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what makes a pond a pond and a lake a lake

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i have a lake called artist lake that is 30 acres and a pond called stump pond that is 100 acres why is this i thought ponds are smaller than lakes?

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Technically the definition has to do with depth, not size. In a pond sunlight penetrates all the way to the bottom, in a lake is does not.

A crystal clear pond might be 10 or 15' deep, but that same "pond" with stained water would be a lake.

According to the Missouri Botanic Gardens:

A pond is a body of water shallow enough to support rooted plants. A lake is too deep to support rooted plants except near the shore.

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The definition of a lake is: a body of water that is at least 2m deep and holds water year around.  Acreage doesn't matter.

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my pond does that matt. lol

I thought a lake had river basins going to it, and a pond did not.

and what about lakes with lilly pads?

can't much argue with the book though.  it doesn't talk back.

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I had believed a lake was a body of water that had a water source flowing into it. Any water source: river, stream, underground spring, etc. In that case a pond has no imcoming water (besides rain).

To me that would seem like a good rule of thumb but I can't argue with a book either.

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I think I heard Ray Scott say once, in reference to building a private lake or pond:

"A lake is what you have on a piece of property you are trying to sell, and a pond is the same body of water on a piece of property you are trying to buy!"

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In Danielsville, Pa there are ponds that are spring feed as well I know the owner of one. Some ponds are clear in the early Spring but late Summer turn green due to alge blooms would that change them from a pond to a lake ???  ;D

Chow

The Pa Angler

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I fish on an Army post with about 20 lakes/ponds. Almost all are identical (small size, less than 6 feet deep and weedy, man made from damming) yet some are called ponds and some are called lakes, with no apparent reasoning behind the naming.

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According to dictionary.com:

Lake n.

1.  A large inland body of fresh water or salt water.

2.  A scenic pond, as in a park.

Pond n.

A still body of water smaller than a lake.

Jeff Foxworthy might say:  If someone can stand on the bank and see the entire body of water...you might be a pond.

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