Hi, Recently, my uncle made himself a man-made pond and since he already owns a backhoe, he started out using it but eventually had to rent excavator because his pond is 9 ft deep and it is awful big. (Pic attached) He dumped 10,000 fishes in it (brim, catfish, and other kind) last year and now want me to drop by this weekend to fish some of the fishes out because it is becoming crowd for fishes now. I have been thinking about making a man-made pond for my campground business, and I have been thinking of making it in Harley logo shape with it being 7 feet deep at center and work up to 1 feet deep at the edge. Generally, I would like for it to be a swimming pond with a possibility of putting some fishes in it down the road. I am still undecided on how big I want it to be.. maybe half acre or 1 acre?? Other thing that makes it challenging is that we have a small portion of land that is "Wetland", but it is in serious need of some clean-up and improvement to make it looks pretty. So I looked up on internet for guide on how to make man-made pond and I cant say I have found reliable source on making one? Is there a book anyone can recommend so I can look into it to do some research? I have many questions that need answering and maybe reading a book first would help cut down any questions I may have before seeking some help on this forum. But to give you some idea... 1) Should I look into perk before finding a right location? 2) When digging the pond, what is really best equipment for the job? I know I have dug 4 feet deep (4' X 4' X 4') footing for two 8x8 posts for my outdoor stage and it was still solid, but I know for fact that there is water 11 feet deep under the ground. 3) After I have finished digging dirt out, what is next thing to do with the pond? Fill it up with water or is there something I should do first before adding water? 4) What would you do with all the dirty? Sell it?? Will local "Sand & Gravel" companies be interested in buying it from me or what? 5) Would you recommend adding some kind of drain system that will send water into wetland to prevent the pond from overfilling? The reason for this is because I know for fact that our land is on low level and was used to fill water up prevent flooding in other area, but things have changed in other place (dam broke off and lake drained then land got sold and homes built on it) The drain system could possible develop some kind of "creek" in waterland leading to pond/swamp area on other part of property. So as you can see, many questions to be answered, and I was hoping to get started on that project sometime in the fall if possible. Thank in advance for answering to this post!