It has been a bad year for blue-green algae in cottage country and a bloom has now been reported in Algonquin Highlands. You can find out more here.
Blue-green algae is not just unsightly; it is a sign that the health of the lake is failing and it is a risk to human health. You can find out more about blue-green algae here.
What are the health effects of blue-green algae?
Human health effects from contact with these toxins may include: itchy, irritated eyes and skin from direct contact through activities such as swimming and water skiing, and if large quantities of the toxins are swallowed, flu-like symptoms, such as headache, fever, diarrhea, abdominal pain, nausea and vomiting.*
What can we do to prevent a bloom?
Top ways to protect our lakes from a blue-green algae bloom are:*
maintain a natural shoreline
maintain your septic system and ensure it does not leak
use phosphate-free detergents, personal care and household cleaning products and never use these products directly in the lake
avoid using fertilizers on lawns, especially fertilizers that contain phosphorus
KLCA Directors attended an information session regarding the Township of Algonquin Highlands proposal to expand the McClintock Sewage Lagoon. The existing sewage lagoon is located close to the intersection of McClintock Rd and Wes ClarkeTrail, which places it approximately 500 m from Fletcher Bay of Kawagama Lake (specifically from where Harvey Lake Creek flows into Kawagama Lake).
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There are still tickets left for this year's Starry Summer Night Bash, a fundraiser for Moorelands Camp: https://www.moorelands.ca/starry-summer-night-bash-2018/
After a day of fun at the Regatta, join us in Marina Bay at dusk for a spectacular fireworks display.
We depend on your donations to keep this popular event afloat! It's easy to donate: just click the green Make a Donation button in the top menu and select "Fireworks Donation" when you fill in the form.
Mark your calendars! This year's Regatta will be held on Saturday, August 4.
Fun activities for the whole family! Swim and canoe races, beach program for kids, trophies, food, prizes... all starting at 11:00 am. This event is for KLCA members and their guests. You can renew your membership and pick up a copy of Reflections while you are there.
Check out the Regatta section of this website for more details.
On July 7, 2018 at 10:00am, Guest Speaker Heather Auld will speak about Climate Change. This presentation is offered free to all members. It will be held at the Dorset Recreation Center.
The temporary marker on the rock near Moorelands Camp has gone missing! If you find this RED BALL marker, please let us know. Also, please drive with caution in this area of the lake as the rock is currently not marked. (starboard side of lake as you boat from Moorelands Camp towards the marina). We recently found out some history of this rock from a long-time cottager in that area, who let us know that it is often referred to as “Smith’s Rock” so we will use that name for navigational purposes.
A BIG thank you to Eric Doetsch and to Mountain Trout House Marina for their volunteering of time, tools and the MTH Stanley work boat. And to all of the volunteers who have “adopted markers” on the lake!
The KLCA navigation chair and well as several volunteers have been out installing and maintaining the navigation markers on Kawagama Lake. Most of the navigation markers will be in place with the following exceptions, noted by KLCA navigation chair Doug Middlebrook:
The red and green ball markers at the entrance to Fletcher Bay may not be installed by the May long weekend, however the water is quite high and safe if boaters stay to the middle of the channel.
The red beacon light at Vogel’s Rock (starboard side of lake as you boat from Moorelands Camp towards the marinas) has been taken out by the ice. I have temporarily placed a red ball marker here to indicate the hazard. Eric Doetsch of Bacher Construction has volunteered to drill and place a new post into this rocky shoal; however we must wait for a couple of weeks before this is done.
The red ball marker at the southwest end of Eagle Island is currently not in place. I have had to use this red ball at Vogel’s Rock and Eric Doetsch will install once he has installed the post at Vogel’s Rock.
This spring has presented conditions on Kawagama and Bear lakes which have been dramatic and unique. Starting to fill the lakes around March 15th, according to the Lake Plan, was not possible or advisable as the water was tied up in ice and frozen snow pack. The thickness of the ice was extreme, not only here, but throughout the whole watershed. By April 21st, the ice was starting to recede from the shoreline, freeing up the ice pack, and so the lake was filled in a remarkable ten days. On May 1st, the ice was rising but not breaking up, due to an air temperature of 26C! This was occurring in Lake Rosseau, Lake of Bays and Kawagama which are all a part of the greater watershed. Our dam was opened on May 1st, and the flow down the Hollow River increased to try and prevent above target levels for early May
I was fortunate to meet with the MNRF on May 1st and they convinced me that they are very much aware of the current and varying situations on our lake, and that we are receiving our fair share of their very limited resources while keeping the entire watershed in mind.
From my vantage point as a resident on Kawagama on May 2nd, it is 20C and there is no sign of an imminent ice breakup yet!
Keep your eye out for Reflections Yearbook (which should be received in the mail by members shortly) which includes more detailed Water Levels information as well as a very detailed graph of Kawagama Lake Levels & MNRF Target Levels for the past year.
KLCA Chair of Water Levels
The KLCA is a volunteer organization with roots dating back to the 1960’s. It represents the interests of seasonal and permanent residents on and around Kawagama Lake and Bear Lake in Haliburton, Ontario, Canada. Our goal is to "Preserve the Heritage" in this very special place. Further information regarding the KLCA can be found in this section of our website.