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#12725993 - 04/22/18 09:34 AM Where to begin on digging a pond?
bloo_rainger Offline
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Registered: 12/19/07
Posts: 3364
Loc: Tarrant
Iíve thought about maybe having a pond dug on my property but donít know where to start. Ideally I would like to have it be a bass lake. Iíve got sixty acres of land. Donít know what the ideal size would be or depth or multiple depths. How do I get started.

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#12726168 - 04/22/18 12:52 PM Re: Where to begin on digging a pond? [Re: bloo_rainger]
Stonebriar Offline
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Registered: 02/26/08
Posts: 370
Loc: Lake Fork, Tx

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#12726236 - 04/22/18 01:59 PM Re: Where to begin on digging a pond? [Re: bloo_rainger]
bloo_rainger Offline
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Thanks

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#12727543 - 04/23/18 02:35 PM Re: Where to begin on digging a pond? [Re: bloo_rainger]
salex Offline
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Edited by salex (04/23/18 02:38 PM)
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#12727921 - 04/23/18 07:41 PM Re: Where to begin on digging a pond? [Re: bloo_rainger]
bloo_rainger Offline
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#12788142 - 06/11/18 02:22 PM Re: Where to begin on digging a pond? [Re: bloo_rainger]
donothin Offline
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Registered: 05/16/08
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Loc: Belton Lake, Moffat
Check with your local NRCS, National Resource Conservation Service. They are usually good for staking a pond and helping with the design and possibly stocking.

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#12788855 - 06/12/18 04:32 AM Re: Where to begin on digging a pond? [Re: bloo_rainger]
Dave Davidson Offline
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Agree with Steve. Education is the cheapest part of the process.

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#12885903 - 09/03/18 03:22 PM Re: Where to begin on digging a pond? [Re: bloo_rainger]
pil,b Offline
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I think you will need a permit from water district or state ( I know it's your land ) but check it out.

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#12886044 - 09/03/18 05:33 PM Re: Where to begin on digging a pond? [Re: pil,b]
salex Offline
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Loc: NE Texas
Originally Posted By: pil,b
I think you will need a permit from water district or state ( I know it's your land ) but check it out.


A permit is only needed when the pond exceeds 200 acre feet. So, this means you could build a 20 acre lake that has an average depth of 10 feet before you need a permit. The state of Texas is one of the most landowner friendly states in the US. Most states require permitting for any size pond. NY and California require a crazy amount of unnecessary paperwork.
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#12928643 - 10/09/18 04:46 PM Re: Where to begin on digging a pond? [Re: bloo_rainger]
Txduckhunter Offline
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I suggest a 55 acre lake on your 60 acres. Less property maintenance and more fishing time!

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#12929073 - 10/09/18 10:21 PM Re: Where to begin on digging a pond? [Re: salex]
9094 Offline
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Originally Posted By: salex
Originally Posted By: pil,b
I think you will need a permit from water district or state ( I know it's your land ) but check it out.


A permit is only needed when the pond exceeds 200 acre feet. So, this means you could build a 20 acre lake that has an average depth of 10 feet before you need a permit. The state of Texas is one of the most landowner friendly states in the US. Most states require permitting for any size pond. NY and California require a crazy amount of unnecessary paperwork.


But donít go to the NRCS office. They will come up with any way they can to block it.

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