Recreational Uses For Your Dam – The Top Three Ways To Enjoy Your Dam

Dams are the perfect farm commodity. They can be used for irrigation, stock watering, fire protection and more but they also have uses beyond these purely practical options. In this short article we’ll be giving a brief overview of the top three ways you can enjoy your dam.


As long as their water quality is sufficiently maintained, dams can make great swimming holes.

While you should never swim in dirty water, well aerated dams that have plenty of plants around the banks to add filtration can be quite enjoyable to take a dip in. Just remember that the base of your dam is going to be sticky thanks to mud and that diving is a very bad idea.

Consider adding a jetty and some stairs or a ladder for ease of access and don’t forget to warn swimmers if you’ve got fishy friends living in your dam.


Speaking of fishy friends, there are few things more relaxing than hanging out by your dam with a fishing rod in one hand and your drink of choice in the other.

Obviously this activity requires you to stock some fish before you can go catch them but many species have no problem living in well maintained dams and some can even breed meaning that as long as you don’t fish to excess, you should always have a healthy population in your dam.

Paddling, Boating Or Even Skiing

The two latter options under this point are kind of dependent on your property having a sizable dam but anyone can stick a kayak on the water and go for a nice paddle. Not only can this be quite relaxing, it’s also great exercise and can assist your dam’s aeration system by creating extra surface disturbance (and therefore minor amounts of additional oxygen transfer).

Those with larger dams can also take small boats out to fish from our just drive around in and it’s even possible to go water skiing in your dam if it’s large enough for this to be considered a safe activity.

So there you have it, the top three recreational uses for dams. Let us know how use your dam in the comments and send us a message if you’d like us to expand on anything or write a piece about any other dam issues.