|As this derelict vessel lay abandoned for years in the Okeechobee Waterway, it became the unlikely home to a young Australian Pine – and thus the barge’s nickname was born. The pine is still on board today on the ocean floor, and it now shares the barge with a diverse deep water community.
Several species rarely seen or photographed have been spotted at this locale, including Warsaw Grouper, True Red Snapper, Snowy Grouper and Marble Grouper. While its abundance of pelagic species make the Tree Barge a popular site for blue water anglers, its depth and strong currents are not appropriate for recreational divers. This is an advanced dive site only.
In 2005, several Reefmaker units were added to the corridor between the Wickstrom, Tree Barge and High Queen / Zeppo reef sites. These units will add to the available growth structure.