Forestry and Natural Resources

Recreational Ponds in South Carolina

Clemson Extension Program Team

Natural Resources - Water Resources

Publication Date

Fall 10-31-2021

Publication Number

LGP 1125


Many factors influence the functionality and health of recreational ponds including water source, size, depth, structure(s), sediment accumulation, and water quality. Without maintenance, over time, ponds tend to fill with sediment, develop higher nutrient levels, and support increased aquatic plant growth. Wildlife, such as beavers and feral hogs, can cause damage or degradation of ponds and related structures. Ponds and dams should be routinely monitored to address potential issues as they arise.

Publication Type



Land-Grant Press by Clemson Extension

Publisher City

Clemson, SC

Target Audiences

Recreational pond owners, general public, natural resource managers