FOCA is very proud to launch the new Be #WakeAware campaign, together with our partners at the Muskoka Lakes Association and Safe Quiet Lakes.
Boaters need to be #WakeAware to ensure ALL lake or river users are able to enjoy the water safely and sustainably. Any wake near shore can cause issues for loons, docks, shorelines, swimmers and other small craft users. Large wake users are encouraged to take their fun to the middle of large lakes. Avoid narrow, shallow or near-shore areas, and watch behind you to understand your wake impact.
All small powerboat users can help, too, by always reducing speed to 10 km/hr or less within 30m of shore, and by getting up to plane quickly when transitioning from slow to high speed. We all have a role to play in being #WakeAware.
Do your part: Please visit the campaign webpage, share the link and #WakeAware hashtag on your own social networks, websites and community groups, and circulate this message to everyone you know who loves the waterfront in Ontario: www.BeWakeAware.com
Natural Shorelines:This month’s edition of Apsley Backroads also includes a feature on natural shorelines, a topic near and dear to the hearts of anyone who participated in our planting palooza in June. Please send photos of your plants as they begin to bloom this year or in future years.
Photos at the Lake
Have you heard of Tree Cattle? Did you know about the lightning strike at Windy Point? What does tranquility look like? Click here for a peek
We spoke of phragmites at the AGM. Click here for additional information. Please do be careful!
“‘It’ll wreak havoc for wildlife’: An invasive plant is threatening Canada’s northern wetlands Recognized as Canada’s worst invasive plant over a decade ago, the Nature Conservancy of Canada is warning that phragmites are starting to threaten the country’s northern wetlands, raising concerns for species that live in these habitats.”
BBQ Lunch: following golf (hot dog/hamburger/potato salad) Extras: you arrange with the golf course for a fee: Cart/pull cart, club rental Cost for golfers: $40/person for green fees, BBQ, prizes, and donation to Apsley Food Bank Cost for non-golfers: $14/person for BBQ and a donation to Apsley Food Bank
Thanks to Scott Phillips who kicked this off and is organizing the tournament!
What a beautiful day. Cottagers paddled to various docks for plant pickup. There were more fun and photos as they planted. It was nice to get out and see cottage neighbours (physically distanced, of course) once again.
Looking forward to seeing the results as we paddle around the lake this summer and in years to come.
Reminder to send photos to firstname.lastname@example.org by June 26th, for the draw on June 27th. (photos are posted when they arrive)