We used old telephone poles that the utility company left on our property. You can also buy them from utility for like $5 or $10 a piece if you call them frequently and ask if they have any to get rid of.
This is a 10X16 floating dock with a 40' walkway we got off a Corp of Engineers lake (L.Hartwell) for CHEAP! I got vinyl flooring (in a wooden plank pattern) and glued overtop the original decking. Surprisingly no slipperier than wood itself. After recovering on the other side of the pond after a windy day, I had to secure it with cable tie-outs to the bank. Getting ready to put a 10X10 EZ-Up camo canopy back on for the summer. It works for a farm pond. Gotta love it.
- Dave 4.5 acre woodland pond constructed Feb 2011 - began fill Aug 25 - full pool Nov 18 - fish stocked Oct 25: 1200 Shellcracker; 3800 bluegill bream; 500 channel catfish May 2012: 500 LMB May 2012; 50 "permitted" sterile grass carp.
10 years old and doing fine. Chains with turnbuckles run from corner to corner between the fixed section and the floating section (under the ramp) to stabilize the floating section. I added rails after a couple close calls with visitors.
Thank you - A lot cheaper than the numbers flying around this thread and the bottom of the floating dock has 9 Menards' floats on the 12' x 12' section. There is a cargo net hanging outside the floating and fixed sections (outside the ramp) that I made from parachute cord which gets filled with "floaties" when it warms up. On the other side, a canoe is kept upside down (held from sliding by wood chocks.