Custom Waterscapes & Landscape Artistry

Escape to beauty and tranquility without leaving your backyard.

Listen to the sound of gentle ripples lapping at the edges of a pond.

Watch droplets spilling over rocks, and cascading across boulders into a pool of deep blue.

Feel the sunlight as it dances across crystal clear water.

Let nature’s sights and sounds wake up all of your senses and melt away the stresses of your day.

Experience the peace and relaxation of your very own sanctuary—not at a five-star resort or botanical garden—but right outside your own back door.

Clarity Ponds is the St. Louis area’s premier designer and builder of ponds, streams, waterfalls, fountains, and water features. Our craftsmanship and expertise will bring your ideas to life in a true, one-of-a-kind paradise you can enjoy every single day.


What is your vision for your waterscape?

Whimsical & Fun

Elegant & Sophisticated

Rustic & Rugged

Abstract & Contemporary

No matter your inspiration, we’ll create a stunning layout that highlights your distinctive style. An inviting outdoor space that’s not only beautiful but envelops you in a feeling of calm and serenity.

Josh Hetley, founder and lead design/build professional at Clarity Ponds, along with his staff, walk with you through every step of your project from concept to completion. Their creative process incorporates clear, running water, decorative stone, hand-chosen boulders, vibrant plants, and strategic lighting to engineer a distinctive mood and atmosphere. The result is a true work of art with texture and movement that blends into the natural environment. A unique land- and waterscape feature that adds value and enjoyment to any home.

Two chairs on a flagstone patio overlooking a pond with a waterfall in the background.

Looking for a Mood Boost?… Just Add Water!

It is life, I think, to watch the water. A man can learn so many things. ~Nicholas Sparks, The Notebook

It’s a well-known fact that people are naturally drawn to water—and for good reason. Some of the benefits of adding water to your home environment:

  • Tranquility. There is scientific proof of water’s healing powers and ability to calm the mind, lower blood pressure, and reduce stress. The sights and sounds of ponds, streams, waterfalls, and fountains are found to be equally as soothing as living on a lake, river, or ocean.
  • Nature’s Music. The trickle, gurgle, murmur, and splash of running water promote relaxation. They also mask unwanted outside sounds like street noise and neighbors.
  • A Living Ecosystem. Water features bring together several natural and manmade elements to form a natural habitat for foliage, birds, fish, and wildlife.
  • Colorful Visitors. Add koi to a pond, or let the water feature naturally welcome a wide array of bird species, butterflies, dragonflies, and local wildlife.
  • A Fun Playground. A pond or stream is a great place for kids to splash, play, and learn about nature, and for pets to paddle and romp.

Why Choose Clarity Ponds for Your Water Feature?

At Clarity Ponds, we think of every project as a work of art. Skilled technicians and builders work alongside our creative team to help make your ideas a reality. If you’re not sure what you’d like, we’ll brainstorm to find options that work for your space. Here are some things that our clients can expect to experience with our custom-built water features:

  • A Unique Focal Point. Reshape an uninspiring backyard into an entertainment space that creates a specific vibe for you and your guests.
  • Organic Designs. We combine artistry with technology to direct water flow for a feature that blends in with the natural setting without looking artificial.
  • Collaboration. Our team works side-by-side with you to bring your vision to life.
  • Passion. We love what we do and get excited about every project. Our clients’ joy when we reveal their water features for the first time is priceless. 
  • Curb Appeal. Transform the look of your home and be the envy of the neighborhood.

Spiny driftwood partially submerged in a wide, shallow stream with waterfall steps behind in a lush green forest.


What will you add to your water feature? Waterfalls, streams, aquatic plants, koi? Clarity Ponds has extraordinary expertise in selecting and combining these elements so they all work successfully together. The result is a gorgeous backyard addition that your family can enjoy for years to come.

"On time and on budget, could not be happier!"

