Tricks to digging below the water level?

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So, I found a turn of the century dump and I pulled out a straight sided coke where the wall of the dump drops a little below the level of the creek bed. In other words, I pulled it essentially out of the dirt underneath the water. The dump is right on the water and is even below the creek. Any tips on how to dig in these kinds of dumps? Most often the water just refills the hole with mud. It's also a shame, since the freezing and thawing likely caused a lot of these bottles to break. As for the part that is on dry land, I'm not sure if water seeping in and flooding the dig hole would be a problem. Anyone know? Thanks in advance!
 

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So, I found a turn of the century dump and I pulled out a straight sided coke where the wall of the dump drops a little below the level of the creek bed. In other words, I pulled it essentially out of the dirt underneath the water. The dump is right on the water and is even below the creek. Any tips on how to dig in these kinds of dumps? Most often the water just refills the hole with mud. It's also a shame, since the freezing and thawing likely caused a lot of these bottles to break. As for the part that is on dry land, I'm not sure if water seeping in and flooding the dig hole would be a problem. Anyone know? Thanks in advance!

Dig some test holes at various distances on land. As far as under water, no clue.


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Sounds exactly like a Dump I've Dug before, Mines on a fast flowing River so the Water does not seem to freeze much as it's always moving but have not noticed alot of broken Bottles due to Freezing, Plus I don't go there in the Winter anyways. But my Hole always fills with mud which is a real Bummer. LEON.
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Thanks guys! I'll definitely dig a few test holes. glad to see that your dump is producing and accessible below water level. Mine is moving as well, but it's just a small stream so it's more likely to freeze. Luckily it seems like the frozen leaf cover keeps the dirt insulated a bit.
 

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Yes, the leaves being darker actually make heat when the sun hits them too. ...This thread is helpful. We've all been wet. Thanks guys.
Leon, did that Hemmingray come out intact?
 

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