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

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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.

Stay Informed: Receive timely North Kawartha information by subscribing at this site.

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.

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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.

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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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Loon Call Lake – Spring Newsletter #2 – 2020

 May 21 2020

Margi Colquhoun

Hi Everyone

We hope this letter continues to find you healthy!  It has been quite easy to stay home during the time of Covid 19, since the weather felt more like late winter than May until this week. I am in the city on the holiday Monday reminding myself that the trees and flowers need the rain.

The LCLCA Executive held a meeting on May 7th. The minutes can be found on the website by clicking here.

Breaking News:

Annual General Meeting

As you probably expected, the AGM is cancelled this year due to Covid 19.  We will communicate with you via emails and the website.

The decision regarding the regatta and corn roast are delayed until mid-June.

Travel to Cottage

There is a good you tube video FOCA Cottages in the FOCA Update forwarded to you a few days ago which addresses trips to cottages in our area. Please listen to it. An important thing we can do to respect the townspeople is to order online or by phone and use curbside pick-up. The Apsley stores are all set up for curbside service.

It is preferred that cottagers self-quarantine for 14 days at their properties when they return to the lake. Please take the supplies from your home in order to comply.  The people in Apsley do welcome our business and are ready for us, but the province continues to ask that we exercise caution and respect.


New Executive for LCLCA

As you know Syd Bowcott stepped down and we thank him for all of his years as secretary.  Roger van Katwijk, has stepped down as Vice President but continues to lead the Corn Roast. We are very fortunate to have three new volunteers to serve on the executive this year.

  • Vickie Hartog is going to become Communications/Secretary
  • Henry Decock will serve as Vice President (formerly Member at Large)
  • Breanne Wells will become a the Member-at-Large
  • James Boyd will remain a Member-at-Large and  support Corn Roast


We will provide more info about our new executive members in the next newsletter.

Area Directors

We normally confirm Area Directors name at the AGM.  Please let us know (email president@looncalllake.ca)  whether you are willing to continue for the upcoming year!

This is our current list:

LotsFire RouteName
1 to 7 & XO’s 1 to 455 & 56Bill McRae
8 to 1855Helen Yielding
19 to 2755JP Pawliw
28 to 3958FMargaret Adkins
40 to 5258FSue and Ross Murray
53 to 6458G &  58DLeslie or Neil Guyatt
65 to 68 & Island57 & IslandHeather Thornton
69 to 7757AReiner Stimming

Collection of Dues

The executive agreed to continue collecting Loon Call Cottagers Association dues for the coming year. Any excess funds in the future can be reimbursed to the members in other ways, such as free access to the corn roast.  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 drop it off at Janice’s dock on the July 1st weekend.



Vickie Hartog is monitoring the use of the updated Looncall Lake website. It is very exciting that traffic to the website increased from 3 or 4 to between 45 and 50 views immediately after the announced launch in the last newsletter. Visitors can still send any corrections by using the Contact Us link on the site.

Notes about posting:

  • Anything critical is displayed on the Notice Board
  • External announcement are directed to links rather than paraphrasing
  • If Road associations provide material using the Contact Us link it will be posted in the Latest News
  • Pictures of activities on Loon Call are always welcome! See instructions in the Contact Us link
  • You can subscribe to communications via the Subscribe link on the footer of the website. You can unsubscribe via any email you receive.

Welcome Book

The Executive considered printing the Welcome Book but determined that an online version was the initial vision and people who wish to print it are easily able to print from the website.

Taking Care of the Lake:

Water Testing

Jim Hartog will continue with the regular testing of the lake as in previous years. If he gets results from the Park and Township that can be shared they will be on the website and in the next newsletter.

Light Pollution

Light pollution – Cottagers are reminded that solar lights that are on all night create problems for wildlife and sometimes annoying to other cottagers. They affect our ability to see the night sky which is amazing to enjoy when we are at the cottage. We hope you will consider installing on/off switches for exterior lighting. Orange lights or caps over the lights are preferred. On our website and in the Shoreline Assessment there are questions and recommendations related to lighting.

Loons Nesting

Tips for taking Care of the Loons:

The loons are back and we would love to see them have chicks again! Their nests are easily flooded by waves created by boat wakes.

