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Skoot1123Skoot1123 Posts: 1,963 Mega Baller
I'm helping build a new lake. Got to run some equipment for a couple days in prep for the new lake. I finally took two sets last night but I could feel the rust. Positive side is that next year I hope to get a ton more skiing in!


  • BRYBRY Posts: 585 Crazy Baller
    @skoot1123, Where's the lake? Pictures! New lake, awesome, the more the better.
  • footloose42footloose42 Posts: 84 Baller
    @skoot123, tell me more about this new lake of yours...
  • Skoot1123Skoot1123 Posts: 1,963 Mega Baller
    It isn't complete yet, but I am documenting with tons of photos. Going to work on it more today. Lots of work yet but it is coming along!
  • A_BA_B Posts: 4,273 Mega Baller
    What equipment are you using? Clay or sand? The concept of digging a lake is one I have wanted to take on at some point.
  • Skoot1123Skoot1123 Posts: 1,963 Mega Baller
    @ab - at the moment there are two excavators - overflow drain, a bulldozer, two Cat challengers - one with a cultivator to mix material and the other with two 15 cubic yd pull pans, one case quad track with two 18 cubic yd pull pans, and my father in laws John Deere 8 wheel tractor with an 18 cubi yd pull pan, a couple elevating scrapers that are used when one machine is down or if there are enough operators, another Case tractor for the rollers and box scraper, and a vibratory compactor that was rented for further compaction of the fill material. Yup, lots of machines. It is mostly clay we are working with but we did hit some sand where the core of the dam is, so that set us back a day or two. Otherwise it has been smooth sailing so to speak and have seen good progress on the dam. One day we raised it three feet. We are doing a combination of digging out plus putting in a dam. Over 190,000 cubic yards of material to move - based on a depth of 8 ft. Getting closer - probably two and a half solid weeks of work before the dam is done. Then it'll be lots of other projects before its a true ski lake. Should keep us busy this winter for sure!
  • A_BA_B Posts: 4,273 Mega Baller
    I have seen excavators only and pans. It seems like pans would be the ticket, but I am no heavy equipment guy. We have a backhoe and have rented an excavator for stone and bank work, and for some reason, I like running them! Must be all the Tonka toys as a kid. Good luck on the dig.
  • jipster43jipster43 Posts: 1,436 Crazy Baller
    @Skoot1123 that is living the dream! And so much equipment! How long have you been at it and how long until it's skiable?
  • Skoot1123Skoot1123 Posts: 1,963 Mega Baller
    @jipster43 - actually my father in law has been wanting to do this since he was a boy. It is on my grandfather in laws property/farm - I got addicted to buoys and we had been talking about doing this for four years or so. Started two years ago with plans and applications etc. started digging last year and dug for about two and a half months. This year only started digging three weeks ago, the excavation company does tiling in the winter for the farmers so their time is seasonal. If all goes well, Lord willing it will be skiable next summer.
  • jipster43jipster43 Posts: 1,436 Crazy Baller
    You married well!
  • Skoot1123Skoot1123 Posts: 1,963 Mega Baller
    @jipster43 - yeah, been very fortunate and blessed in that regard.

    Thankfully my wife skis and drives too!!
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