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Dig a Pond

Whether you want to dig a small goldfish pond, a quarter-acre pond, or a 20-acre lake we have the equipment, experience and manpower to get it done.


There are many reasons to dig a pond. The type of pond you want depends on your goals.

Although no two ponds are alike, digging a pond or lake follows the same general guidelines.


Choose an appropriate location.

The most cost-effective site to build a pond is where you can use the topography to your advantage. In the Houston area, a low area of gently sloping land offers several advantages: it's closer to the water table for spring-fed or pumped water; it channels run off surface water to it; and it greatly reduces the volume of dirt to excavate. Reducing the volume of dirt to excavate is especially important if you need to build a low dam; a dam is significantly mo expensive per volume than excavating a basin.


Clear land of trees and stumps. After an appropriate spot is chosen, the land needs to be cleared of trees, stumps and disposed of.


Excavate. Ponds don't have to be dug too deep. If the deepest point in a pond is 18 feet, it will accommodate both cold and warm water fish, and allow sunlight 12 feet deep into the pond to promote shallow growing vegetation, which supplies oxygen for aquatic wildlife. To reduce digging expenses, shallow areas can be made to create a quality wildlife habitat. Matching the right excavation equipment for the right job also reduces costs.


Import clay. Unless your pond is excavated from an area of tight clay, imported clay soil and perhaps other sealants are needed. If your basin is clay, it will most likely require some compacting. A general rule of thumb to determine if your pond will support water is to grab a small handful of excavated basin soil and roll it into the shape of a pencil. If it bends before breaking, the clay should provide a seal.


Rosales Land Clearing has the equipment, knowledge, and manpower to dig a pond or lake, or to reconstruct an existing pond that has been eroded, bringing it back to life. We have bulldozers, track hoes, scraper pan tractors, dump trucks and other equipment suited for your job.

Reason to dig a pond or lake

  • It might be a low area that holds water and is wet the majority of the year
  • Moving dirt to build your house pad or to fill in low areas on the property
  • Fishing pond
  • Swimming hole for you or watering hole for your livestock
  • Enhance the beauty of your property
  • To attract wildlife