Beaver pond/water garden
I am new to this list and hope I am in the right place.
We have a 40 acre horse farm which has a beaver pond (for about the last 14 years). The pond has grown over time to be about 5 acres with the dam filling a gully past our backyard. It contains various wild fish, frogs, turtles and brings in deer and wolf and many varieties of birds. This is all very lovely but I would like to have water plants in the beaver pond. This has proved to be frustrated by the beaver family who find the pots and deposit them on the dam (even when pots are anchored.
I have been trying different ways of keeping water plants in the pond for two years (below the pond the overflow is a swampy creek so won't work for waterlillies - too shallow). Last year I tried tying the pots to long pieces of twine, tossing them into the pond and using the twine to pull them back off the dam in the morning after the beavers were busy moving them. Well, this sort of worked but not good enough to get any blooms from the poor waterlilies.
Spring is slowing approaching the Keweenaw (still iced over on the pond) and I am trying to think of another way to enjoy water plants with this pond - without harming the beavers who are a delight to watch other than this waterlily thing. I am wondering if I pipe water through the dam (with a filter on it to keep out muck I think) to a series of barrels below the dam - could that work for water lilies and such? There would necessarily be an overflow from the barrels which I think I could regulate by the pipe height in the dammed up water and the barrel height below. I am wondering if water movement through the barrels would cause a problem for the plants...? Thank you for any ideas on this!