Loon Call Lake Cottagers’ Association Newsletter – Spring – 2024

Welcome back to the cottage. Spring made an early appearance this year, with warnings about bears leaving their dens earlier than usual.  But now spring is rapidly disappearing making way for summer. Yeah!



 The AGM will be held on  Saturday June 8th from 10am until noon at NKCC.  See you all there!  


  • Welcome
  • Treasurer Report
  • Presidential Nomination
  • Lake Steward Nomination
  • Water Quality Report
  • Fire Committtee Report
  • Boating and PFD Awareness
  • Events in 2024
    • Paddle Palooza/Food Drive
    • Regatta / Corn Roast
  • Shoreline Management
  • Invasive Species Awareness
  • Kawartha Highlands Park Report
  • North Kawartha Mayoral Insights

The Executive

The Looncall Lake Cottagers Association was formed in the mid 1900’s to represent the interests of property owners and to help protect the lake for current and future generations of cottagers. Every year new development and environmental threats put additional stresses on this valuable resource. We need your support and as a member you can help ensure the vitality of this beautiful lake.

How do we make a difference?

  • We monitor water quality in the lake by taking samples and by performing underwater vegetation studies
  • We organize and support social events and presentations for members and residents of the lake
  • We play an active role in local politics and voice your developmental and environmental concerns
  • We participate in the larger provincial network of lake associations
  • We purchase equipment to enhance safety on Looncall Lake as funding allows

Two positions, the President and the Lake Steward,  are open for nominations this year. The votes will take place at the AGM.  The sitting President will become the Past President following the vote.

Role of the President

The President is the “leader” of the Executive Committee. The role of the President is to:

  • Serve as chairperson in meetings of the Executive and in all meetings of the membership
  • Seek consensus in making decisions of the Executive
  • Avoid the interference of personal agendas 
  • Lead the Executive in the selection of contractors and professionals that will serve the needs of the Association
  • Seek the input and communication of the member
  • Exercise fiduciary duty (duty of care) in the management of the Association’s business
  • Promote a sense of community by supporting open communication through whatever means available, encouraging member participation and making him/herself available to the membership.

Role of the Lake Steward

The Lake Steward leads association in guardianship of the lake.  The Lake Steward is responsible for:

  • Conducting the Lake Partner Program (LPP) water sampling in May
  • Conduct regular Secchi disc readings throughout the season (every 2-3weeks), and mail to Dorset (LPP) in November
  • Attend annual NORKLA Lake Stewards meetings hosted by Doug Wellman and report back to LCLCA
  • Report to LCLCA AGM on Water Quality based on LPP and Trent University test results
  • Maintain the water quality data (past and present) and update to show trends for web site
  • Familiarize yourself  with Aquatic Invasive Species (plant and animal) and facilitate their identification
  • Familiarize yourself with cottager practices that will impact water quality (e.g. Shorelines, septic systems) and share best practices with the community

Cottage Association Fees

Fees are $40 this year.

What do you get for your money:

  • FOCA Membership – providing us with a broader view of lake health and cottage issue awareness, the fees have increased in recent years
  • NORKLA Membership – access to lake health data, North Kawartha view of cottaging (Invasive Species, Septic data, etc.)
  • Community donations
  • Meeting in NKCC for a fee
  • Cover the Regatta games costs
  • Services and materials used to communicate to all cottagers
  • Equipment to benefit all cottagers

Cottager List

Do you need your cottage neighbour’s contact information? email info@looncalllake.ca  to request a copy

Lost and Found?

Have you lost something? Found something? email info@looncalllake.ca and we’ll post on the Facebook page.


Fire Pump Committee

The fire pump purchase is imminent.  The fire committee is finalizing the guidelines and procedures for the maintenance and training on the fire equipment, including responses to the questions you sent in, along with a set of cottage fire prevention practices.  In addition, a web page is being constructed to make this information easily accessible (a link will be sent once it is published).

Henry Decock, Fire Pump Committee Chair


Paddle Palooza and Food Drive

The Paddle Palooza and Food Drive will be held on June 29th starting at 10:30am. Paddle the lake with your friends and family. Greet lake friends at their docks and support the community by bringing non-perishable food to the drop off points for donation to the Apsley food Bank.

Regatta and Corn Roast

We are looking forward to the Regatta and Corn Roast on August 3rd, and welcome all volunteers.  We will have more information at the AGM.

On the Water

Loon Report

Loons were seen on almost every day in the summer of 2024. Sadly, we witnessed a loon death on the lake last year. The cause of the death is unknown.  Please take care to watch out for loons in the water and do not fish with lead.

Thanks to Sue Murray for leading this program for Loon Call Lake and reporting to Birds Canada on our behalf.

Boating and PFD Stats – Stay Safe

More marine fatalities occur on small, non-motorized watercraft than you may expect.  A marine fatality is considered any event caused by entering the water involuntarily – primarily falling overboard, and capsizing; far fewer were due to collisions. 

Some stats:

  • The largest proportion (92%) of fatalities are male. 
  • 31% of fatalities involved alcohol but only 3% are impaired… it doesn’t take much alcohol to impact you on the water!
  • 86% of fatalities were not wearing PFDs.

For an eye-opening message we encourage you to watch this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=up-fResUwRI This is 35 minutes well spent for you and your family.

Septic Health

Care for your cottage by caring for your septic. What to do:

  • Septic inspection
  • Septic clean out
  • Septic bed health
  • Be careful with what you flush
  • Reduce water usage


Water Quality

The Lake Partner Program results for 2022 have finally been released. They appear to be working a year behind schedule.  All data- Secchi disk, total phosphorus, calcium and chloride ion – are within historical values. Although the Lake Partner Program data is behind schedule and redundant to the Trent University data, it is free and the Lake Partner Program covers many more lakes than Trent does. It is beneficial to be part of the larger set of data.

The water samples for May 2024 have been collected and mailed to Dorset, the home of the Lake Partner Program.

Trent University sampled our lake on August 10, 2023. The data for chlorophyll a, Secchi disk depth, calcium, total phosphorus, dissolved organic carbon and dissolved oxygen at lake bottom are all close to our historical average, except for one, which is too good, Secchi disk depth. Trent got a Secchi disk reading of 6 metres on Loon Call Lake. 5 metres would be believable in August, but 6 metres, not so much. Apparently, the entire region showed good water quality in 2023.

In conclusion, all is well on Loon Call Lake.

2022 data is now available and published on the web site at https://looncalllake.ca/the-lake.

