Hand dredge a pond area?

beesneedsMay 8, 2014

Wasn't sure if this was the right place to ask this or not.

We live on an old property that part of it rests on the edge of a football fieldish sized oval pond with a small island in the middle.

At one time, the previous owners had a small area about 1 feet or so wide cleaned up so they could let their horses drink or put their tiny boat on the pond.
That was about 8 years ago maybe. We have been here 3 years.

Of this 15 feet or so wide area there is a deeper divot about 6 feet wide that was once clear for a tiny floating dock but now is getting choked in with cattails.

I would like to clear this area again for our enjoyment and the ponds waterfoul. It's just a few of us with manual power, can't use power stuff and can't afford expensive pumping means. And while doing this I would like to disturb the wildlife as little as possible.

I figured there must be a pre-electric way to clear a small area like this.

Any advice would be appreciated.

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