Some of the most attractive elements of the Mallard Bay
community are the two
freshwater lakes and three freshwater ponds it offers. They
provide pleasant fishing opportunities, either from shore or from canoes
and kayaks as well as the opportunities for dogs to play
"fetch" with tennis balls in calm, shallow water.
flock of Canada Geese can usually be found on one of our lakes or ponds
as seen in this photo taken on Webfoot Pond in June.
Each body of water is replenished by a series of pipes,
drains and pumps. The the water is initially taken into the system from
freshwater Head River Branch at a pump house where the water passes
under the wooden bridge that serves Virginia state route 643
(Knights Run Road) outside the Mallard Bay community.
Description of Lakes and Ponds
The two lakes are:
Flyway Lake - This is the uppermost
of of the two lakes. It gets its water as runoff from Highland
Pond and is bounded by lots 60, 61, 62, 63, 64, 65, 71,
72, 73, 74, 45, 76, 77, 78, 85, 86, 87, 88 and Flyway Lake dam.
Eagle Lake - This lake is the
lower of the two lakes and gets its water from Flyway Lake
runoff. It is bounded by lots 52, 53, 54, 55, 56, 57, 58, 95,
96, 100, 101, 102, 103, 104, 105, 106 and Eagle Lake Dam on the
Northeast side and Flyway Lake Dam on the Southwest side.
The three ponds are:
Highland Pond - This pond draws its
water directly by electric pump from Head River Branch. It is
bounded by Canvasback Lane and lots 80, 81 and 82.
Web Foot Pond - This pond draws
its water from Puddle Duck Pond which is fed via electric pump. It is bounded by
Mallard Bay Drive and lots 14, 15, and 16.
Puddle Duck Pond - This pond
draws its water from Flyway Lake and shares its water wit Web Foot
Pond. It is
bounded by Mallard Bay drive and lots 19, 20, 21 and 22.
Route of Fresh Water Flow
1. Water is drawn from Head River Branch
where it crosses Knights Run road. It enters the pump house at
the wooden bridge and is sucked into a large underground pipe that
eventually empties into Highland Pond by way of a decorative
spillway. The pump is on a timer which accounts for why the
spillway only has water in it at certain times of day.
2. Water flows from Highland Pond into
Lake by means of a drain.
3. From Flyway Lake, some of the water drains
into Eagle Lake, and then into the Great Wicomico River.
4. Some of the water from Flyway Lake is
pumped into Puddle Duck Pond.
5. Water from Puddle Duck Pond
flows into Webfoot Pond through an underground pipe.
6. All bodies of water give up some of their
content through evaporation.