Lane Gilchrist Reef
Lane Gilchrist Reef is comprised of 8000 tons of concrete rubble from that was removed from the old Gulf Breeze Fishing Bridge which was destroyed by Hurricane Ivan in 2004. In a collaborative project between Escambia County and the city of Gulf Breeze, Escambia County Marine Resources deployed the rubble on a 60 acre site located about 3 miles southeast of Pensacola Pass with a maximum depth around 50′.
Diving the Lane Gilchrist Reef
This shallow reef is a popular dive site for divers of all experience levels. Since this is a 60 acre site most of the popular diving is around the 40′-50′ range.
Getting to the Lane Gilchrist Reef
The reef is a in-shore dive and is located about 3 miles from Pensacola Beach in about 50′ of water. You can use the GPS Location of 30 17.467’N and 87 13.773’W to navigate towards the reef. This is a pretty popular dive with the charter boats and can become busy at times.
Marine life seen around the Lane Gilchrist Reef
When diving the reef you will see a lot of different marine life, some of them are:
There are many other types of marine life that are around the reef, if you want to identify the species you can look at the Florida Fish and Wildlife Saltwater identification page.