Pre-excavation picture showing one of the existing small pools. It was imperative to preserve as much of the original landscaping as possible.
View between the two pools. This area will be excavated and the trees on the right will become part of an island.
The recreation lakes were directly adjacent to a county road. The dirt removed during excavation was used to build privacy berms next to the road.
Showing the old barn which was removed and allowed the lake to expand.
Work progresses and what remains of one of the existing pools on the left. The area including the trees will become the island.
'After picture' -- same view as picture number one in this gallery. What a huge difference!
Looking southwest past the island. This is all 'new' water. The old barn was removed at the southernmost part of this area. The area recovered quickly due to the care taken during lake excavation to be minimally invasive.
A full lake with grass established on the slopes and berms. This picture was taken October 2008.
First day on the job. Removing the topsoil from the lake site in order to preserve it for future use in covering the new dam and banks. Have you ever seen a ranch lake or farm pond with eroded banks and no grass? You MUST have topsoil to place on top of the new construction to promote the growth of ground cover.
Spreading topsoil and shaping the banks for easy access.
Installing culverts in a new road that crosses the lower end of the dam.
Culverts and topsoil in place.
The client has several large creeks and wanted additional crossings constructed with the new roads. East Texas gets plenty of annual rainfall and the creeks move huge amounts of water!
Culvert placement. The landowner questioned the size of this culvert. It was larger than any existing culverts on the property.
Securing culvert in place.
Several weeks later an existing smaller culvert below this one was washed away in a torrential rain.
Building a forest road in the Piney Woods of East Texas.
Aerial of completed project--looking northwest.
Improved woodland gravel road with proper drainage to provide all weather access.
Improved forest road crossing creek with large culvert.
Building the showcase recreation lake.
Custom designed steel fishing pier and firepit.
Aerial view looking north.
The showcase recreation lake is about 25% full. Construction has moved to one of the other 2 lake projects on the property.
An improved watershed channel to adequately feed the lake is in the foreground.
Red Deer in the lake below the fishing pier.
The Caspian red deer is one of the largest deer species. The red deer inhabits most of Europe, the Caucasus Mountains region, Asia Minor, Iran, parts of western Asia, and central Asia.
Red Deer on the dam one week after introduction to the property. These deer came from a breeder in Elgin, TX.
Stocking the showcase lake with fish.
The fish are transferred to buckets to be introduced into the lake.
The fish are placed in the partially filled lake.
Construction of the large dam encircling the showcase lake
Note topsoil stockpiled in the foreground for later use.
Lake aeration control box.
Placing the weighted diffuser line that will power the aerator.
Placing the aerator in a deeper part of the lake.
Note the fish structure left on the bottom of the lake.
Solar powered fish feeder.
All equipment in place on the trophy fishing lake.
Filling the feeder with fish pellets.
The showcase lake as it appeared 5/10.
Equipment staging area.
Dam being built on showcase lake.
Soilmovers LLC Base Camp
We have found it to be more efficient and beneficial to the client to live on site in RVs during a project of this magnitude.
Custom fabricated steel pier with fire pit extending into lake.
A great place to relax, a good place to fish!
This picture shows topsoil spread to a depth of 6-8" on top of the dam and down to the approximate water line.
The 'Before' view - Looking from the future home site on the ridge above the proposed lake site.