How Much Does It Cost to Close a Pond?

There are a variety of reasons why you may want to close or remove your pond. Maybe it’sits overgrown or outdated? Maybe you don’t have time to maintain it and keep it healthy, or maybe, it’s simply a safety hazard and no longer suits your family. Regardless of your reason, it’s important to remember that closing your pond is an option.

Like any major project, there are a variety of factors that may impact the price of the job. Your costs will depend on which route you take, and how much labor you’re able to do on your own. Closing a pond is no easy feat, and you may want to consider outsourcing the job to a professional

Drain your pond safely

It is important to safely drain your pond to a level where you can catch all of your fish. To rehome plants and wildlife, you will need to safely remove them from your pond and place them in buckets full of pond water. You can then safely transport them to a nearby lake. If you’re able to complete these jobs on your own they won’t cost you anything but your time.

For a backyard pond, you can drain it by siphoning the water with a tube or hose. Depending on the size of the pond, it may be helpful to bail the water with large buckets of water. For large one-acre ponds, you may require the use of heavy machinery. Dredging your pond may require the use of mechanical excavation which can be very costly.

Move large rocks from the area

Another job that you must take into consideration when removing your pond is any large landscaping items like rocks or stones. Removing these stones will allow you to fill in the hole with soil or clay so you can move forward with the removal process. Depending on the size of the pond, you may need a dump truck or a wheelbarrow.

After you’ve cleared the space, you will need to acquire soil to fill the hole and depending on the size of your pond, this may be quite costly. To cut costs, you may want to consider using cheaper soil for the bottom layers and only splurging on expensive soil for the top layer. The total costs will depend on the size of your pond and what materials you use to fill it.

Landscape the area post removal

The costliest part of the project will be re landscaping the area where the pond once was. The costs associated with this aspect of the project will largely vary based on what you want to do with the space. Maybe you want to turn it into a greenspace and merge it with the rest of your yard? Or maybe, you want to take this opportunity to build up this piece of your lawn to create a deck or patio. Additionally, you can always opt for a garden, and finish it from clippings and bulbs that are already local to your property.


Removing a pond can be a costly venture but luckily, there are a variety of ways on which you can remove your pond and finish your pond. Depending on your preferred method, it may end up being affordable. If you aren’t sure which solution is best for you, our experienced team of professionals would be happy to help you identify your options.