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#564379 02/13/24 08:52 PM
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What shape pond would you recommend for this location? The red outline is an approximate cleared off property, blue out line is approximate location, and the X is about 100 yards from the back of the house. The width of the open area where the X is located is approximately 200'. I will plan to square off the property over the next year or two. I'd like to have about 3/4 surface acre for the pond.

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I am not a pond builder, but I think the ponds that match the "lay of the land" generally look the best.

Is there a little draw running into the side of your pond site, make that a cove. A little bump of high ground, extend a peninsula out from there.

I can't see the house in the photo. Where is the house?

Generally, the water view is best when the long-axis of the pond is in the same azimuth as the sight line.

Good luck on your pond project! I like your site with cleared land that will have forest boundaries.

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The house is where the blue rectangle is, the house area is 92' wide (top to bottom in pic) and 55' deep. The property is extremely flat, but there does appear to be a small low lying area about 5' wide that looks like water channels through like a small ditch. This area is approximately 50' from the end of the pond, so I'd likely redirect it to the pond to assist with filling.

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Originally Posted by FishinRod
I am not a pond builder, but I think the ponds that match the "lay of the land" generally look the best.

Is there a little draw running into the side of your pond site, make that a cove. A little bump of high ground, extend a peninsula out from there.

I can't see the house in the photo. Where is the house?

Generally, the water view is best when the long-axis of the pond is in the same azimuth as the sight line.

Good luck on your pond project! I like your site with cleared land that will have forest boundaries.

Put a dam in a canyon is the easiest way to achieve this.

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Do you have a topo map?

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I don’t have a topo, but it’s really flat. Elevation change is leas than 2 feet, but property does drain from left to right in picture.

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Originally Posted by TigerFanatic1
I don’t have a topo, but it’s really flat. Elevation change is leas than 2 feet, but property does drain from left to right in picture.

OK, that actually helps a lot.

Looking at your picture, I was speculating that it drained from right to left!

If generally flat, then shaping the pond to fit well within the long-axis of your cleared area would probably be the easiest construction and a nice view from the house.

What is the water supply to fill the pond?

If you expect too little water at times, then I would certainly build the house above grade and direct the roof downspouts and the water running off of the lawn to be directed to the pond.

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I plan to let it fill with rain water. Although flat, a nearby pond has never been empty and only dropped 2' this summer which was drier than normal. The house pad is 3' above normal elevation, so definitely like the idea of routing downspouts toward pond.


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