Lake Health Seminar

Join us at NKCC following the LCLCA AGM for the Lake Health Seminar to learn more about Natural Shoreline Conservation and Invasive Species Reduction

Questions? Requests? Feedback?

email info@looncalllake.ca

Watch out for the wildlife!
See you on the Lake!
Loon Call Lake Cottagers’ Association

Photo credit – Denise (Sue’s sister)

Loon Call Lake Cottagers’ Association Newsletter – Fall – 2023

The cottage season has come to an end (for most of us). Closing is always a bit melancholy, saying goodbye to friends and the land, but what a glorious summer it was, especially with the last hurrah in tember as temperatures soared again and we were able to get out for bug free walks.   We’ll close the season with some housekeeping both at the cottage and for the cottagers’ association.


Cottagers’ Association Fees in 2024

Decision: An increase of the Loon Call Lake Cottagers’ Association fees by $20, taking us from $20 to $40 will be in effect in 2024.

After much deliberation and in consideration that fees have not been increased since at least 1986, while other costs have gone up significantly in that time; and that $20 is less than the price of gas to reach the lake for many cottagers, the LCLCA Executive have unanimously put forward this increase.

We do look for grants where possible (e.g. the Planting Palooza in 2021), and will continue to do so.

What do you get for your money and what have we added recently:

  • FOCA Membership – providing us with a broader view of lake health and cottage issue awareness, the fees have increased in recent years
  • NORKLA Membership – access to lake health data, North Kawartha view of cottaging (Invasive Species, Septic data, etc.)
  • + Meeting in NKCC for a fee (more feasible than peoples‘ cottages (distant past) and Legion Hall (hot, hot, hot))
  • + The Regatta games costs have been absorbed by the organizer (Scott Phillips). While we are thankful to Scott for his generosity, funding the regatta is a more sustainable model.
  • + Funding is required for services and materials used to communicate to all cottagers (e.g. Web site, posters). Often the cost is absorbed by the person doing the work
  • + Funding is required for equipment to benefit all cottagers and our  (e.g. Fire Pumps, other proposed projects under consideration)

Your LCLCA Executive

AGM 2024

The AGM turnout in June was better than we expected and we heard lots of positive reviews of the earlier date. And, with earlier warning, we understand that even more people will be able to attend.The AGM will be held on the 2nd Saturday in June for AGMs going forward.

Mark your calendar for the 2024 AGM on Saturday, June 8th, 2024.

LCLCA Executive and Volunteer Opportunities

There have been no changes in the executive this year.

We do have interest from some Loon Callers who will be added to the executive next year.  As well, preparation is underway in advance of a turnover in presidents in 2025.

Volunteers are warmly welcomed. Please reach out to learn the many ways you can help.

For your reference, follow this link to the current team: Loon Call Lake Governance.

Fire Pump Committee

by Henry Decock, Chair

Thank you to everyone who voted in the electronic poll. 78% of the respondents approved the expenditure for a fire pump.

The committee of six cottagers has drafted a set of guidelines and procedures for the maintenance and training on the equipment, including responses to the questions you sent in, along with a set of cottage fire prevention practices, all of which will be made available to the Loon Call Lake community through the website and email communication.

Over the winter, the fire pump committee will purchase the fire pump and related equipment in time for summer 2024.

Look for further information in the spring newsletter and at the annual AGM.


Drive Safely

Please remember that many Loon Callers, pets, and friends of all ages and agility, are walking on the roads this time of year, enjoying the colours and the fall air. Cars share the roads with people. Please, Slow Down, Sound Your Horn on tricky turns and hills to signal that you are approaching. Keep everyone safe.

Event Wrap Up

– Paddle Palooza and Food Drive / Regatta and Corn Roast

Following the Paddle Palooza (so thankfully renamed from the Pandemic Paddle), we donated two very large, very full, bins of food to the Kawartha Food Bank. They were so happy to receive these donations and send their appreciation to all Loon Callers.

The Regatta and Corn Roast attendance was record breaking this year. It is so great to see these crowds again. Thanks again to Scott for many years of Regatta fun, and to Erin who has volunteered to run them in the future.

Do you have photos from the Regatta and Corn Roast? Send them along so we can share them.

The Raffle proceeds of $755 were also donated to the Food Bank. This put a smile on their faces.

It came a surprise to me that not all cottagers’ associations make donations to the community.  Thank you, Loon Callers. You are a very special group of people.


As you have seen in the notices, we have started a new tradition. So many Loon Callers make a special mention of their time at the cottage and on Loon Call Lake. It seemed fitting to pay them a special tribute on their passing. Loved ones or cottage friends are most welcome to recognize them. Just send us a note at info@looncalllake.ca and we’ll work with you.

See the Loon Callers Remember page for tributes.

Loon Call Lake Wear

The response to the Loon Call Lake Wear was tremendous, with requests for more. Please see the email of October 11th with instructions for how to order your apparel, or Click here to go to the Order Form.

(Note: The logo location on the Tshirt has been correct to centre front)

Order by November 14th. Pickup in Whitby.

Cottager List

We have removed last names and email contact for executives and directors from the web site to reduce the spam and scam. The cottager list now includes this information for your reference. Hardcopy lists will be available at the AGM and a link will be sent to newsletter subscribers after the AGM updates or upon request.

Lost and Found?

Have you lost something? Found something?

email info@looncalllake.ca and we’ll post on the Loon Call Lake front page LoonCallLake.ca  and the Loon Call Lake Cottagers Association facebook page. If you have lost something, check out both of these sites.

On the Water

Fall Cleanup Hygiene

It was observed last year that leaves were being blown into the lake. We remind cottagers that leaves are living tissue and contain phosphate. Leaves can account for much of the excess nutrients in a lake. Thus, it is preferable to let your leaves rot/compost on land – rake them to where they will rot without being unsightly and unsafe.

Wondering: “Don’t leaves fall into the lake naturally, so isn’t this okay and natural?”
Answer: “Volume! A few leaves may not tip the balance, but large quantities will.”
See Lake Steward’s report for more info.

For other cottage closing tip see these helpful tips: 

Checklist – Closing up the cottage for winter
Lake Friendly.ca – Practices and Actions

Lake Friendly Cleaning Products

Wondering how to clean without harming the lake or your septic system? Jacquie Cane shares her recipe with us.

Lake Steward’s Report

by Jim Hartog

NORKLA Lake Health Meeting Report 2023

Hartog attended the NORKLA Lake Health Meeting on August 26 at the Wilson Park Community Centre on Northey’s Bay Road.  This is an annual event organized by Doug Wellman as a gathering for the local lake stewards to touch base and also to hear speakers on relevant topics.

