Otty Lake Association

  • Kayaks and Still Water
  • Geoff Scotton
  • Heron - Jennifer Jilks
  • Nesting Box Volunteers
  • Go Jump in a Lake
  • Girl in Boat - Jennifer Jilks
  • Cardinal Flowers - Christine Kilburn
  • Geese Family - Rick Haas
  • Boat at Sunset
  • Pink Sky over Little Otty - Shannon Hicks
  • Paddle Power 2015

Welcome to the Otty Lake Association Website

Loon FamilyLoon Observers Needed

A group of residents have been recording loon sitings on Otty Lake. Observations are being compiled on a Google map in order to determine the number of nesting loons and their reproductive success (babies!) for the 2016 season. The findings will be summarized for the newsletter and submitted to Bird Studies Canada as part of their "Loon Survey". Anyone interested in contributing regular observations is invited to contact Kyla at In particular, the group is in need of anyone who can regularly make observations at the south end of the lake (Otty Lake SW Shore Road/Jessup/Blair Poole Lane area). Check the map periodically for updates!

buttonbushShoreline Plant Orders Being Accepted

A selection of wildflowers, shrubs and bareroot trees are being offered this year in support of shoreline naturalization. Plants available to waterfront property owners, as well as a subsidy to OLA members. Pick up day will be Sat. June 25, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. at 126 Sutcliffe Lane. Contact Evelyn Dore or Gail Read for further details.

Burn BarrelFire Ban in Effect April 15 - May 15

The annual fire ban for Lanark County will be in effect Friday, April 15th, 2016 until May 15th, 2016.

During this time no burning is allowed, which includes campfires and burn barrels.

Any questions should be directed to the DNE Tay Valley Fire Rescue at 613-267-2596.

Pitch InPitch In April 17 - 23

Everyone is encouraged to lend a hand to clean up the rubbish that has reappeared along the roadsides now the snow has melted.  If you would like to clean up your usual road or another one, please call Elizabeth at (613) 706-3562 or e-mail to get your Pitch In bags. Don't forget to take some photos of your haul!


wild parsnipWild Parsnip Workshop April 30

The Lanark County Stewardship Council is offering a workshop on wild parsnip, Saturday April 30, 9 – 12 at the Lanark Civitan Hall.  This invasive plant has been spreading rapidly in Eastern Ontario.  You’ll want to avoid it, as people coming in contact with the plant’s sap have developed severe skin irritations. Find out more and register online on their website.



At Home in Tay Valley Cover "At Home in Tay Valley"

"At Home in Tay Valley"  is an anthology of tales, family recollections and special memories of those who know it best – the people of Tay Valley. Burnstown Publishing House, together with Tay Valley Township, published a limited number of copies of the book, edited by Kay Rogers.   Get your copy at  the Tay Valley Township office, Balderson Cheese, Blackwood Originals, Shadowfax, the Perth Museum, the Book Nook, the Book Worm, the Riverguild, or the Village Green. Proceeds from the sale of "At Home in Tay Valley" will be directed to an annual scholarship fund.   


woman cooking Last Call for Anniversary Cookbook Submissions

April 14, 2016: We are still welcoming the submission of  recipes, anecdotes, historical tidbits and photos from the Otty Lake community for our anniversary cookbook "Our Table To Yours (OTTY)", but we absolutely must have them by April 30. Please send your submission to We'd appreciate the recipes typed in Word documents, and photos digitally. If you are scanning a print, please use at least 300 dpi. If you are submitting a recollection, try to keep it under 200 words. If you are computer-challenged, give us a call and we will try to help! Contact Cathy at (613) 552-6359. The book will be available at the July 9th AGM for $10.


E.Coli chart2015 Water Quality Results

A summary of water quality results for 2015 is now available.  This includes the E.coli, phosphorus, nitrogen and water clarity readings taken by OLA volunteers, as well as the phosphorus and dissolved oxygen measurements taken by RVCA through the Lake Partners program.



Deer Family - Christine KilburnFebruary Captain Otty's Log

See our winter newsletter to read about: local 200th anniversary celebrations, the Christmas bird count, the fall Lake Links workshop, winter photography tips and more. And see some photos from your Otty Lake neighbours! If there is something you'd like to hear about in future editions, let us know.


