scottaa1 wrote:Hmmm I knew someone 7 or 8 years ago who did that very thing... used a creek/natural spring on his parent's property in southern Indiana to create a pond. Paid to stock it with bass, panfish, catfish to keep the bottom clean. I fell out of touch with him though and I think he moved away to find a new job.
Man, I'd love to pick the brain of someone who's done this. Take them out there and let them check out the area. That would be better than probably anything I could read I'd imagine.
scottaa1 wrote:You say it's in the woods... just how wooded is the area? It could be a nightmare trying to dig through a bunch of old roots. And how are you considering digging the pond, can you rent a bobcat or a backhoe and dig it out that way?
I don't know how to explain how wooded the areas are. If it's not farm land it's woods. I wouldn't say it's thick really, though the vegetation makes it that way in the summer. We own a skidloader so I can do a lot of the digging. It's not quite a backhoe obviously and I know it'll take a long time, but those skidloaders are fun so I don't mind that too much.
scottaa1 wrote:I'd probably dig a hole off to the side, then make a spur from the creek to one end of the pond and then another spur from the other end of the pond back to the creek. But, I'm no civil engineer or anything.
That's an idea given to me from a coworker actually. What I learned, reading this Nebraska Pond Management Handbook, was that having your pond continuously fed by a creek isn't good. It can create problems like erosion, flooding, undesirable species, etc. Things you can't control. So I think I'll be using an inlet and outlet into the pond from the creek, so I can use the creek to feed the pond, to fill it, but I can also open the valve on the bottom end to let go some if needed. And close the top valve when it's finished filling. That seemed like a good idea.
scottaa1 wrote:Just how wide is this creek you speak of? Are we talking a couple feet across or what?
At spots the creek is 10-20 feet across. At others, you can walk across rocks and get to the other side. There's a lot of bends, it's really never straight in any places. Very high banks throughout with a few exceptions. Very nice clay banks and bottom which is conducive to sealing a pond. Lots of muskrat, or whatever they are, holes along the banks. I've caught snapping turtles, big ones, and it used to have beavers. If I can think of anything else I'll add it.