The meeting was not as well-attended as Doug would like but the Mayor, Carolyn Amyotte, was present as was Ambrose Moran, a local environment activist who doubles as a real estate agent. 

Although not on the published agenda, Diane Trauzzi, Big Cedar Lake, opened the meeting with news on the status of the application for a three-year, $750 000 grant from the Department of Fisheries and Oceans to cover the purchase and maintenance of boat clean/drain/dry stations for local lakes.  These are solar-powered, on trailer, vacuum systems that can be moved from lake to lake and will have “attendants” present to help the boaters.  Cedar Lake has everything bad, zebra mussels, Eurasian milfoil, spiny water flea and starry stonewort, so it has a vested interest in boat cleaning stations.  One of the points of discussion was if the stations should be on “clean” lakes for protection or on “dirty” lakes to stop the spread of invasive species.   Diane has received a lot of support for her work and she hopes that the application will be successful.

At this point, local lake stewards in attendance gave a short update on their lake.  Hartog reported that all is well on Loon Call Lake in terms of Secchi Disc readings, Trent U testing and the Lake Partner Program testing.  Loon Call Lake has escaped the Cedar Lake problems with our unfavourable to some invasive species water chemistry and good luck.  Chandos Lake has no invasive species even though the conditions good for them.  Jack Lake reported that they may have a mercury problem. The new Wolf Lake steward was in attendance. 

The first key-note speaker was Dr. Norman Yan who gave a dissertation on the causes of an algal bloom on Dickson Lake which is in Algonquin Park.  This is a pristine lake that has no business having an algal bloom.  Dr. Yan covered all the factors that likely contributed to the bloom.  These include spiny water fleas, high water temperature, decreased calcium, increased chloride and development (fertilizer).  Much of his presentation described the battle between the algae and the zooplankton that eat the algae.  The best scenario is to have conditions bad for the algae and good for the zooplankton so that the zooplankton wins!

The second speaker was Paul McInnes, who is the chair of the Coalition of Haliburton Property Owners Association (CHA) which now has scores of lakes represented.  His message was that the maintenance of a natural shoreline is paramount to lake health.  At least 75% (more is better) natural shoreline is needed to protect a lake from deleterious runoff.  Unfortunately, the average cottage lake can only claim about 50% natural shoreline.  The other high priority is the good maintenance septic systems on the lake.  He mentioned that laundry facilities and dish washing machines are not good for septic systems because to the powerful detergents involved.  Reclaiming a distressed lake is much more difficult than protecting the lake from problems in the first place.  Much was said about getting local political bodies and companies on board with protecting the environment by implementing environmentally friendly bylaws versus development at all costs. 

The last presentation, also unscheduled, was from Mike Gibbs of ESSE Canada.  This is a company based in Brantford but works province wide to provide invasive septic system inspections that include cameras in pipes and digging in the leaching bed.

More on Septic System Health

Septic system construction is regulated under the Ontario Building Code, but maintenance, including pumping and inspection, is a homeowner responsibility.

Take action to ensure your septic system is in good working order:

  • have a licensed technician inspect the system, pump out the tank, and install an effluent filter
  • remind visitors to avoid putting anything down the drain that might interfere with the system function (examples include: coffee grounds, food scraps, tampons, applicators, flushable wipes, condoms, anti-bacterials, solvents)
  • remind everyone to conserve water – large volumes can overload the system and cause failure!

There are varying opinions on the use of septic system additives: Some people use Septobac – a septic system treatment that is said to be environmentally friendly and helps to prevent septic backup by helping to breakdown waste. Research and decide for yourself.

Reference materials:

FOCA.ON.CA – Septic Systems

FOCA.ON.CA – Septic Systems – FOCA Fact Sheet 2019

First Supply – 5 keys to a healthy septic system

 Questions? Requests? Feedback?

email info@looncalllake.ca

Watch Out for the Wildlife (and the Not So Wild Life)!
Have a safe Winter!
See You in the Spring!
Loon Call Lake Cottagers’ Association

Loon Call Lake Cottagers’ Association Newsletter – Spring – 2023

It has been an interesting cottage season already, with weather causing washouts requiring early roadwork.  That appears to be behind us now and we are looking forward to a wonderful summer.



The AGM will be earlier than usual this year, it will be held on Saturday June 10th from 10am until noon at NKCC. See you all there!  

AGM June 10

The full agenda will be published in early June. Topics will incude:

  • Treasurer Report
  • Water Quality
  • Shoreline Management
  • FOCA Summary
  • Events in 2023
  • Loon Call Lake Logowear
  • and more


There have been no changes in the executive this year. However, there is room for members at large. Also, as some of the executive have held positions for many years, we anticipate openings in the coming year. We would love to see you on the executive. Let us know if you are interested. For your reference, follow this link to the current team: loon-call-lake-governance.



Paddle Palooza and Food Drive

Paddle Palooza July 1st

We have had so much fun with the community paddle that we are keeping it, but with a new name. The Paddle Palooza and Food Drive will be held on July 1st starting at 10:30am. Paddle the lake with your friends and family. Greet lake friends at their docks and support the community by bringing non-perishable food to the drop off points for donation to the Apsley food Bank.

Regatta and Corn Roast

Corn Roast
Regatta and Games

We are looking forward to the Regatta and Corn Roast on August 5th, and welcome all volunteers.  We will have more information at the AGM, including details about Loon Call Lake Logowear.


Sadly, one of “the originals” on the lake passed away this spring. Olive Carey passed away on March 13, 2023. She and her husband Sean were long time cottagers on Loon Call Lake. You can find Olive’s obituary by clicking here.

Cottage Association Fees

Cottager Fees $20

Fees remain at $20, and go to fundraisers for the North Kawartha community; FOCA membership; and hosting fees for the web site, to name a few.

It is never to early to send your 2023 fees to our treasurer. You can:

Cottager List

Do you need your cottage neighbour’s contact information – email info@looncalllake.ca  to find out how to get it.

Lost and Found

Have you lost something? Found something? You can post on the Looncall Lake Cottagers Association facebook page. You can also email info@looncalllake.ca and we’ll post on the Loon Call Lake web site.

Have you found what you lost? Has the lost item found its owner? Let us know and we’ll take the notices down.

Grocery Store

Sayers construction is underway, with news articles indicating an opening date of August.  As information comes available, we will share it.

On the Water

Water Quality

2021 data is now available and published on the web site at looncalllake.ca/the-lake. We have been classified as a sensitive lake, so while the quality is not worsening we must remain vigilant.

