Dig a Pond

Whether you want to dig a small goldfish pond, a quarter-acre pond, or a 20-acre lake, we have the equipment, experience and manpower to get it done.

residential pondThere are many reasons to dig a pond. The type of pond to you want depends on your goals.

Although no two ponds are alike, digging a pond or lake follows the same general guidelines.

Choose an appropiate location. The most cost-effective site to build a pond is where you can use the topography to your advantage. In the Houston area, a low area of gently sloping land offers several advantages: it’s closer to the water table for spring-fed or pumped water; it channels runoff surface water to it; and it greatly reduces the volume of dirt to excavate. Reducing the volume of dirt to excavate is especially important if you need to build a low dam; a dam is significantly more expensive per volume than excavating a basin.

Clear land of trees and stumps. After an appropriate spot is chosen, the land needs to be cleared of trees and stumps and disposed.

Excavate. Ponds don’t have to be dug too deep. If the deepest point in a pond is 18 feet, it will accommodate both cold and warm water fish, and allow sunlight 12 feet deep into the pond to promote shallow growing vegetation, which supplies oxygen for aquatic wildlife. To reduce digging expenses, shallow areas can be made to create a quality wildife habitat. Matching the right excavatoin equipment for the right job also reduces costs.

Import clay. Unless your pond is excavated from an area of tight clay, imported clay soil and perhaps other sealants are needed. If your basin is clay, it will most likely require some compacting. A general rule of thumb to determine if your pond will support water is to grab a small handful of the excavated basin soil and roll it into the shape of a pencil. If it bends before breaking, the clay should provide a seal.

Daniel Dean has the equipment, knowledge, and manpower to dig a pond or lake, or to reconstruct an existing pond that has been eroded, bringing it back to life. We have bulldozers, track hoes, scraper pan tractors, dump trucks and other equipment suited for your job.

excavator shapes pondAn excavator shapes the sides of a detention pond.
dig a pondThis property was cleared and a pond dug. The dirt was used to construct a house pad in Clear Creek Forest, off Nichols Sawmill Road in Magnolia, Texas.
pond remediationThe banks of this pond eroded into the pond. Daniel Dean dredged the dirt that eroded into the pond, placed it back were it belonged, smoothed it out, and seeded and fertilized it. Then we placed an erosion control blanket to hold the soil in place until the grass grew back to hold the dirt in place.

Reasons to dig a pond or lake

    • It might be a low area that holds water and is wet the majority of the year
    • Moving dirt to build your house pad or to fill in low areas on the property
    • Fishing pond
    • Swimming hole for you or watering hole your livestock
    • Enhance the beauty of your property
    • To attract wild life

recreational pond