How to dig out a spring?

Discussion in 'Habitat Improvement' started by longtimegone, Nov 16, 2007.

  1. longtimegone

    longtimegone 6 pointer

    Aug 26, 2007
    Other than a dozer...does anyone have any suggestions about how to dig out a spring to get maximum flow and catch it for wildlife.

    Theres a small spring that didnt go dry even in the summer drought but I know unless I dig it out I wont know its potential.
  2. GSP

    GSP 14 Pointer Staff Member

    Dec 12, 2001
    I would guess you are seeing its natural max flow. I would try build a retetion basin below what you already have flowing. We took 500' of 4" black plastic pipe from a natural spring and routed water to a pond we had built.
  3. longhollowhunter

    longhollowhunter 6 pointer

    Jul 25, 2006
    somerset ky
    we got our water from a spring my whole life till we got city water 2 years ago. lots of folks around here did and do the same. on one spring here we just built a rock basin the size we wanted, and coated over it with mortar. one other one naturally flowed downhill into a larger branch, and we just set a livestock tank in line with it. the water flowed off a ledge, filled the tank, and overflowed to go on it's natural course.

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