Shoreline Management

One of the ways we can help our lake is to care for the shoreline.  Encourage shoreline plant growth to reduce runoff;  never rake leaves into the lake; and keep chemicals away.

Visit this link for actions that cottagers can take to assess and improve their shorelines: Shoreline Self-Assessment Booklet Tool for Shoreline Property Owners from Watersheds Canada.

FOCA: Topics of Interest Presented at the FOCA AGM

Elerts: We encourage you to visit foca.on.ca/elerts/ to see recent elerts and to subscribe to get informative, helpful cottage country  information.

Fish Lead Free: Do you still have lead in your tackle box. Please replace it with lead free tackle

Mandatory PFD: Private Members’ Bill is before the Ontario Legislature, which would require all children to wear life jackets while on the water (with some exceptions).

Lyme Disease and Ticks: The at risk region has been expanding. Check your pets and yourself after every walk.

Questions? Requests? Feedback? email info@looncalllake.ca

Watch out for the wildlife.
See you on the Lake!

 Loon Call Lake Cottagers Association

Loon Call Lake Cottagers’ Association Newsletter – Fall – 2022

We have come to the end of another beautiful summer at Loon Call Lake.  You may have noticed that your schedule was a little more normal this year and you were scheduling cottage time along with other commitments and events. I know this made me recognize the bubble we lived in the past two years and realize there were some up sides to the pandemic, allowing more cottage time than usual. However you managed it, we hope you had a great summer with family and friends and at the cottage as much as possible.
So far, fall has been beautiful extending the swimming season and further opportunities to boat, tube, canoe and kayak.


Municipal Elections 2022

The municipal election is October 24th. Please take time to read the information found at these links.  We are so privileged to be able to vote!
Here are a few links to help you find information:

Apsley Grocery Delivery Program

Apsley is heading into another winter and spring without a local grocery store. A grocery delivery program has been organized in conjunction with Morello’s to support locals as well as the Community Care clients. For this to work at least 30 orders are required per week. If you will be in cottage country through the fall and winter, please consider participating.

Non-Perishable Food Donation

Do you have food at your cottage that you would like to donate?
North Kawartha Food Bank says, “We have had many inquiries from cottagers that are closing up for the season with regards to donating food. We understand that our hours may not be convenient for those that want to drop off non perishable food donations.We have put a bin at the NKCC to allow for easier drop off for those that may want to donate.Thank you for all those that have inquired about donating.”

Recap 2022

A recurring theme is that this summer was a getting back to normal.


The AGM was held in person on July 9th.  Highlights included thanks to Helen Yielding and Bill McRae for their many years of service as Area Directors, replaced by JP Pawliw and Rocky Dundas, respectively. We also welcomed new cottagers on the lake, and our guest speakers.
Presentation material and minutes can be found here: https://looncalllake.ca/lclca-agm-minutes/
The motion to improve the entrance from Highway 28 to Anstruther Lake Road was sent to the North Kawartha Mayor’s office. https://looncalllake.ca/anstruther-lake-road-and-hwy-28-motion/

Pandemic Paddle and Food Drive

We repeated the Pandemic Paddle and Food Drive, for the last time with this name.  Next year we will hold a Paddle and Food Drive, but with a different name. Any ideas? Send them to info@looncalllake.ca
Photos can be found here: https://looncalllake.ca/life-at-the-lake/pandemic-paddle-and-food-drive-2021-2022/

Regatta and Corn Roast

The Regatta and Corn Roast, and Raffle were celebrated with enthusiastic participation. So nice to get back to this tradition.
More photos here: https://looncalllake.ca/life-at-the-lake/annual-regatta-corn-roast/

North Kawartha Food Bank

Through these events food and funds were delivered to the North Kawartha Food Bank


The golf tournament was organized and ready to go, but the weather just wasn’t cooperating. Thanks for your work on this Scott Phillips, we’ll try again next summer.

Thanks to everyone who planned, organized and participated in this year’s events. 
You make Loon Call Lake a wonderful place to cottage.

North Kawartha

You can receive timely North Kawartha information by subscribing at this site. We strongly encourage you to subscribe to get timely, first hand information.

It is well worth visiting the web site to see all of the services available to you, including available drinking water at NKCC, emergency services during power outages, wi-fi, recreational programs, and so much more.

On The Water

Yard Waste

Please remember to take care with our lake. 
Rake away from the lake so that yard waste does not find its way to the lake.

FOCA Elerts

We encourage you to subscribe to Elerts here. We strongly encourage you to subscribe to get timely, firsthand information.

Loon Call Lake Status Report Fall 2022

by Jim Hartog

Hartog attended a NORKLA Lake Stewards meeting organized by Doug Wellman on Saturday, August 27, 2022 at the Wilson Community Centre on Northeys Bay Road.  The feature presentation was given by Dr. Nolan Pearce, who is with Trent University and is involved in the North Kawartha Lakes water sampling studies.  Other than the summer testing, Trent also conducts winter testing, and because of its characteristics, Loon Call Lake is one of the lakes that gets tested in the dead of winter.  A hole is drilled in the ice with an ice auger and an instrument is lowered that detects temperature, dissolved oxygen and takes water samples from the top just under the ice to the bottom.  Apparently, there is enough light getting through the snow/ice that algae can photosynthesize and produce oxygen in the one metre layer of water just under the ice.  Trent is also in the process of collecting historical data from previous studies done on the area lakes so that the old data can be compared to the data that is being presently collected. 

At the meeting, it was noted that the 2021 data from the Lake Partner Program still is not available.  The Loon Call Lake website will be updated with that data once it becomes published. 

In the round robin of area lake stewards commenting on their lakes, it was noted that the Lymantria dispar dispar moth did not survive the winter well.  We discussed the effect of spraying, the fungus and viral infections and the several very cold nights last winter.  The moth problem seems to be gone but expect it to be back some time in the future when conditions are right for the moth population to explode again.  In Hartog’s report at the meeting, he reported that everything seems to be “normal” with the lake. 

Boat wakes were discussed and the effect of “drawing down” lakes for the winter was a concern for one of the lakes that is involved in Trent/Severn water level control.  The headwater lakes are lowered so that spring runoff can fill the lakes instead of causing flooding down stream. 

Chandos Lake has had a dramatic, unexplained drop in their eurasian milfoil, an invasive species.  It was surmised that the cold winter may be part of the explanation.  Big Cedar Lake has given up trying to control their eurasion milfoil using the weevils.  Apparently, the weevils do not survive the winter well and the expense of buying new weevils year after year was prohibitive.

