Welcome to 2020 on the lake! This is a year of challenges and we are sad not to see many of our American friends.
The LWCA is navigating how best to complete our tasks and meetings within the new Covid-19 world. We have set up Zoom Director’s meetings which are working very well and we plan to have a virtual AGM in the fall.
The Ministry of Natural Resources & Forests (MNRF) has reviewed our amendment request asking that the water level range in the Madawaska River Management Plan be lowered 6” (150mm) to give more flexibility to deal with flooding. This is a very complex issue, please stay tuned for a communique asking for member input.
Boat speeds on the lake continue to be a big concern with our membership and the marinas at the south end. We have requested signage from the township for installation at both the north and south ends in the narrow channels. In addition, we have prepared a “Wake Wise” brochure with a map highlighting the slow speed areas on the lake. Please remember that speeds within 300 feet (100m) of shore are legally required to be limited to 10 km/hr for ALL vessels. Fast speeds near shore can wash out loon nests, cause significant property damage and are just dangerous.
We will continue on with our Loon survey this season. We had only 1 or 2 chicks last year - hopefully we will have a better season this year. The estimated loon population was 12 to 14. It is often a challenge to count them as they do tend to move around!
Thank you so much to all of you who help us. The LWCA is a partnership with everyone using and loving the lake!