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Someone ( I think a local gamewarden) once told me that apond has no source other than runoff and that a lake has a source such as a creek, spring, etc. So if this is true you could have a 1 acre lake which I have fished on one of those (spring fed) or you could have a 55 acre pond such as Ray Scotts which is fed purely by rainoff (I think).
Does anyone know if this indeed true or just sounds real good.

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That doesn't quite sound right to me. What I have heard/believe is that the body of water is a pond up until app. 10 surface acres and then more then that the term lake would be applied. I don't know if there is a clear concensus on this one, I doubt there is.


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No hard and fast rules on this but . . .

Generally, we call a body of water less than 5-6 surface acres a pond. If it's larger, we tend to refer to it as a lake.

Then again, if you have 5 acres of water on your property, it's a lake. If that 5 acres is on your neighbor's place, it's a pond.

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"Then again, if you have 5 acres of water on your property, it's a lake. If that 5 acres is on your neighbor's place, it's a pond."

Ha ha ha I like that.


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