Ponds are not just a hole in the ground. Proper planning and construction are key to building a pond that will meet your needs, whether they are primarily agricultural, recreational, or aesthetic.

Prospective pond owners should obtain technical information, from their local Soil and Water Conservation District office, on pond size, depth, location, dam and spillway construction, soils and watershed information.

Local zoning regulations need to be considered as well when planning a pond.

Pond Management Handbook

If you’re a pond owner, you’re not alone. There are more than 60,000 ponds throughout Ohio, offering countless recreational opportunities, from fishing, swimming, or paddling to simply relaxing while perhaps viewing wildlife. Ponds can be a great asset, however there are times periodically when a problem may be encountered with pond management, be it weed related or maybe fish and other aquatic issues.

To assist landowners with the proper management of their pond, the ODNR Division of Wildlife, in cooperation with several other agencies, has compiled a very resourceful publication, the ODNR – Pond Management Handbook. This 55-page manual offers recommendations to landowners who want to better manage their ponds and attract wildlife. You can view or download as little or as much as you like by clicking on the website.