Chandos has also installed a boat cleaning station at their most popular boat landing near the beach.  It is a vacuum system that is solar powered and has a holding tank to collect the material picked up by the vacuum system.  The vacuum design means no wash water gets into the lake, the solar power means there is no connection to the grid and those costs.  The holding tank does have to be emptied when required keep the system operating.  The cost was very high but part of that was offset by a $10 000 grant from the North Kawartha council who deemed the project worthy.  Other than cost, another negative was finding volunteers to man the station during busy times to make sure everything is going as it should.

Three North Kawartha councillors were present at the meeting and when asked about the septic system inspection that appears to have stopped, they explained that COVID shelved the initiative but it will be up and running again once staff has been found to run the operation.  Staffing seems to be a problem in many areas of operation since the pandemic. 

On a high note, there was no mention of any new invasive species to look out for. 


Is your cottager information correct? Click this link to reach info@looncalllake.ca for a copy or to advise of any adjustments or corrections. Want to let us know about something? Click to email info@looncalllake.ca

Photo Credit: Ross Murray

Loon Call Lake Cottagers’ Association Newsletter – Spring – 2022 – Updated

Winter is behind us and we have had some marvelous spring days. Some of you have been to the cottage already and report that it is looking good in cottage country. We’re all looking forward to a fantastic 2022, I’m sure.


Update: We are planning an in person AGM this year, on Saturday July 9th (not July 2nd as previously communicated). Won’t it be nice to see so many people face to face. Details will be sent out in June. 



We are looking forward to reviving the Regatta and Corn Roast after the pandemic hiatus. Volunteers are welcome. Please contact Jacquie Cane (jacquiecane@gmail.com) if you would like to be part of the committee to make this happen!

Another Pandemic Paddle will be held this year. This time on Sunday, July 3rd (the day after the AGM). And, again this year, food donation for the Apsley Food Bank are welcome (photos of last year’s fun: pandemic-paddle-and-food-drive-2021).

We are looking at other events, and will announce them as they are organized.

Thanks again to everyone who planned, organized and participated in last year’s events. You make Loon Call Lake a wonderful place to cottage.

Cottage Association Fees

Thanks to everyone who paid their cottage association fees through these challenging years. They go toward the needs that don’t stop for a pandemic, among them, fundraisers for the North Kawartha community especially those needed with the loss of local grocery shopping; FOCA membership helping us to stay informed about cottage issues, invasive species, the planting palooza and shorelines health to name a few; and for the hosting fees for the web site.

It is never to early to send your 2022 fees (just $20) to our treasurer.

You can:

Cottager List

Do you need your cottage neighbour’s contact information – email info@looncalllake.ca  to find out how to get it.

Lost and Found?

Have you lost something? Found something? You can post on the LooncallLakeCottagersAssociation facebook page ). You can also email info@looncalllake.ca and we’ll post on the Loon Call Lake web site.

Have you found what you lost? Has the lost item found its owner? Let us know and we’ll take the notices down.

On the Water


A new by-law is in effect. Please read By-Law 2021-0118 (Fireworks By-Law) to become familiar with the regulations. Remember, fireworks are not permitted in the park. In addition, the by-law limits when fireworks can be discharged.

Spongy Moths (previously LDD Moths/Gypsy Moths)

We did not organize spraying this year. We are hoping the cold winter temperatures helped to keep the species in check. We will find out in the coming weeks. In any case, let’s hope this is the last bad year.

North Kawartha

Fines doubled: Two new community safety zones have been set up on Hwy 28 through North Kawartha Township. If you’re caught speeding in either of these zones, your fines will be doubled. 

Sayers Foods: Construction has begun, with the outlook that Apsley will once again have a full grocery store by January or February 2023! Great news for the community.

Waste Management: Please remember to use clear plastic bags for your garbage.

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FOCA Elerts

We encourage you to subscribe to Elerts here to get informative, helpful cottage country  information .

Questions? Requests? Feedback? email info@looncalllake.ca

Watch out for the wildlife
See you on the Lake!
Loon Call Lake Cottagers’ Association

Loon Call Lake Cottagers’ Association Newsletter – Fall – 2021

September 30, 2021


It was a beautiful summer at Loon Call and we hope you enjoyed many happy times on the lake.

Fall is a perfect time to try out the new park hiking trail which starts almost across from the public landing and is well-signed. It is about 3k long and requires solid shoes as it is a bit rugged in spots. The scenery and trail highlights are worth the walk.


We anticipate an in person AGM in 2022 on the July long weekend as normal. We will keep you posted.


Recap 2021

We enjoyed a busy summer on Loon Call Lake, despite continued Covid restrictions and LDD moths (formerly known as Gypsy Moths).

The year started with the AGM, held as a Zoom call.

This was quickly followed by the Planting Palooza [photo], funded by “A Love Your Lake” program. Check out the beautiful results of the planting. (More photos: planting-palooza-and-shoreline-photos)

Next on the agenda was Music on the Dock, provided by Drew Phillips, who along with cottagers donated $1010 to the Indian Residential School Survivors Society.  At least 70 parties enjoyed Drew’s music and we are all grateful for his talent and generosity.  (More photos: music-on-the-dock-2021).

For the August long weekend, we held the second Pandemic Paddle, with substantial food donations gratefully received by the Apsley Food Bank  (more photos: /pandemic-paddle-and-food-drive-2021).

The summer events concluded with the Loon Call Lake Golf Tournament, organized by Scott Phillips. Donations of $423 from the tournament fees and prize donations were made to the North Kawartha Food Bank. (More photos: 1st-annual-golf-tournament-2021)

Thanks to everyone who planned, organized and participated in this year’s events. You make Loon Call Lake a wonderful place to cottage.

Cottager List

Do you need your cottage neighbour’s contact information – email info@looncalllake.ca  to find out how to get it.

On the Water

Loon Call Lake Status Report Fall 2021

By Jim Hartog

After a COVID 19 hiatus, spring water testing was done in May through the Lake Partner Program.  The lake was sampled for the total phosphorus content, calcium levels and chloride ion levels.  The chloride ion test is something relatively new and it is meant to monitor the effect of runoff into the lakes from winter road salting.  The salinity numbers from the last few years actually shows our numbers decreasing.

Secchi readings have been taken throughout the summer and I will probably be able to get a couple more this fall.  The numbers are not as high as our best years but we still look pretty good.  The 2021 average to date is about 4.2 metres. 

