22. Private Man Made Lakes
When most people imagine a rich person’s house, they might think of having a built-in swimming pool. Some people take it one step further and build an entire private, man-made lake. This way, they can do so much more than swim. It’s your own private place to fish, go on a boat, jet ski, and so much more. There are evern companies out there that will help you create your own lake on a huge piece of land. But building a private lake is no simple undertaking.
On a YouTube channel called The Chateau Diaries, Stephanie Jarvis owns a castle in rural France. When she bought the property, it came with a lake that the previous owners had created. The local authorities lied, telling her that she was not allowed to have the lake under new EPA regulations. So they forced her to remove the lake by shutting off the water source from the river, and it became wetlands. Now, she is in the process of getting the lake back. But this requires a ton of EPA regulation and red tape. Even though everything was set up for her by the previous owners, she still needs to spend over $100,000 in paperwork and labor to get it done. So if it’s that much for an existing lake, we can only imagine how expensive it would be to create a new one from scratch.