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Do you dream of a private lake or pond on your property?

We help your dream become a reality!

Our owner Mike Otto is an expert in helping you plan your private lake project from the very beginning, in the actual construction and/or renovation of your lake or pond, and in its proper maintenance and ongoing management. 

Established in 1979, Otto’s Dirt Service features an experienced construction team and utilizes all types of earth-moving equipment. The crews can do virtually everything associated with the creation or renovation of private lakes and ponds, including:

·     digging new ponds and lakes, 
·     building dams and emergency spillways, 
·     installing pipe,

·      ·     creating shore lines & duck paddies,

·      ·     constructing fish structures,

·      ·     making roads and water crossings,

·      ·     repairing erosion damage and leaks, and

·      ·    cleaning out or renovating existing lakes & ponds,

·     and much more.

Our owner, Mike Otto, published his book 
"Just Add Water" in 2015.  In it, he discusses everything about building private lakes & ponds from initial planning & design, actually moving the dirt, maintaining water quality, the right vegetation, stocking & managing fish,
and much, much more.

His book is available for just $36, which
includes shipping.  You can order your copy online by clicking on the "Buy Now" button 
at the right, or by calling our office at 
1-800-882-DIRT (3478)

Once construction is complete and the water is in place, Mike can also offer assistance and advice through his consulting company H2Otto Consulting and his close association with well-known marine biologist Bob Lusk, also known as the "Pond Boss," regarding:

·     water quality,   

·    vegetation issues,    

·     fish habitats,   

·     fish population management,

·     and much more 

Got questions?  We have answers to these & more!
1. Planning to build a lake?  Now what?
 What's the best kind of dirt for building a dam?
3. Where is the best site for my lake?
4. How much seepage is too much?
5. How much water does it take to fill a lake?
6. What are the laws or regulations concerning lake construction?
7. What vegetation can I keep?
 8. What is best for wildlife?
9. My pond or lake will not hold water, what can I do?

Contact us at 1-800-882-DIRT (3478)
Our office hours are 9am - 2pm, Monday thru Friday