The Trent University water testing will continue and the results will be presented in a scaled down format.  Much of the data collected only means something to a PhD in freshwater ecology so a lot of what we were receiving was simply mystifying.  We will now be getting data that is relevant to water quality and easily understood although some of it is redundant to the spring LPP data.  The full range of testing will continue to satisfy the scientific community. 

FOCA Lake Steward Newsletter

The FOCA Lake Steward Newsletter arrived at my house with a couple of interesting items in one article.  The zebra mussel/spiny water flea testing, which used to be coordinated by OFAH, has been resurrected by FOCA  and ISC (Invasive Species Centre) which has a lab in Sault Ste. Marie.  New funding has been found to run the program again.  Twenty five at-risk lakes were selected (Loon Call is not at-risk) that had a FOCA membership to sample the lakes using volunteers.  The other interesting item in the same article was that environmental DNA (eDNA) which comes from shed cells from sloughed skin, excrement, carcasses, etc can be detected in the environment (from a water sample) and the origin of the DNA can be ascertained.  No need to find the eggs, larva or adult, the DNA will tell you what is in the lake!  This is still in the early stages, but likely will be the new way to sample for invasive species or check on populations of endangered species.

LDD Moths

Just a reminder, spraying is not planned for 2022. Click for suggestions of what you can do about LDD – Lymantria dispar dispar  on page 19 of the July edition of Apsley Backroads.

Invasive Aquatic Species

A new threat is in the water…From Mayor Carolyn Ayotte… “Invasive Aquatic Plants are on the rise in several local lakes and I went to Big Cedar Lake to meet some local residents and talk about their efforts to control invasive water plants- in particular Starry Stonewort. This particular ‘weed’ is actually a macro alga which form large dense mats in the water up to 9ft in depth. It reduces biodiversity, degrades fish habitat and restricts movement of aquatic wildlife.“

Please read the full article and watch the accompanying video at: https://myemail.constantcontact.com/The-latest-news-for-you-for-Fall-2021-in-North-Kawartha.html?soid=1113912725725&aid=eNvWJSqVIZg

North Kawartha

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FOCA Elerts

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Loon Call Lake – Late Spring Newsletter – 2021


AGM 2021

The AGM will be held via Zoom on June 9th at 7:30pm with the assistance of FOCA. You will receive an email with a link to the meeting.   You will need to identify yourself using your name and cottage lot number to gain access to the meeting.


  • Welcome & Introduction – Margi Colquhoun
  • FOCA backgrounder and updates – FOCA Rep
  • Business
    • Treasurer’s Report – Janice Manias
    • Dues for 2021 – Margi Colquhoun
    • Vote for Treasurer – Margi Colquhoun
  • 2021 events:
    • June:  Planting Palooza – Henry Decock
      • Shoreline Health – Margi Colquhoun
    • August: Pandemic Paddle and Food Drive – Breanne Hunt-Wells
    • As Available: Music on the Dock by Drew Phillips – Breanne Hunt-Wells
  • Water Quality – Jim Hartog
  • Web Site and Communications – Vickie Hartog
  • Closing Remarks – Margi Colquhoun
  • FOCA – Lake Associations in Actions! Video – FOCA Rep

Other topics? Please advise by replying to this email if you have additional topics you would like to have covered.

Treasurer Wanted

We are looking for a new treasurer and will be holding the vote during the AGM. If you are interested in joining an active, caring executive, please let Margi know by calling or emailing president@looncalllake.ca

On the Water

Planting Palooza – June 19, 2021

By Henry Decock

Save the date: June 19th

The Loon Call Cottager’s Association Executive was successful in acquiring a $500 Love Your Lake Micro Grant in support of the Planting Palooza, a one-day event in June to promote the health and preservation of our shoreline. The Executive will purchase two to three plants, depending on pricing and availability, for each of the participating properties on Loon Call Lake. On the announced day, cottagers will pick up their plants and instructions from a designated dock; then everyone will plant at the same specified time. We are asking for people to take pictures and submit them for a random draw to win additional plants. More details will follow at the AGM.

You may recall our participation in the Love Your Lake program and receiving a lake and your individual property report. The Planting Palooza is a continuation of our commitment to increase awareness of the naturalization of shorelines to enhance the quality of our lake. It will be a day when members of the Loon Call community can engage in some fun together and help promote the best environmental practices.   

A poll is now open for you to indicate your participation and to select your bundle. If you are on a relatively level piece of property with open space, you would select the shoreline bundle to revitalize the land. If your access to the water is steep with rocks and trees, you can still participate by selecting the sun-loving bundle to enhance your property.  Link to poll: Planting Palooza – Plant Selection

You can read more about the micro-grant program here

Plants for this event were purchased at Grow Wild Nursery in Omemee.   Many thanks also to Grow Wild Nursery for donating the shoreline planting prize valued at $50 for the planting draw. Any cottager who submits a photo of their planting party by midnight Saturday June 26th will be entered in the draw to be held Sunday June 27th.

More info will be shared at the AGM on June 9th.

Other Events in the Works

2nd Annual Pandemic Paddle and Food Drive; and Music on the Dock.
More to come in the AGM and future newsletters.


Apsley and Sayers

By Breanne Hunt-Wells

You may be wondering about Sayers and what food is available in Apsley. We understand planning is underway for the rebuild of Sayers, but at present do not have specific details.

In the meantime, Hunter’s General Store is available for many basics. In addition to typical variety store merchandise, (ie. Candy, Newpapers, etc.) they offer:

  • Staples: milk, coffee cream, eggs, some cheese, butter, coffee, tea
  • Other food items: wieners, pop, ketchup, cereal, canned  soup, pickles and
  • Baked goods: bread, hamburger and hot dog buns, packaged cakes and pies.  

It is basically first come first serve as there is a limited supply but if pressed you wouldn’t starve. J

Through the pandemic and fire, Apsley’s spirit remains high, with the Spread the Love campaign in April, showing town support with painted hearts on the fence surrounding the Sayers property

North Kawartha

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REMINDER: Fireworks are prohibited

Since we are in a provincial park, you need to be aware of the rules. “Possession or use of fireworks is prohibited in provincial parks at all times. They constitute a fire hazard and disturb visitors and wildlife who wish to enjoy the park in a peaceful manner.”  The full set of rules can be found here: ontarioparks.com/park/www.blueflag.ca/rules 

FireworkMinimum Fine
Possess fireworks$100.00
Ignite fireworks$150.00

NOTICE: Firearms Regulations and Limitations

By Jim Hartog

It has been noted that individuals are discharging firearms in the Park. The regulations that cover firearms in the park, for those of you who are not aware, is summarized below:

Section 9(2) of the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act, 1997 (https://www.ontario.ca/laws/statute/97f41)  states “A person shall not possess in a provincial park or Crown reserve a firearm, trap, other hunting or trapping device or explosive.”