  • Watch loons from at least 200 feet away. Get a powerful lens for your camera, use binoculars or a spotting scope, and never explore a loon nest site. Close encounters can be deadly for swimming and nesting loons.
  • Avoid exploring or camping on islands before July 15 of each year. Loons prefer islands for nesting. Disturbance can cause a loon to abandon its nest.
  • Dispose of household garbage at a collection site. Garbage draws raccoons, foxes, gulls, and eagles, which prey on loon eggs. Trash can also ensnare wildlife, including loons.
  • Be an ethical angler. Never fish or cast near loon nests or swimming loons, properly dispose of extra bait and trash, and pick up monofilament line.
  • Keep dogs and cats away from loons and nests. Pets disturb nesting loons and can destroy loon eggs.
  • Be a responsible boater. Never chase loons or run motorboats or personal watercraft over areas where loons have been seen (both bays!) Loons and loon chicks have died from being hit by boats and pro­pellers. Boat wakes and waves may also wash eggs off of nests.
  • Practice and teach wildlife stewardship…always!

Gypsy Moths

We will be invaded by Gypsy Moths this year at Loon Call.  Even though some people have collected hundreds of egg masses (particularly Heather Thornton), at this stage if cottagers wish to minimize damage done by the voracious caterpillars you should wrap your trees in burlap with a fold to catch the caterpillars as they crawl up the tree.

There are several websites to help you see what you can do to protect your trees. Here is one: Canada Gypsy moths

Have a Happy and Safe Summer,

See you at the Cottage even if we can just wave,

Hugs from your Loon Call Lake Cottage Association Executive

Loon Call Lake – Early Spring Newsletter – 2020

April 13, 2020

Margi Colquhoun

The ice is out. The snow is gone. Birds are calling.Things are awakening at Loon Call Lake.

Since cottagers are beginning to think about cottages we thought it a good time to reconnect. We are in the 5th week of “physical distancing” and restrictions imposed by the Covid 19 pandemic, and nothing is normal. Even the thought of going to the cottage is fraught – should we? shouldn’t we? are we allowed? Information changes regularly and we will attempt to keep you updated on the website.

Updated Website

This letter introduces you to our wonderful restructured website where current information is located and updated regularly.

A huge thanks to Vickie Hartog and her daughter Kathryn Hartog who revised the website! Our thanks also go to Erin Billinghurst and her dad Bruce, who started the website and continued it until recently

Our website: Loon Call Lake includes a link to a video by our Mayor Carolyn Amyotte regarding Covid-19 and visits to the cottage. Although our local mayor is encouraging, our premier and local and federal health officials suggest that cottagers stay home in order to reduce the potential for spread of Covid19 to local residents and to reduce the potential impact on cottage country healthcare resources.

I will be attending a FOCA webinar about cottage country considerations and COVID-19 on Tuesday April 14 and will post and send highlights after the webinar.

Loon Call Lake Welcome Book

You will note on the website that we have a new Welcome Book! It is going to be valuable for newcomers and oldtimers alike. Please have a look!

Again our thanks go to Vickie Hartog’s leadership in creating our new welcome book! A small group including Jim Hartog, Syd Bowcott, Henry DeCock and Margi, led by Vickie Hartog, developed this book late last summer

Welcome Book

FOCA Spring Meeting

You can read or even watch the presentations of the spring 2020 FOCA meeting I attended in March. FOCA Event Summary Spring 2020, invasive species presentation by Andrea Kirkwood and FOCA spring seminar site.

Planting Trees and Shrubs

At the 2019 AGM information was provided about the value of planting trees and shrubs on waterfront properties/shorelines.  If you are up to the cottage this spring and staying close to home rather than visiting with friends, please consider planting!!! Trees and shrubs are easily accessible and it is difficult to overemphasize their value.

The province of Quebec has legislated that there must be several metres of natural vegetation on shorelines. (not grass!)

This resource from the Ontario Government states that shorelines are protected by law. Ontario Natural Shorelines

Watersheds Canada provides resources natural shorelines

Loon Call Lake Cottage Executive

As you were told a couple of months ago, Syd Bowcott is finished his long term as secretary in May.  I asked for volunteers then and received none.

I urge anyone who is recently retired to consider offering their support to the Executive!  The association cannot function without volunteers and if it is your time, we would appreciate the help.

On behalf of your Executive, please stay well and we look forward to seeing you as soon as possible.