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.

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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.

OUR SERVICES

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.

"Really came out looking beautiful."

Dan & Terri Barbatti
I had Clarity Ponds create a short stream, complete with small waterfalls, into an existing pond. I had been wanting to do this for years, but it just never happened. Then my wife fell in love with a water feature that Josh built for Timberwinds Nursery. I knew Josh from a koi club we were both in, so that, plus the quality of his work made Clarity Ponds an easy choice. My wife worked with Josh on the design. Meanwhile I wanted some technical additions. To enhance the health of the current pond, we added water volume. It’s hidden, but important. Teri and I are both very happy with the results. It’s one thing to build a pond from scratch. It’s another to add on to an existing pond and make it look cohesive. Josh was able to do that and it really came out looking beautiful

"Really great customer experience."

Dan & Linda Gamboa
I had a leak at the base of the dam in my ¾ acre pond, and out of 4 quotes, Clarity Ponds stood out. They had good online reviews and Josh Hetley came out quickly to assess the problem and advise on a solution. I found him extremely pleasant and not judgmental or condescending like some of the others I talked to. There was no pressure; just simply discussing and finding out what worked best for us.

Josh went above and beyond, fixing the leak and bringing in heavy equipment to excavate on the other side of the dam to allow for a waterfall. When another leak popped up later, he addressed that right away too. Choosing Clarity Ponds was well worth it based on the cost, quality, and the one-on-one service. Josh’s personality and the personal touch, along with his very polite and hard-working crew, added up to a really great customer experience. I trust him and plan on using him again, as well as referring him to anyone who needs this sort of work.

"Very nice and professional."

Steve Lipkind
I’d been using another company to maintain my koi pond and waterfall. I was having trouble getting them to respond to my calls and emails so I was looking for someone else.

I was impressed by the water feature that Clarity Ponds built for Timberwinds Nursery and asked about them. I got an estimate over the phone about how long it would take and their hourly rate. I thought their prices was fine so I didn’t bother getting any other quotes.

The guys were very nice and professional. They replaced the burned-out pump with a new one, cleaned out the pond completely, and put the fish back in. I had to contact them again when I noticed an error on the invoice, but it was adjusted right away.

Overall, I’m very happy with the work that Clarity Ponds did. I would use them again.

"It’s amazing!"

Tim & Sally Weir
We were in the midst of relandscaping our front yard when we saw Clarity Ponds’ display at Timberwinds Nursery. We had always wanted to do a water feature in our backyard. After multiple bad experiences with other contractors for other projects, it was so refreshing to work with Josh. He had a vision for the space right off the bat and was so enthusiastic in describing it. We hit it off so well that we hired him on the spot. After seeing what was possible on a Pond-o-rama garden tour, we ended up doubling the space Clarity Ponds had to work with! They completely transformed our backyard with a pondless system with 2 streams, a staircase, and a sunporch where we can watch and listen to the water. Josh is truly an artist. It’s almost like the stones speak to him and he knows just how to arrange them to maximize both the beauty and sound. Our other contractors were delayed several times due to bad weather, but Josh’s crew started and finished exactly when he said they would. Josh and Ana were both wonderfully responsive. And when we needed to trim the budget, Josh found a solution by changing the size of the boulders he used. We like it even better than the original plan! We are so thrilled with how everything turned out. It’s amazing!

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.

Fountains

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.