A home on the lake is a unique experience. Homes near the water are cooler and make the perfect place to retire during the hot weather. Some people even choose to go to their lake house on the weekends when they have the chance. If you won't be doing too much boating, but you like to do water activities, you will still need to have a dock. Here are three tips for building a small fishing dock for your new lake house.
1. Get a floating dock
A floating dock is a perfect way to install a place to fish without having to go into deep building mode. Find a dock builder that will be able to create a dock that takes up a little less space. Floating docks are also great because there are no side railings and other parts that take away from the view. You and the family can go and sit out on the dock to fish or use your water skis and reattach them to the dock after use. If you have children, this will be especially important because you will be able to see to the dock on one side and the house on the other without any obstruction.
2. Make the dock wide, rather than long
For children or new swimmers, having a dock that expands into the deep water can be a hazard. If you have small children that you want to take fishing or dipping their feet into the water, you may be worried about taking them too far on a long dock. Instead of a long dock, build a dock that is wider and expands the length of the lake rather than extended into the lake. This means that everyone on the dock will remain in the shallow end and teenagers can go out to the dock by themselves when they are older.
3. Build pockets to keep equipment
One of the ways that docks are useful is that you can keep your fishing equipment on the dock, rather than lugging it back and forth from the home. Have the dock builder create a wooden trunk that is tall enough to hold fishing rods, nets, bait, and other equipment that you will use only on the deck. Have it reinforced with rubber on the inside so that if high-tide comes, your equipment will not get wet and rust. If you live on a shared lake, put a lock on the trunk so that only your family can access the trunk.
For more information, contact your local dock builders.