Project Selection

Big Sandy Lake
Ashland, Nebraska

“After purchasing an abandoned sand pit, we hired Dennis and his team to provide clean-up dredging. Thomas Dredging & Excavating provided us with a lake suitable for skiing with a good, sound shoreline.

“Working with Thomas Dredging was a great experience – everything we expected, and then some. They are a good group of people – honest, hard working, and conscientious. I recommend you hire them the next time you have dredging work. They provide excellent service, and the value for your money will exceed your expectations!”

Dan Muhleisen, President
D&M Development

“Thomas Dredging & Excavating helped us take a sand pit lake that had great potential and dredged it into the shape we needed. By opening up some areas and adding depth in others, they provided us with a useable recreational lake. Their proximity to our location (less than a mile away) was convenient and allowed us to get our project completed on time and at a reasonable price.

“Dennis and his team understand dredging. Having his own lakes, he is familiar with issues associated with both sand pits and recreational lakes. Endangered species on our property brought an additional challenge to the project, and required the flexibility that Thomas Dredging & Excavating provided.

“I would recommend Thomas Dredging and Excavating for your dredging needs. They bring many years of experience to the table and will see that your job gets done, and done right.”

Chuck Norris, Manager
Big Sandy Development Company, LLC

Ginger Cove
Valley, Nebraska

Thomas Dredging was hired by the Ginger Cove Common Area Company for their Lake Improvement Project to deepen the main sections of the lake, including the “Skinny River” channel. We were also hired by several individual homeowners to deepen various coves at Ginger Cove, who also desired to increase the lake’s recreational value, improve boat access, and enhance water quality and clarity. 

Plant Site for New Sand Creek Operation
Ashland, Nebraska

Thomas Dredging provides ‘fill dredging’ support for Western Sand in several aspects of their business. We create areas for Western’s larger dredges to begin additional mining operations. Recently, we created a five-acre lake, into which Western Sand placed a new 400-ton, 20-inch dredge, for the start-up of their Sand Creek mining operation. We have also done a variety of fill dredging projects for Western Sand as a part of reclamation on worked-out mine sites ahead of development.


Ridgewood Lake
Fremont, Nebraska

"In 2006, it was agreed that our lake was in serious need of dredging. After getting three bids, we decided on Thomas Dredging & Excavating. After a very informative meeting the starting date, time, and completion date were agreed upon. Thomas agreed to dredge without disrupting our lake activities on the weekends, which was important for all lake members.

"With all their up-to-date, modern equipment, they worked very efficiently. Thomas started, worked Monday through Friday and continued until the job was completed.

"Their employees are the best to work with—concerned, friendly and accommodating. If ever a question, they were very prompt to call back with an answer. We were kept very well informed on the progress.

"Thomas moved in and out of our lake making it look easy. The dredging of Ridgewood Lake was a COMPLETE SUCCESS!

"If you need dredging or excavating, call on the real professionals, THOMAS DREDGING & EXCAVATING!

"Thank you Thomas Dredging!"

Jack Jensen, Resident
Water Sports Inc.

Woodcliff–Lake Tirawa
Fremont, Nebraska

We were hired by Woodcliff Lakes to deepen Lake Tirawa, one of their two lakes, by removing almost 65,000 cubic yards from both the large cove and main areas of the lake. Their objectives included increasing recreational use, improving boat access, and enhancing water quality due to sediment buildup over its 40 years of existence.  The designated disposal location was on an island in the center of the lake, which was achieved by using our barge to float the necessary equipment to the island.


Ginger Woods
Valley, Nebraska

“Thomas Dredging & Excavating dredged approximately 50,000 cubic yards out of our lake over a three-month period. We were very pleased with the outcome, and believe they did an exceptional job for us.

“Dennis and his staff were congenial and easy to work with. They made a very difficult job seem simple. Working with Thomas Dredging was a very pleasant experience.”

Don Charleston
Charleston, Inc.

Willow Point Lake
Ashland, Nebraska

“We hired Thomas Dredging to improve the depth, width, and quality of our lake. They provided the necessary optimum equipment and manpower to professionally complete the job.

Our needs were multi-faceted. Thomas Dredging provided flexible expertise and specialized equipment to prepare a containment area to handle the spoils from extending the width and depth of our lake. They were easy to work with on mid-course adjustments as the project progressed.

We were especially pleased with the heavily experienced, conscientious, and helpful equipment operators. We would hire Thomas Dredging again for all our future dredging needs.”

Joe Crnkovich
Board Member and Project Manager

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