This page offers a walkthrough of how to use the waterscaping tool in the Island Designer app. You will also find tips on how to create features such as waterfalls and heart-shaped lakes in this guide.
How to Use the Waterscaping Tool
First things first, you’ll need to buy the waterscaping permit for 6,000 miles from the Nookstop. To access it, you’ll then need to start up construction through the island designer app. Then, press + to open up the construction menu, at the bottom of the path designs, there is an option to select the Waterscaping Permit.
There are a few restrictions to where you can add or remove water. Firstly, you cannot place water within one tile of a tree or a house. You cannot remove the water from your estuaries either, they are permanent. You can’t make more estuaries either, meaning making more water is off limits on your beaches.
Other than those restrictions, you can make rivers, ponds, lakes and waterfalls wherever you like. When you have the tool selected, pressing A will cause your character to create a block of water. You can use this to widen rivers or create new bodies of water from scratch. You can also narrow or delete bodies of water by pressing A on an already existing tile of water. If you’ve added a square to a river that makes it look too unnatural, you can press A again on the water land to soften the edge by only taking away a bit of the land.
The same technique of softening edges like this can be used for ponds and lakes.
This next section will offer ideas on how to use the waterscaping tool creatively.
If you use the waterscaping shovel to dig at the end of a cliff then you will create a waterfall! Waterfalls are a great natural feature that can enhance the landscape of your island. If you create a new one you can join it to an existing river or just have it begin from a pond.
If you can’t quite afford lots of fancy bridges yet, land bridges can be a great temporary alternative! You could either bridge across an entire river or create stepping stones that your character can hop over.
The heart-shaped pond is great if you want a small statement pond in the middle of a park.
First, dig an L shape of water 5 long and 5 tall.
Then, at the tip of each L, dig out a square of water diagonal to it. Then dig out two more diagonal squares in between. You will have 4 total squares of water going diagonally between the two points of the L shape.
- Now fill space between the L shape and the diagonal squares with water.
- The final step is to dig up the square edges to round them into a heart shape.
This is the smallest version of this pond, however you could make it as large as you want.
You can play around with all of the different techniques mentioned in this guide to create unique and natural looking features on your island.