How to Choose Your Perfect Lake Dock

When it comes to choosing a lake dock, finding the perfect fit for you is essential. The type of lake you’re on, how often you plan on using your lake dock, and whether you have (or want) a boat, are all requirements to keep in mind when making a decision. However, if you’re not already sure about which types of lake docks best address your needs, deciding on one can feel like an overwhelming process.

Choosing your perfect lake dock doesn’t have to be a headache. With modern options available, you’d be surprised how quickly and easily you can find a lake dock you’ll love for years to come. In today’s blog post, we’ll be discussing how you can choose the best lake dock for you.

Floating Vs. Stationary Lake Docks

One of the first decisions you’ll have to make when choosing a lake dock is whether you want a floating dock or a stationary dock.

Stationary Docks

Stationary docks are best for shallow lakes and the shallower areas within lakes. As the water levels rise and fall over time, a stationary dock will stay still, providing a steadier walking experience than floating docks. For this reason, we recommend stationary docks for those with difficulties walking and/or balancing.

Floating Docks

Floating docks are best for slightly deeper areas of water, particularly if you live on a lake that can get some larger waves. Floating docks will naturally rise with the waves, where stationary docks will need to be manually adjusted, which can be a lengthy, difficult process.

Choosing Aluminum or Wood

After deciding on a floating or stationary dock, you’ll need to decide whether you want your lake dock to be made of aluminum or wood.


Aluminum docks are a favorite of ours here at Pier Perfection. Aluminum docks are lightweight, robust, easy to clean, and extremely long-lasting. Because of how resistant aluminum is to water compared to other materials, you can expect your aluminum dock to last you for decades to come.


Wooden docks are the classic choice. While wood doesn’t resist water damage as well as aluminum does, wood is naturally buoyant and has that traditional, old-school dock feeling. As a bonus, wooden docks are also extremely comfortable to walk on and retain very little heat.

Are you looking for the perfect lake dock for you? If so, your friends at Pier Perfection are here to help. For more information on picking your ideal lake dock, click here to contact us today.