Wheeler Branch Outing

Jim Magnuson

On Saturday, March 24, the Diving Rebels will be heading to Wheeler Branch Park, 2099 County Road 301, Glen Rose, TX 76043, for a day of diving and hanging out with good friends! The entrance fee for adult non–Somerville County residents is $8 per person; the park opens at 7:00 am and closes at the time posted at the gate house. Wheeler Branch Park has a boat ramp with floating dock, a beach area that also has its own floating dock island, public restrooms, covered picnic areas, and a large pavilion. The Diving Rebels have visited Wheeler Branch several times, and the diving has been a lot of fun—easy entrance and exit and plenty to see underwater!

There are several nice things about diving Wheeler Branch, and early in the year, visibility can be fairly good. Wheeler Branch has a number of easy-to-find underwater attractions, and with a little luck, you might get to see a freshwater jellyfish! Come out to practice your underwater photography or navigation or to simply enjoy a lake dive sans power boats!

Check out the park’s website for directions and other details: http://www.scwd.com/about-the-park.html.

Lunch will be potluck snackables, so it would help if you bring something to share. Please bring your own beverages. For dinner, we will meet at a favorite Glen Rose spot, the Loco Coyote Grill, 1795 County Road 1004, Glen Rose, TX 76043 (www.lococoyotegrill.com/home.html, phone: [254] 897-2324).

If you want to stay overnight, camping at the park is not permitted, but the Glen Rose area offers a number of reasonably priced hotels/motels (TripAdvisor: Glen Rose Hotels).

Directions to the Loco Coyote:

  1. Eight miles west of Glen Rose on Highway 67
  2. Right on County Road 1004 (large Loco Coyote billboard on the right)
  3. 1/2 mile down CR 1004 on the left​

If you have trouble using your GPS, try this address: 1795 County Road 1004, Walnut Springs, TX 76690.