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Is there any way to create an artificial lake in minecraft? I am familiar with the system of "spring" water blocks and how to create an infinite supply of water with two blocks together, but how do you make an entire lake?

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Basically, you want to start by digging out the top layer of your soon-to-be-lake. Place water sources every other block (in a checkerboard like fashion), and you will hopefully end up with a non-flowing lake. The reason this happens is because by placing water sources every other block, they flow together and the one in between also turns into a source.

If you still have flowing water, place water where the water seems to be flowing to:

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From there, you should be able to dig the bottom layers of the lake out without any annoying currents forming. If they do, follow the instructions in this question.

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I'll give this a shot with a test lake and flag it as the answer if it works. Does the bottom have to be level? –  Kenneth Posey Apr 7 '11 at 0:47
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It's easiest to level water when there's only one layer of water. If you then dig out the bottom layers, they should all work fine. –  Kevin Y Apr 7 '11 at 0:51
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@Kort there is no requirement on the lower layers whatsoever. however the lower layers will (by digging) be "waterfall" blocks pulling you down. If you want really still water, follow these instructions (that's why @Ullallulloo considers your question a dupe of that one) –  Zommuter Apr 7 '11 at 6:09
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Actually, you will be able to swim in the lower layers. The condition for a downward current is NOT that the block is not a source block, but that the block has open space beside it. (Yes, I tested this.) –  Kevin Reid Apr 7 '11 at 10:40
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This is true, and infact a pool made with just the top layer (which is also mentioned in accepted answer to the duplicated question) can be used as a plunge pool without ill effect. In previous versions there was a very definite downward current in pools made this way. Recently the same effect only sometimes occurs, but is probably a bug more than by design. –  Kurley Apr 7 '11 at 13:21

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