Section 9(3) says that there are exceptions.  Since hunting is allowed in the Kawartha Highlands Park, the exceptions apply. 

The complete rules re firearms, with the exceptions, can be found in Regulation 347 made under the Provincial Parks Conservation Reserves Act  (https://www.ontario.ca/laws/regulation/070347).  This can also be found at O. Reg. 347/07. 

35.  No person shall use or display a firearm in a provincial park other than,
a) a peace officer in the lawful execution of his or her duties,
b) an employee in the Ministry or an agent of the Ministry for the purpose of wildlife management and control,
c) a person lawfully hunting under the authority of 9(3) of the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act, 1997,
d) a person authorized by the superintendent to use a firearm in a provincial park

From the Regulations, section 35:

Suspected firearms violations can be reported to 1-877-847-7667, which is the Conservation Officer tip line if you think it is necessary.  It is not a good idea to investigate gun fire yourself.

FOCA Elerts

  • The April Elert can be found here. 
  • Topics of interest
    • Stay at Home Order
    • High Speed Internet
    • Upcoming Webinars
    • And much more
  • We encourage you to subscribe to Elerts here.

Gypsy Moth Spraying

Planning and preparation is underway for the spraying. Zimmer has made the following site with map available so you can check when spraying is expected on your property. https://zimmerair.com/services/aerial-application-services/forest-pest-control/

Current expected spraying in our area is the May 17-22nd timeframe.

Cottage Life Show

The Cottage Live show is virtual this year. Check it out here until May 31st.

Welcome back to the cottage!
On behalf of the Loon Call Lake Cottagers’ Association Executive may you have a safe and healthy 2021 cottaging season!

Margi Colquhoun, President

Loon Call Lake – Spring Newsletter – 2021

March 26, 2021

Image credit: Henry Decock

Breaking News

North Kawartha will require clear bags for garbage starting June 1st.  For more information read here


We will be assessing options for the AGM in 2021 and will update you in the next newsletter. Any thoughts are appreciated, just reply to this email using subject line “AGM Thoughts”


REMINDER: Fireworks are prohibited

Since we are in a provincial park, you need to be aware of the rules. “Possession or use of fireworks is prohibited in provincial parks at all times. They constitute a fire hazard and disturb visitors and wildlife who wish to enjoy the park in a peaceful manner.”  The full set of rules can be found here: ontarioparks.com/park/www.blueflag.ca/rules 

FireworksMinimum Fine
Possess fireworks$100.00
Ignite fireworks$150.00

Cottager List

Do you need your cottage neighbour’s contact information – use the Contact Us form to find out how to get it.

On the Water

Your Loon Call Lake Executive have been busy these past few months looking for and applying for grants that can help our lake. As a result, we have applied for a Phragmites Invasive Species educational grant and are in the process of applying for a Love Your Lake grant to help with shorelands.

Phragmites – Invasive Species – Not Decorations

Pronounced frag-maits (American) or (British) frag-ˈmī-ˌtēz (British)
Image credit: Invading Species web site

In March we applied for a grant to increase awareness of Phragmites invasive species.

We want to increase awareness of the invasive nature of phragmites

It takes very little to propagate phragmites and a lot of work to remove them, so although they may look decorative, please do not bring them to the cottage. And if they are at the cottage, take them back to the city.

While we were not successful at receiving the grant we encourage you to become familiar with the educational material available and make it available to visitors and renters as well.

For further Phragmites information visit this link.

Love Your Lake

We have submitted an application for funding with which we will purchase plants and host a PPP (Pandemic Planting Palooza). Stay tuned for more information in the next newsletter.

A little bit more about the program:

  • The Canadian Wildlife Federation (CWF), in partnership with Watersheds Canada, is thrilled to announce that lake groups who have participated in Love Your Lake are eligible to receive funding. Lake groups can receive up to $500 per group to improve freshwater health. The Love Your Lake Microgrant Program will provide funding for shoreline naturalization projects that positively impact lake health such as shoreline restoration and demonstration sites. 
  • Projects should demonstrate the support and involvement of lake community members taking action towards improving and maintaining shoreline and lake health, such as, community members distributing native plants, helping design garden layouts or planting native plant species along shoreline areas.

You can read more about the microgrant program here

Bancroft Area Stewardship Council Plants

If you are interested in purchasing plants, there are many resources, BASCl is just one of them, enabling you to get shoreline bundles easily and at a good price. Please see this link for details.

FOCA Elerts

  • The February Elert can be found here.  Of particular interest is the information regarding the change to electricity rates to eliminate seasonal rates. It’s a done deal, we are now into the rollout details.
  • The March Elert can be found here. Of interest in this Elert is FOCA’s strategic plan for 2021 – 2023 for:
    • promoting healthy lands, lakes and rivers
    • advocating for responsive government
    • serving local lake and road associations
    • championing affordable and safe rural living
    • fostering community, and
    • building FOCA’s capacity.

We encourage you to subscribe to Elerts here.

North Kawartha

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Gypsy Moths

You should have sent your contract back to Zimmer Air if you are planning on being sprayed. Thanks to Vickie for working with Zimmer Air for stick handling our cottager list with them.

Cottage Life Show

The Cottage Live show is virtual this year. Check it out here

Be Careful – Ice on shorelines

With warm weather and windy conditions, be watchful and wary of ice conditions. For information about water levels for the lakes surrounding Loon Call, this is a good site to visit: www.pc.gc.ca/en/lhn-nhs/on/trentsevern/info/infonet

Winter at the Cottage

Many of our Loon Call Lake cottagers have been enjoying winter at the cottage this year. It is quite a different experience than in summer, with the peaceful quiet and vastly different winter activities.

Photo credits: Brian Webster / Margi Colquhoun

And here, for your enjoyment, an excerpt from Henry Decock’s blog that says it all:

Oh! Canada
This weekend, I finally got my good rink and a vigorous skate. The entire lake became my ice playground and I lived my dream skating experience.

For the full entry, follow this link.

Photo credits: Henry Decock

More photos can be found on the Loon Call Lake web site by clicking here.  If you have photos, please let us know through the Contact Us form and we will put them on the web site.

