What to Know About Building a Lazy River in Your Backyard

Lazy rivers are a favorite for waterparks, but would you be surprised when we told you that you could build one in your backyard as well? Backyard lazy rivers are becoming increasingly popular, and for good reason! They’re the perfect way to enjoy your pool and your backyard on a leisurely summer day.

However, building a lazy river in your backyard can seem a little daunting. Here, we provide some tips to get you started:pool with backyard lazy river

Know how lazy rivers work

The key to building a lazy river is understanding how they work.

First, they’re designed to wind around your backyard and pool, much like a traditional river.

Second, they use the same pumps as regular pools do, but they are larger in size and quantity. This is done so that your lazy river can create enough of a current to leisurely take you down its path. The current should remain even and consistent. When you install your lazy river, head pumps will be placed throughout the course of the river to pump in and move the water.

The cost

You love the idea of a lazy river, but how much do they cost? Like most things, the price can vary. It really depends on the length, design, and system of the lazy river.

Nevertheless, this is a luxury swimming pool item, so expect to pay a pretty penny. Estimates can exceed $500,000, but there are certainly many below that. A rough average is about $120,000.

Consider the accessories

As we said, there are many factors that can impact the overall cost of your lazy river. This includes the accessories you plan to have. There are several features that you can add to your lazy river, and these include the following:

  • A waterfall
  • Fountains
  • Greenery and landscaping
  • Rock water features
  • Pool grotto
  • An island
  • A bridge
  • And more

As you’re building your lazy river, don’t forget about the rest of your pool. Many of our clients who have installed lazy rivers also install one of our custom pool slides for their luxury pool. To learn more, contact Dolphin Waterslides today at 731-632-1407!