How To Build A Dock on A Farm Pond (Pond Deck Ideas)

Always building something! How about we learn today how to build a Farm Pond Deck? I will also provide some ideas to make your pond beautiful.

How To Build A Farm Pond Deckdock-trailer

Building a dock (pier) on the farm pond was a little challenge with the pond being full of water. But as you’ll see I found a way to get er done and didn’t fall in the water. The pond deck provides an area where you can feel like you’re walking out to the middle of the pond, on a hot day jump off and go swimming or just dangle your feet in the water for the Koi pedicure.

The railing was made short for a seat and if in a chair it’s a table for your favorite beverage. And of course just lay down and relax in the sun and hear the sounds of nature in the background. There is a frog that lives under the deck and really echoes when he croaks. The look on friend’s faces when he sounds off is pretty funny, “What was that”? we just chuckle!!

dock-ruffThe deck is 12’x12’ and provides plenty of room for folks to hang out on. Also provides shade for the Koi fish when the weather is hot. Seems they like to play hide and seek swimming in and out of the shade.
The hardest part was figuring out how to get the posts out in the water in the right location but watch the movie to see how I got this done. If it wasn’t for the floatation devices, I would have had to come up with another plan. Now I don’t think I can say where I got the free floatation devices here on the internet but shoot me an email and I’ll be glad to let you know. The original use for these blocks was my wife’s idea of making those 123 and ABC blocks for photography I just borrowed them for a little bit ;>)

Caution!! Do not build your deck like this if you have a pond liner or thin layer of clay. The posts will puncture a hole dock-almostthrough the liner or thin layer of clay and create major leaks and a big bummer.

Another great addition for the farm pond and its many uses. One of which is for the kids to go swimming. This helps save the shores from being tore up from getting out of the pond. Now they can swim?? Or jump off climb up the ladder, jump off and repeat.

Now available is our remade video of the farm pond deck, the floating dock and the floating pier instructions in pdf format and the floating dock plans. This is a downloadable product so you can have it ASAP.

On the other hand if you were to build a floating dock and looking for a permanent floating solution check out, insulboard, but the website seems to be down.

They make the foam and cut to whatever size you need. Let them know I sent you if you should choose this route.

As for the free temporary foam blocks check out the big box stores that sell the little black trailers, they use the blocks to keep the trailers from scratching each other. Buy the book a get started on your Deck, Dock or Pier today.

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About the Author: Darrell Rhoades is the founder of A one man business, works full time in tool & die. It all started when he built his own pond for the family. Ran into pond issues and started the research with pond suppliers and conferences for pond management. He writes about pond building and pond management and sells pond management supplies, aeration & fountains and Practical hands on experiences at . No physical store, but has items in stock.

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  • David Jul 12, 2010 @ 11:26

    I just bought a house with a farm pond in the front. I’ve been trying to plan a deck in my mind and that posts in the water have been the hardest part. I think it has a liner and clay but without something like this, how would it hold water? I’ve seen other farm ponds that keep a constant level no matter the lack of rain or heat. any idea how they do that?

  • David Stockton Oct 1, 2010 @ 6:14

    Darrell, great job on the DECK! I think I might build one on our pond in the spring. Your site is full of great idea’s. Keep up the good work.

  • Darrell Rhoades Oct 2, 2010 @ 8:12

    Thanks Dave, now you have all winter to plan and design. Also check out bottom-aeration Once the water hits 55 degrees I’ll be moving one diffuser under the deck to keep it free of ice and heaving.

  • Manny Oct 23, 2010 @ 10:03

    I enjoyed watching your video. I’m going to build a 12’x16′ pond deck. I could use all the help I can get, if you could send me any info I would appreciated, and info on the free flotation devices. Thank you so much Manny.

  • Adam Feb 16, 2011 @ 21:55

    How is your dock doing now? Has it held up pretty well?

  • Darrell Rhoades Feb 22, 2011 @ 14:37

    Yes it has held up great. I do keep the aerator running to keep it free from ice.
    Can’t wait for spring…

  • Eric Feb 14, 2012 @ 12:14

    Darrell, great video, i now understand how to do it, since my pond is filled, wasnt sure exactly what i was going to do. is everything still well with the deck, any shifting? i thought of 6×6’s in the water, but appears your 4×4’s did well. oh yes, where did you get those styrafoam blocks for temporary floating it? thanks again for the informative video. eric

  • Darrell Rhoades Feb 14, 2012 @ 17:36

    Thank you Eric, Yes I used 4×4’s for the deck. Easier to pound into the pond floor. It also depends on how deep from the deck to the pond floor is.
    I ended up about 5-6′ deep and the 4×4’s work great. And yes the deck is still holding up great. The best thing I’ve done was move the diffuser near the deck for winter to keep it from heaving from ice. As for the foam blocks please check your email.

