Benefits of Membership

Kawagama Lake Cottagers’ Association membership is open to any permanent or seasonal resident of Kawagama Lake or Bear Lake.  A vibrant membership provides a strong and clear voice for sustaining and preserving these lakes for current and future generations.

Your membership makes these programs possible:

Lake Plan ManagementWorking with various environmental and government agencies, we influence policies regarding water quality, fisheries, lake levels and shoreline protection;

Political Advocacy — We represent our members at township and county government meetings and on various provincial ministry councils on matters of concern to our members, including any issues that will affect the well being of our lakes;

Boating — We monitor, assess and make recommendations for recreational and safety issues on the lakes and adjacent lands.  Navigational maps are available at both marinas.  In addition to sponsoring safe boating instruction, the association also installs and maintains water navigation markers for your safety;

Planned Development — The association tracks proposed development in the area and actively participates in the planning process when the interests of Kawagama and Bear Lake cottagers and residents are concerned;

Environmental Awareness — The KLCA supports members with educational materials regarding environmentally responsible choices for cleaning products, natural plantings, shoreline restoration, landscaping and septic system management;

Financial Support of Local Programs — The KLCA makes significant contributions in support of local programs, activities and associations. These include but are not limited to FOCA (Federation of Ontario Cottagers’ Associations), CHA (Coalition of Haliburton Property Owners Association), Kawagama Lake fireworks and other various community initiatives;

Reflections — Our annual yearbook, Reflections, is included with every membership, and is mailed to your home prior to the May 24 long weekend.

Annual General Meeting — Held in July at the Dorset Recreation Centre, the AGM affords members the opportunity to meet with the executive team, friends and neighbours.  Each year, the program features a keynote speaker on a relevant and timely topic;

Winter and Summer Newsletters — A Winter Newsletter is mailed out to everyone on the lake; only KLCA members receive summer Newsflashes by e-mail once a month in June, July, August and September to keep them updated on what’s happening throughout the peak months for cottagers;

Our websiteFind the most current information on our initiatives and events, including Directors’ status updates, at  Our site also links to important sites of interest to cottagers and residents.  You can even check out the weather on the lake via webcam!

Annual RegattaEnjoy fun activities for the whole family at this popular member event.  Swimming and canoe races, a beach program for kids, trophies, food and prizes make the Regatta an event not to be missed.  The Regatta is held at Moorelands Camp — watch the website for time and date.