Waterway Maintenance Solutions

Mechanical Dredging

Though the implementation of mechanical dredging is tailored to each site’s needs the basic strategy requires the use of a long-reach backhoe or dragline to scrape the unwanted sediment and material from the waterway and deposit it on shore. Often this discarded sediment material is graded and seeded to improve the shoreline, providing an economical and attractive solution.

Hydraulic Dredging

Ideal for large areas such as boat slips and lake bays, hydraulic dredging removes unwanted sediment debris by mechanically agitating the collected material and sucking it out through a pipeline to a remote spoil site or sediment basin.

Shoreline Protection

Shorelines lost to erosion can not be recovered. Protecting your shoreline with rip rap, vegetation, or a combination of both will keep your shoreline looking beautiful and last for years with minimum maintenance. Rip-rap stone is available in many types and sizes to accent your waterway. Additionally, Inland Dredge Company can remove your old concrete, railroad ties, or sheet piling during your shoreline restoration or protection project.


Ponds add beauty and value to your property while also providing recreational opportunities like fishing and swimming. Naturally attractions for wildlife, the esthetic quality of a well maintained pond is unsurpassed. At Inland Dredge Company we're not only dredging and waterway maintenance experts we’re also specialists in pond construction. Let us help you choose the perfect location and design for your pond so you can experience the joy and value of a professional water feature.

Dredging Tips

Sediment problems in lakes, bays, or ponds are no small matter and frequently effect the use and enjoyment of the waterway. More importantly, fish habitats are affected by these sediments. The truth is, if you've thought about dredging and sediment removal it's likely that your neighbors have as well. If you're considering improving your waterway, we recommend organizing and including your neighbors in the process, as all will stand to gain from the project. With more supportive parties involved your cost can be distributed among those who will benefit from the maintenance done to your waterway.

Similarly, it's important to consider the regulations and required permitting before undertaking your dredging project. In most cases permits are required for work on lakes, streams, rivers and drainage canals and must be obtained from the DNR, county or local government, and the Army Corps of Engineers in some cases. Some permits can take several months or up to a year to get! We recommend including Inland Dredge Company in your process as early as possible to to assist in these matters and make use of our longstanding knowledge. Permitting requirements are in place for the protection of the environment, including wildlife and fisheries, as well as for the protection of neighboring properties. At Inland Dredge Company, our business' long history is the product of performing the highest quality work and recognizing the value of these protections.

Projects that are over three thousand cubic yards or undertaken in ecologically sensitive areas require an environmental impact assessment. Here in particular, it’s important to plan ahead so that the often lengthy permitting process can be started as early as possible. Again, we advise you to contact us as early in the process as you can in order for us to advise the development of your plan. There are also consulting firms that can assist you in the permitting process for a fee, and you will need to review locations to dispose of the waste materials.