There's much more to creating a successful pond than just digging a hole. We calculate watershed, take ground samples, create a watertight core, and consider the long term outlook of your property. Anyone with an excavator or bulldozer can take your money and dig a hole, but our team digs much deeper than that.
We included time/map stamps on this one because it was hard to believe it could have been the same pond. We meticulously designed this 3.5 acre, 10-14 ft depth pond and watershed, and as a result it had no problem filling up even during a complete drought in Texas. Contact us to get your project started. (and yes, we built the dock too!)
Before: Pond with sediment buildup and shallow portions, overgrown with vegetation and excess brush
To sustain a fruitful fishery or aesthetically pleasing lake, you must first properly design your pond or lake. Below par constructed ponds are extremely hard to manage and maintain. About half of our phone call inquiries are "someone else dug our pond, and it never filled...can you help?" While it can be done, unfortunately it's much cheaper and easier to construct a brand new pond correctly the first time than it is to correct poorly designed work. Our motto is plan for a long time, execute in a short time, last for decades.
In a poorly designed pond, water levels may change significantly if there is a pond leak or if the watershed area is not designed large enough to support the body of water. Having far too many flats or shallow areas may cause unwanted vegetative growth and it will multiply exponentially. In addition, erosion and pollution from the watershed may make ongoing pond maintenance and even mowing very difficult or at least a headache. With the right environment, any size body of water can and will produce a fishery that holds up to your expectations, you just need the right team to help achieve your pond goals.
We surprised Dan and Lynda, two veterans who served our country proudly, with over $40,000 of free dirt work to create a brand new fishing pond and a brand new fishing dock at their home.
For almost 30 years we have been digging and working on our own ponds. In fact, the original 1940s D8 Caterpillar that dug our first ponds is still located at our facility in Caddo Mills, TX (and so are the ponds!). We have come a long way since we started and have made many improvements along the way but everything we do for customers we did first for ourselves. We are the only excavation company in Texas who can demonstrate "try before you buy" ponds at our Public Fishing Ponds.
When we renovate ponds in Texas, our clients are often shocked by what (and how much) material comes out of the bottom of their pond. Even other excavation contractors who don't have the experience and specialty in existing pond renovation are often shocked by the massive volume of material, and often don't know how to handle or move the material, or prevent potential damage caused by its movement.
As time goes on, sediment and organic matter (fish, plants, insects, etc) die and break down, sinking to the bottom of a body of water. As the years pass, this sediment mix builds up in the bottom of a pond or lake, making it shallow and causing it to grow excess vegetation and appear murky. Eventually the only answer to making your pond healthy, beautiful, and functional again is to drain it, de-water it, and remove as much of this sediment as possible before allowing it to fill again.
Here's a look at what this freshly-removed material looks like, and an example of how it moves and flows....about like wet concrete, and nearly as heavy. Before removing this material we always have a plan for it and a route for it to flow safely. It's NOT just "more dirt" at the bottom of your pond!
Half acre pond renovation with new dock construction in Celeste Texas
Building a pond in Quinlan, TX. This is a 2 acre new construction on land that had been previously terraced.
We turned this heavily wooded area into a functional fishing pond with a 10 foot depth. Trees remaining were carefully planned out to create the most aesthetically pleasing end result, while allowing surrounding areas to remain as maintenance-free as possible.