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Is it a Lake, or a Pond?
#522521 06/15/20 09:03 AM
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My neighbor friend likes to refer to my 1.2 acre Pond as a Lake, as if he's correcting me when I call it a pond.
The conundrum is usually pondered over a cocktail or two as we take a break from solving the rest of the worlds problems.

He asks, how I know the difference? My response, if it's too small for water skiing - it's a Pond!

His response is more compelling. If it has a source, other than rain, like a spring or creek - it's a lake.
"Ponds can dry up in a drought, lakes don't", he says.

It's spring fed, I still call it a Pond.

What is it?

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Journeyman #522524 06/15/20 09:40 AM
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Our pond is about 3/4 acre now. We use to call it a pond when it was like 1/3 acre. I rebuilt it and made it a lot closer to the house. The wife has now named it "Stringer Lake". It still isn't very big looks it because its so close to the house. I have learned over the years not to argue with her so its now a lake. LOL


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RStringer #522527 06/15/20 10:24 AM
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Originally Posted by RStringer
I have learned over the years not to argue with her so its now a lake. LOL

You are wise beyond your years. ;-)

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Journeyman #522534 06/15/20 12:09 PM
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This is the best description that I have found:

https://pondacademy.com/lake-vs-pond

Looks like depth is the key (although there's no one depth that is the dividing line). smile

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Journeyman #522542 06/15/20 01:22 PM
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The most knowledgeable person in real estate I know once told me. A lake is defined by have a blue line water access. If it does not have a blue line then it`s a pond, but if it has the blue line it`s a lake. He also told me if your a buyer of a property everything is a pond, but if your a seller everything is a lake.


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KY_pond #522544 06/15/20 02:08 PM
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Originally Posted by KY_pond
This is the best description that I have found:

https://pondacademy.com/lake-vs-pond

Looks like depth is the key (although there's no one depth that is the dividing line). smile

I hope this isn't the best description...
Depth, and sunlight reaching the bottom are factors. Okay, but how deep, what about water clarity?


After further research, I find a map of my town, I see two bodies of water nearby.
One is 172 acres, 10ft depth, the other is 6 acres, 11ft depth.
The small one is called a Lake, the big one is called a Pond.

The debate lives on!

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A lot of us go by the 10 acre cut. Less than 10 is a pond, greater than 10 is a lake.


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"She took another microscopic bite of her sandwich, then pushed it away. Maybe she absorbed nutrients from her surroundings."

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Journeyman #522557 06/15/20 05:22 PM
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My favorite definition:

"Your 5 acre BOW is a pond, my 5 acre BOW is a lake."


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Journeyman #522567 06/15/20 08:43 PM
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Reminds me of the movie, The Man who went up a Hill and came down a Mountain. Added a couple of feet on top...


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Journeyman #522593 06/16/20 08:51 AM
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If you can land a float-plane on it, it's a lake. Otherwise, call it what YOU want. After all, its yours.


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A dry fly catches no fish
Try not to be THAT 10%
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Journeyman #522599 06/16/20 10:57 AM
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Anything over 5 acres is a lake!-- according to a couple of pond management courses i've takenfrom Penn state
and texas ag! Will that end the discussion? Prob not!..🤣

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In Texas, From Dallas East, it’s a pond. From Fort Worth West, it’s a tank(stock tank for watering livestock which is generally cows).

Get over into Arkansas and Louisiana and it’s a pool(pool of water).


It's not about the fish. It's about the pond. Take care of the pond and the fish will be fine. PB subscriber since before it was in color.

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All the people around here say our place is the one with the lake out front. I refer to it as the money pit.


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