How to Make Your Own Natural Backyard Pool with a Lazy River

Anyone can have a swimming pool, but not everyone has the vision to create a natural backyard pool with a lazy river.

Natural pools are a new and revolutionary way to create a one-of-a-kind experience right in your backyard.

They are designed to look more natural, with the water level at the pool’s edge rather than right in the middle.

Although natural pools are generally cheaper than regular pools, building them with a lazy river could be expensive. But totally worth the extra cost!

In this article, we are going to answer all the common questions about building a natural pool with a lazy river in a backyard.

Can I really build a lazy river in my backyard?

The answer is yes, but you need to measure how big your backyard is and how much space it has.

You need to find out how many gallons of water it can hold and how fast the current will be.

Generally speaking, a natural pool with a lazy river needs to have around 80,000-132,000 gallons of water in total. The average depth should be around 3 feet and the speed less than 3.2 feet per second (less than 2.5 miles per hour).

If you don’t meet these requirements, the pool will not look like a real natural pool.

Estimated gallons of water the pool can hold

Simple, use a measuring tape and start counting how many lengths it is 4 inches.

For example, if 4-inch length equals around 1600 gallons, that means 3-foot length equals 1600 gallons.

Or you can divide how much space your backyard has in how many lengths and times and sum it up to get how many gallons it can take.

So, why are they called “lazy rivers”?

The term lazy river is borrowed from how the currents flow in a real river. It’s not that fast, and it doesn’t go straight. Instead, it goes slowly and meanders by the rocks along the way.

You can easily swim in a very slow or slightly faster current for hours without ever getting tired. If you are swimming in a faster-moving river, then it will be harder but definitely possible.

It’s called lazy because of how slow and how small it is. If you compare how much water volume 265 gallons equals to how much volume 1 weight unit equals (for people who know what I’m talking about), 265 gallons will be less than one pound.

Natural backyard pool with a lazy river

Average size of a backyard natural pool with a lazy river

Usually, pools are very deep in order for people to have fun when they are swimming. But with natural pools, this isn’t required. You can have them as deep or shallow as you want.

If you’re building a natural pool with a lazy river, then it will look way better if the depth is around 3.5 feet instead of 10-13 feet or more.

On top of that, having shallower pools is cheaper than deeper ones.

How long should my natural pool with a lazy river be

Usually the longer the better but not too long because otherwise, it’s going to be expensive.

The longer your pool is, the more easy access points for getting in and out there will be, making it easier for people who want to get in and out of the pool.

How much would it cost to put a lazy river in your backyard

Usually, how much money you put in, how big and how fast the river is going to be.

For example: If your backyard can hold 3740 gallons of water and the speed is around (0.6 miles per hour), the lazy river could cost about $20,000-$30 000.

The bigger and faster the river, the higher price it will become.

Finally, the biggest question is:

How to build your own natural backyard pool with a lazy river

It’s not difficult, but you need to know how many gallons your backyard can hold, how deep the pool should be, and how fast the current should/can go.

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For how to get how many gallons your backyard can hold and how big the pools are going to be and how fast the current goes.

Work it out using how long your backyard is, how wide your backyard is and how deep you want the pools to be.

This is because pools are usually very deep, but natural pools do not always need to be that way. They can also be shallow if you want them to look more like real rivers.

Here are the steps needed to build your own natural backyard pool with a lazy river:

  1. Measure how big your backyard is and how much space it has.
  2. Dig holes for the pool and the river.
  3. Create the foundation of your pool with concrete to ensure that it’s built to last.
  4. Install concrete walls with waterproofing if needed for support.
  5. Don’t forget to put a ladder inside your pool so it’s easier for people to get in and out of the water.
  6. Add chlorine into the water or buy other solutions that are specifically designed for natural pools without chemicals.
  7. If you want, add some fish into the pool to improve how safe it is because they eat up all the bacteria that can be terrible for kids if they swallow them or rest on their skin while swimming in very dirty water.
  8. Get all the materials you need to build a path along both sides of your river or lazy river, so people can walk on both sides without getting hurt because of how sharp they could be.

Final Thoughts

Many people prefer to create their own backyard instead of following the manufacturer’s instructions and do what they want with their yard (and I don’t blame them).

Building your own pool allows you to customize it to your own needs and aesthetics preferences.

I hope this article helped you get more perspective on making your own natural backyard pool with a lazy river. Stay updated with us to learn more about anything your backyard might need.