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#448080 05/24/16 08:22 PM
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At what size does a pond become a lake? My neighbor's 7.5 acre has more lake character than pond character in my view.

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It may be a matter of semantics, John!

Mine is 2 acres, half the people call it a pond, half call it a lake.

For me, it's a pond, yet at it's best has the serenity of a lake.

But right now because of all the rains and runoff and looking like chocolate milk, it's a puddle smile .


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I heard a funny one from a real estate agent. If you're selling property, it's a lake. If you're buying it's a pond..


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Technically, a pond is man made, and a lake is natural, but size has long been what most use to define a lake and pond. Some areas say 5 acres plus, and other areas say 10 acres plus to be a lake. Depth can also be part of the differences in definitions. Some states define a "lake" by size (Maine defines a lake as 10 acres surface area or more)

If you own it, call it whatever you like!



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If that's the case Rex, I have a 600 gallon Koi lake in my back yard. It does have 4 really large bluegill in it though. LOL

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I have wondered this same thing many times. Thanks


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Why do some lake names have the word lake in front of the name and some have the word lake after the name?

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Cedar Creek Lake
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I looked into the same question a few years ago. FWIW One definition I remember said a BOW has to be big enough to impact weather patterns to be a lake. By that definition, does that mean there are only 5 lakes in the US?

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Practically speaking a lake is a BOW that is too large to afford to fix problems with, and a pond is manageable. So if you are not rich like me, then a 1 acre pond is considered a lake. ;-)


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