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Old 08-11-2004, 02:01 PM
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Private Lake

I have been throwing the idea around about building a private lake. I was thinking a 10 acre lake would be sufficient. Has anyone looked into this?
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Old 08-11-2004, 02:19 PM
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From all I hear, take what you think it's going to cost, then double it. For a ski lake, dimensions, if I remember range around 2,000--2,200 feet long and 250 feet wide. But there's a lot more to it, apparently, than just digging a hole and filling it with water, even after you get through all the red tape.

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Old 08-11-2004, 02:19 PM
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I have property on a private ski lake. I will ask the guy on our lake that built it your question. Maybe I will be able to get him onto the site soon. There is no better way to ski as far as I'm concerned. I've done both and won't slalom(course)on open water anymore. I have glass all day and can ski from Feb through Nov. Betsy
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Old 08-11-2004, 02:22 PM
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Agreed that it's the best way to go for slalom.

This is always a good place to start.

http://www.laku.com/

Check the link on how to build a ski lake.
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Old 08-11-2004, 02:26 PM
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I have access to land and earth moving equipment. I was thinking around $100K. With some local friends who ski as investers, it may not be too much per person. Like I said, just a thought (or maybe it's a dream)...
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Old 08-11-2004, 02:30 PM
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Is that $100K per person? I've heard a realistic figure is around $500K by the time all is said and done. The June 2003 Water Ski Mag has a good short article about the process. It estimates that it can be done for $250K for a very well-organized project.

Read that laku article if you haven't already. It's a really good summary of all that's involved.

I'm not trying to discourage you. We all dream about it (at least I do). It might be easier, if you have access, to get a membership to a lake that's already been built. Definitely keep us posted.
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Old 08-11-2004, 02:31 PM
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Another potential source of info is Feasby's. I too have brainstormed (dreamed) about building my own lake. I have not yet contacted Feasby's, so I can not vouch for them, but they specialize in helping you as much or as little as you need. Check it out, and PLEASE keep the site posted on you progress. I am very interested in anything you learn.

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http://www.feasbylakes.com
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Old 08-11-2004, 02:38 PM
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Ok ski buddies...try speedyfarmerterry@direcway.com He built our lake and we have had several others go up in the area recently.He should be able to give you an estimate. Our lake is by the Paradise Estates in Bakersfield. They are quite elaborate and the site for a home is 200k...not with the house. Dues are pretty high too. 500 per share owned. The owners out there have built huge hangars for their private planes next to their homes.(or should I say castles) We, on our lake are a bit more down to earth. So, I think Terry could give you a figure on either way you want to go. Betsy
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Doug-
I could understand it costing that much if you had to buy the land.
I have emailed both builders. I'll post their replies.
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Old 08-11-2004, 02:53 PM
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B&D, do they tax you on the water usage at your lake. I've heard some rumblings around here about something along those lines. I've seen lake lots for sale on at least one private lake in Texas for around $56K

Bcampbe7, I hope you get a good bid on it. Again, I'm not trying to discourage you. I think that price must include the lawyers. From all I've heard, there's a lot of red tape, and that these projects are long and drawn out as a result. Of course, having never done it, I don't have first hand info for you. I'd invite you to build it in east Texas!
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