintained and managed
for the maximum recreational enjoyment of scuba divers.
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