The gravel was some I had lifted from a large bag full
I found round the back of a place I used to work.
Using a sieve. I graded it into pots so I had
fine dust, small grit and larger sized rocks
The dust was evenly spread out first,
then the small was laid down from about 1/3rd back
from the deep end so to speak,
then a mixture of small grit and larger rocks
built up toward the high point.
Much laying on of PVA and scenic glue,
drying out and touching up 'fore we got
to the water part.
I think it was all worth the hoo-ha for some
decent stony lake shore line look-a-like effort.