  • Chris May 7, 2012 @ 15:01

    Thanks for this. Please email me the info on the foam blocks. Thanks

  • Lee May 11, 2012 @ 19:51

    Thanks for the info on building the deck. Can you send me where to get the foam blocks.

  • Lori May 12, 2012 @ 15:49

    Your dock looks very nice! Thanks for the instructions. Could you please email me any foam block sources that you would recommend? Thanks so much!

  • Russell Hooper May 21, 2012 @ 20:12

    I was going to install our pier during the drought last year here in Texas, but just never got around to it. Now full of water, I have been trying to figure out what I was going to do. Your concept was exactly what I needed for inspiration. Was going to rent a backhoe to push the poles in the water, but this will save me $800.00.
    Where perhaps did you acquire the styrofoam material. I plan on installing a 10×12 pier and will need the floatations.

  • judy May 22, 2012 @ 20:08

    where did you get the foam bloaks? thank you

  • guy cheney Jun 3, 2012 @ 7:24

    will u tell me where to ge the free foam blocks? i live in louisiana.


  • Loretta Jun 15, 2012 @ 9:11

    I liked your video. I want to build a dock on my pond and I liked how you did yours. If you could let me know where you got your styrophome I would be very happy.

  • Andrew m Jun 15, 2012 @ 11:33

    I would also like to know more about the flotation devices; great job by the way.

  • BRUCE EVANS Jun 19, 2012 @ 21:30

    So where did you get flotation items

  • Ben Headington Jul 2, 2012 @ 12:52


    After attempting to install my dock this weekend on 55 gallon floats and ending up with more of a fun house floor than a dock I have been thinking of installing a deck more like you have done. My only issue, off the top of my head, are my outer posts and getting them secured. You mentioned you used rebar, how long and what size? The “T” posts you used were as initial guides for your 4×4’s correct? Thanks

  • Sarah Jul 22, 2012 @ 15:12

    I love your site! I have about a 1.5 acre pond and want to put a dock or pier out on it – I think your idea will solve my dilemma of how to do it!

  • Rick Aug 11, 2012 @ 21:16

    Thnk you Dave. A very clear demonstration on how to build a dock. Where did you get the styrofoam?

  • Rick Aug 11, 2012 @ 21:18

    Thank you Darrell! A clear demonstration on how to build a pond dock.

  • Doreen Edwards Sep 2, 2012 @ 23:53

    Hello, I have a rather large pond about 95 x 75 feet and want to put a deck that would extend out into the pond… I would like the email from you regarding the foam blocks if possible. I plan to do this next summer as my nephew is using my yard for a summer wedding . How exciting!

  • steve Nov 12, 2012 @ 11:32

    Great info. Will be using your tips. Now about those styrafoam blocks??

  • Shawn Pepera Apr 26, 2015 @ 23:05

    Would love to know about the foam blocks…. may attempt this in our 3 year old pond…. would LOVE a dock!! I mean DECK. LOL

  • Darrell Rhoades Apr 27, 2015 @ 4:00

    HI Shawn, As for the free temporary foam blocks check out the big box stores that sell the little black trailers, they use the blocks to keep the trailers from scratching each other.

  • Misty Mar 22, 2016 @ 0:34

    Loved the video, can’t wait to start the deck. Can I get the info on getting the foam blocks to float it? Big box stores and the info of little black trailers is a few clues, but I need just a little more.

  • Darrell Rhoades Mar 22, 2016 @ 19:20

    Hi Misty, Big box stores like Home Depot, Lowes, Tractor supply and places were they sell trailers.
    Hope that helps.

  • Monica Mitchell Jun 13, 2018 @ 14:50

    Did you remove the foam blocks you used for floating initially or are they still there? What did you use to anchor the 4x4s to the dock?

  • Darrell Rhoades Jun 13, 2018 @ 20:37

    The Floats were removed once the deck joist had been attached to the 4 x 4’s
    Not sure what this moment, but must have it in the book with what I attached the joists to the 4 x 4 ‘s galvanized nails or screws.

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