Loon Call Lake – Fall Newsletter – 2020

October 21, 2020

The leaves are almost gone after a splendid display of colour and there are not many cottages with lights on anymore.  We hope you enjoyed your cottage in the summer of 2020 – we are privileged to have cottages to visit in the time of a pandemic.  Here are a few updates from your LCLCA executive:

Gypsy Moth/Caterpillar Spraying

The most recent sign up list of cottagers wishing to be sprayed in the spring has been sent to Paul Zimmer/Zimmer Air and can be found and downloaded from here . There are about 45 lots have indicated they would like to spray. If you provided your email you will be contacted by Zimmer Air. If you did not provide your email (Question 4 in the survey) you will need to contact Paul Zimmer or reply with your   email or phone number  in order for us to update our list so you will be contacted.

These are the details about spraying in 2021:

  • Spraying happens at approximately the end of May depending on Mother Nature and weather.
  • Individuals who have signed up will be contacted via phone or email or both. Zimmer Air requires email addresses as they need some kind of method of communication.
  • Zimmer Air generally emails the contracts and waivers to cottagers who have indicated interest. Zimmer Air requires a signed contract and waiver from each cottage owner by the end of 2020. This gives them time to map out the properties, inform them of actual size of property and decide the actual cost according to size of property. Zimmer Air will inform cottagers after they have mapped all properties.  
  • Once Zimmer Air has the accurate size of properties, they will inform individuals of their cost and payment can be sent to them at that time. Either postdated cheque or credit card information are acceptable. Payment will not be processed until after the first application in May

FOCA Fall Update

Please find the Special FOCA Members’ Elert October 2020 here.  You will see that all cottagers are encouraged to sign up for the free monthly newsletter which includes cottage country updates, environmental and policy developments etc.

Of particular interest, and time sensitivity, is a new FOCA Survey:   

FOCA is conducting a province-wide survey to determine whether the ongoing pandemic is shifting patterns of waterfront property usage. Have you spent more – or less – time at your waterfront property this year, due to travel restrictions or physical distancing protocols such as remote-office options? Do you plan to be at the waterfront more often in the off-season this year? Whether “yes” or “no”, we want to hear from you.

Click below to take the survey by October 30, 2020:

Fishing in Loon Call Lake

A concerned cottager brought to our attention a very dangerous practice. They witnessed several times adults and children, instructed by their parents, cutting a fishing line to release tiny bass and sunfish that swallowed the hook.  This is very alarming as loons regularly feed in the bays in our lake and the hooks will kill the bird if ingested.  The hook must be removed before releasing the fish.

At our AGM next year we will discuss environmentally friendly and sustainable fishing practices, and a presentation about the devastating effects of lead poisoning and hooks on loons. 

Please ensure that all visitors and cottagers are aware that all of us are responsible for the protection of our wonderful Loon Call Lake!

Winter 2020

All of us on the LCLCA Executive wish you a safe and enjoyable winter.  Many people enjoyed the 2020 summer Pandemic Paddle so much that they think we should have it every year. We probably will do so, and look forward to seeing you in the spring.

Loon Call Lake – Summer Newsletter – 2020

 July 7 2020

Hi Everyone

These are truly unprecedented times as is reflected in this newsletter. We are adjusting our plans and cottage life to look after each other and to keep everyone safe.

The LCLCA Executive held a meeting on June 29th. The minutes can be found on the website by clicking here

2020 Regatta and Corn Roast

After careful consideration, as we are in Stage 2 of reopening during the Covid-19 in which physical distancing is still in effect and gatherings of greater than 10 are prohibited, we have concluded that the 2020 Regatta and Corn Roast should not go ahead. The potential for prolonging the Covid-19 outbreak and introducing it to members of our cottaging community are too great. 

Let’s all look forward to the 2021 Regatta and Corn Roast!

Collection of Dues

Gentle reminder to pay the Loon Call Cottagers Association dues for this year.  Please send the $20.00 dues by e-transfer to Janice Manias (janicemanias@hotmail.com), in your comments please identify your cottage lot number. Alternatively, you can make arrangements to drop it off at Janice’s dock or to your area director.

Support for the North Kawartha Community Care 

North Kawartha Community Care reached out to the NORKLA group (which includes Loon Call Lake Cottagers association) for a donation.  North Kawartha Community Care has a current shortfall of $10,000 since COVID-19 closed their store.   Community Care in Apsley is the only full time social service agency in the Township of North Kawartha providing services such as Meals on Wheels, essential transportation to medical appointments, grocery and Foodbank deliveries. Read more about their services at www.commcareptbo.org.

A vote was held with unanimous support by the executive to donate $500 to this need.

Gypsy Moths

Hopefully you read the notice about Gypsy Moths on Loon Call Lake. This is truly devastating and we encourage you to take action by using pheromone traps and / or destroying egg masses, using burlap to wrap your trees and killing caterpillars wherever you see them. 

You may not think  you have caterpillars, but we encourage you to stand at a pine or oak tree trunk for just a minute or two and look in the crevasses. It won’t be long before you see them.

Gypsy Moth caterpillar

Please see more information and photos here.

There are several websites to help you see what you can do to protect your trees. Here are a few references:

Canada Gypsy moths;

Lake Status Report – 2019

Our Secchi disk readings averaged 3.8 m which is the worst in decades, but not unprecedented.  The problem still appears to be colour.  Tannins in the water from our pond overflow is making the lake water look like “tea”.  Since the lake has a very low flushing rate, this may take some years to clear up.

Last May, total phosphorus was 5.5 ug/L, which is about our historical average.  Our calcium level was 6.4 mg/L, which is also at our average.  Both levels are good.

Historical water quality information is now available on the Loon Call Web Site  for all our Lake Partner Program (LPP) data and some nifty graphs that will show trends.

Reminder that OFAH has dis-continued the zebra mussel and spiny water flea testing program.  OFAH still wants to be in the invasive species monitoring business, but a new program does not yet exist. 

Although Trent University sampled our lake in July 2019, the data has not been released.  There appears to be a problem getting the data from the lab to the internet.  The original plan was to have all the data from all the lakes from all the years of testing available to all that wanted to have a look for any purpose, curiosity or study.  Maybe asking too much?

Health Care while at the Cottage

While at the cottage, if you are in need of medical care, you are first encouraged to contact your own primary care provider, since many services are now provide virtually and they know you best.

If you are in need of clinic services at the Peterborough Family Health Team clinic in Lakefield you must first call 705-651-4866 to make an appointment. Walk-ins are not accepted.

Hours of Operation and Additional details can be found here

Have a Happy and Safe Summer,

See you on your dock

Your Loon Call Lake Cottagers Association Executive

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