The crew was very professional, Clarity Ponds was able to incorporate all of our design ideas, and more, to take our project to the next level.  It was on time and on budget, could not be happier!

"Very satisfied with both...creativity and performance!"

We are very satisfied with both the creativity and performance of Clarity Ponds!
They have done a few projects in our back yard, the workmanship is detailed and their design was unique.
The crew were professional and courteous, the jobs were completed on schedule. They always answered my phone calls. We highly recommended them.

“[T]his guy knows what he is doing!”

Josh Hetley was recommended by a lady in a local water garden club for pond maintenance. After seeing his ponds during a tour, I figured “this guy knows what he is doing”. Since finding him he has done winterizing and based on the quality of his work, last year I hired him to install an improved filtration system. This year we discovered a root problem caused by a tree just before it had a chance to cause catastrophic damage. Even though the pond was rebuilt about 6 years ago, I had Josh rebuild the pond and I gave him carte blanch since I trusted him. Even though the pond is now in full sunlight there has been no algae problem. I am totally pleased with his work and his follow-up. I wish him success as he grows his business.

"[E]xactly what we envisioned."

We’ve had a koi pond for years. When we moved, we didn’t want make the investment or give up a lot of real estate to build a brand-new one. Instead, we converted our unused swimming pool to hold koi, with plans to add a waterfall at one corner.

My wife was not impressed with my DIY efforts to engineer a waterfall, so we called Clarity Ponds. We had known Josh for quite some time from the St. Louis Water Garden Society and more recently the Gateway Koi and Pond Club. We had seen his work and really liked it.

He listened to our ideas and worked with us on the plan. I wanted to tie into the plumbing we already had and connect external underwater piping to the pool jets. That isn’t something common, but he was willing and able to make it work. We now have a waterfall and koi pond that is exactly what we envisioned.

Ecosystem Ponds

An ecosystem pond’s natural look and versatility make it a favorite for novices the world of outdoor water features. Clarity Ponds’ custom designs can include a variety of amenities to suit your style.


A fountain from Clarity Ponds is a masterpiece combining an artistic structure with the movement of water. The result will add an air of grace and distinction to any home.

Pondless Waterfalls

A waterfall without a pond? Yes, it’s possible! Clarity Ponds’ pondless waterfalls circulate water over and over to create a beautiful focal point just about anywhere.

Hybrid Ponds

Give your koi fish a new, natural-looking home. Built with real stone and boulders, a hybrid pond offers your fish a habitat that feels authentic but has a controlled environment to keep them healthy.

Dedicated Koi Ponds

Raising koi is fun and educational for beginners and experienced hobbyists. Treat these delicate creatures to a first-class habitat from the koi experts at Clarity Ponds.

Natural Recreation Ponds

Dangle your feet in the water or take a dip with your fish on a hot summer day. Every member of the family will enjoy the variety of interactive fun that a natural recreation pond can offer.

Swimming Pool Waterfalls

Transform an ordinary swimming pool into a work of art by adding a waterfall. Enjoy swimming beneath or behind a cascade of water created with natural materials and boulders.

Filtration Solutions

Clarity Ponds knows how to keep your water feature clean, not green. We offer a variety of state-of-the-art filtration systems and are the only authorized dealer of ProfiDrum products in the St. Louis region.

Pond Maintenance

Spend more time enjoying your water feature by letting Clarity Ponds take care of it. We offer several different scheduled and seasonal maintenance options to keep your water clear, clean, and fresh.

Water Feature Repair & Renovations

Leaky rocks and broken equipment can ruin the mood you’d hoped for with your water feature. Clarity Ponds will get things back in shape. And if your feature looks old or outdated, we can suggest changes or upgrades to bring it back to life. 

Commercial Water Features

Make a bold statement about your business with a water feature designed and built by Clarity Ponds.

Lake Management

Transform an ordinary swimming pool into a work of art by adding a waterfall. Enjoy swimming beneath or behind a cascade of water created with natural materials and boulders.