Creating and Managing a Waterfront

What is the waterfront?

On West Hill Pond we are exceptionally fortunate to have a well-armored shoreline with rocky shore and lake bottom cladding the majority of the shore. Historically

Sand in the lake is another matter. It simply shouldn’t be there. It will move from where it is placed near the shore, and gradually spread itself all around the lake and out into the deeper parts. This does take time, but it does happen. When it does, it changes the character of the lake and the lake water, and this is something we wish to avoid. But one has to ask: why does one need to put sand in the lake at all? Is there something which says that one can’t go swimming unless one goes swimming over sand? There really isn’t. Granted, there may be areas where the bottom is perhaps a little mucky – but is sand the only way to cover the muck? Again, no. The only excuse one can find, when one really goes looking, is that equation of shore= beach = sand.

A much to be preferred alternative to sand in the lake, if one feels a need to put anything in the lake at all, is rounded pebbles- say on the size of a quarter inch and up. These provide a gentle surface to put one’s feet down on, which doesn’t squish up around the toes, but they won’t move much. They will stay pretty much where they are put; they don’t make the water a little more cloudy; they don’t provide a place for weeds to grow. Considering all the work one puts in to keep sand and sediment out of the lake from other sources, it would take a great deal of convincing – a very good reason indeed – to overcome the disadvantages of sand deliberately placed in the lake instead of pebbles, if indeed anything has to be put into the lake at all!