In Colorado, so the pond has to be deep enough that the fish don’t die when the lake freezes over.
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The cost ulimately will be determined by the time and equipment needed to build your pond. Lay of the land and ease of access to it will also a play a major determining factor. You should call a contractor and see about getting an estimate and compare that cost to renting the needed earth movers and doing it yourself if possible. Another cost consideration is whether or not you are going to have to line the bottom of your pond. All too often people start out with the intent of having a pond in a spot where the earth is too porous to hold water and end up with a mud pit.
Are you sure you could finance and pay for such a big project, before hell freezes over?
well first of all you r not going to build one cuz you will need to do some diggin not buildin. well my teacher made a pond in Ohio he said it was about 15 feet deep and it was 2 acres
dozers cost around 300 for first three hours then will go down in cost to around 80 per hour.
need to check with the local game and fish to find out the depth and which fish will live.
In Georgia we usually just call a local dirt company and they come out for free to do the digging for the free dirt. However, you have to wait for them to get orders for loads of dirt before the project gets finished. Try contacting some local construction companies and find out which ones might be interested in free fill dirt.
I have to chuckle at that Georgia boy and his "free dirt" thing. I don’t mean to be insulting though. Here in Michigan you can have a pond dug, for roughly about $1200.00 that’s a start and, not a big one. A decent one, try about $2400.00 or double, like my son had.
He has Bass the weigh up to five pounds now. But, two acres, that’s quite an investment my friend. Your talking big money.
I would first go to a pond and speak with the people that raise these fish. Find out all the facts you can about it. Then go to the DNR and get some advise from them. Then, see a market advertiser and see what the market wants for these fish, whether to raise them for food, trans-planting, etc.
A lot of facts to find out before you turn over a spade of dirt. You might want to think about a pond as strictly recreational.
first you would need permision for your towns wetllands division, and if over 5000 square feet maybe army corps of engineers………(but if you are out in the middle of nowhere, say it takes 20 miles to the first town and the first sign you see, says this town has zoning rquirements, then just bulldoze away)
you would need to be concerned for safety of the people down hill from your site………you know worst case scenario,
with the bulldoze option find a depression and bulldoze away…
another option would be to dam up an area around a swampy area or an area with springs….
I have seen articles on using explosives to blow out the dirt……but that probably is not possible , due to proximity to your neighbors…..
check fo rlocal ppl that are contractors and see if they can do this for you.I have a local guy here in Indiana that charges around 75 per hour for equpment and time!He just dug and dredged out a buddies wet spot into a 4 acre pond 12 foot deep for 8000!He uses a crane and a dozer for the job needed!
Go ahead and chuckle at the Georgia boy cowboydoc. Down here we don’t enjoy the unions you have in Michigan. Some things are really free.
i wouldn’t dream of digging a pond without first getting my hands on Ray Scott’s "Great Small Waters". It may not help you with costs, but it will give the best ideas on topography, fish stocking and maximizing fish production. I would look on eBay for a used set of videos, or I have attached the link to buy it new.
You will need all the information above to truly price out any construction anyway.
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