There are so many pros to adding a lake to your homestead property, including being able to stock it with fish, and if it’s big enough, boat on it. Also adding a body of water can really improve the aesthetics of your farm, and if you plan it right provide you with an idyllic view from your home. However, before you roll up your sleeves and start digging, it’s worth considering the downsides to adding a lake to your property as well. Keep reading to discover what they are.
It can be hard to fish in, boat on, or otherwise enjoy your lake if it is overrun with vegetation. The problem is that runoff fertilizer you use on your land can very easily make its way into the lake, and stimulate vegetation growth, something that can be very time-consuming and expensive to resolve.
In particular issues with algae, and duckweed are most common. Indeed just like a swimming pool, a lake is something that will require regular cleaning and maintenance for it to stay in a condition where it is a boon to your property rather than a millstone.
Another problem with adding a lake to your property is that it can speed up the land erosion process. This means that the land around the outer edge of the lake can be worn away by the constant lapping of the water, something that can be particularly problematic if you wish to retain it for building, farming, and the like.
The good news is that it is possible to minimize this effect by using seawall construction techniques. This means building a hard barrier between your land and the lake, so the soil cannot be eroded by its movement. Of course, erecting such a barrier can be a tricky task, and it’s always best to use a professional that has extensive experience to ensure it gets done right, the first time.
Lack of fish
For many people, the primary draw of adding a lake to their property is so they can fish on site. Some even choose to allow others to use their lake for angling, for a small fee which can help to offset the costs of lake maintenance.
However, fishing tends to be pretty unsuccessful if there aren’t any fish! Unfortunately, lake owners can spend a fortune on stocking the lake, and still get poor returns on the number of fish that are available. This is because raising fish and making sure they stay healthy can be a challenging task.
Happily, there are both books, and online experts out there that can help you with such problems, and your fish supplier should be a good source of information too. Just don’t expect your lake to be overflowing with fish until a few years in when you have got the hang of things.
In summary, before you decide to add a lake to your homestead it is important to consider all the aspects above. However, if you go in with your eyes open and understand the potential challenges and risks involved, a lake can be an excellent addition to your property.