Bird in WinterChristmas Bird Count Dec. 14 - Jan. 15

Every year between December 14 and January 5, tens of thousands of volunteers throughout the Western Hemisphere help monitor populations of wintering birds – including more than 10,000 Canadian birders at over 450 count circles.    Visit Bird Studies Canada’s website to find one of several area counts. If you’d like to set up a new count in your community, contact Canadian Christmas Bird Count coordinator Mike Burrell at Read al summary of last season’s Christmas Bird Count in Canada on Bird Studies Canada’s website. For regional summaries, visit the Audubon website


water sampling2015 State of the Lake Report Released

This document summarizes the monitoring and environmental programs that were conducted on Otty Lake in 2015 and evaluates the overall health of the Otty Lake environment. This is the second year this summary has been completed.

If you wish further information, please contact Derek Smith. If necessary, he will direct you to a particular contributor.



RAIN logoKeep our Lakes Healthy Workshop in Almonte, Nov. 14

Community Partners, Lake Dwellers and Users are invited to a free workshop,  “How to Keep our Lakes Healthy”  from 9:00 –12 noon on Saturday, November 14, 2015 at the Almonte Civitan Hall.  Learn how to protect the water quality in our lakes and rivers as communities continue to grow and develop.    Sharyn Inward of Green Communities Canada will describe the RAIN program and how to manage storm water to protect water quality, and Dr. Jesse Vermaire of Carleton University will discuss the Algae and Aquatic Vegetation Study  that is underway. 


garbage bag graphicTay Valley to Require Clear Garbage Bags effective January 2016

Starting January 1st, 2016 Tay Valley Township will be implementing the use of clear garbage bags for household garbage. Additionally, the allotted number of bag tags will decrease from 40 to 30 for 2016 and 30 to 20 for 2017. Clear bags will maximize recycling efforts and minimize the disposal of recyclable and hazardous materials into the Township’s waste sites.


Volunteers shovelling gravelPhase III Work Day Sept 21

Thanks to the 27 volunteers from the Otty Lake community who participated in this year's phase of the Fish and Wildlife Enhancement Project, begun with the RVCA in 2013. Volunteers installed: 49 spawning beds, 75 cornerstones and 9 brush bundles. Eight wood duck nesting boxes and 7 swallow boxes were delivered and installed at predetermined locations around the lake, with more to be installed shortly.

nesting boxesNesting Boxes - Help Wanted

Duck, swallow and bat boxes are part of the plans for Phase III of the Fish and Wildlife Enhancement project. Volunteers recently got together to build duck and swallow boxes. Bat boxes will be built another day! If you would like one of these on your property, or would like to help with another construction session, please contact Jennifer Lamoureux of the RVCA.

App for Algae SitingsNew App for Algae

EASTERN ONTARIO, August 24, 2015 — Algae and aquatic plant observations can now be made on your smart phone. The People, Aquatic Plants and Healthy Lakes Project has just released an Android app for lake and river users to report any algae or aquatic plants that they observe on their waterbody. The Android app called Citizen Water Watch can be downloaded for free at the Google play store. App users will be asked to take a photo of what they are reporting, provide a description and the location of their observation.


Robert Cosh and Reid KilburnThe New OLA Board

A new OLA Board was elected at the July AGM.  Reid Kilburn (right in photo) is our new President, making Robert Cosh our Past President. (left in photo).  These positions remain the same:   Cathy Kari, Vice-President; Christine Kilburn, Secretary;  and Treasurer, Dave Bell.  Special welcome to new directors Chuck Shenkman,  Krista  Hearty McLean, and  Wally Robins.   Returning directors are:  Barb Hicks, Ian McDonald. Roger Nuttall, Gail Reid, Ann Scotton,  Peter Siemons and Derek Smith.  A big "thank you" to our retiring directors: Phil Anderson, Ginger Hay, Karen Hunt and Bill McLeish. 


tickGet Tick Smart - Ticks and Lyme Disease

See this poster and pamphlet from the Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit and be prepared. Lyme disease and the ticks responsible for its spread are established throughout Leeds, Grenville and Lanark Counties. More tick references on our Environment Page.


gravel and brush

Volunteers Needed  Sept. 21 and 22, 2015

Phase III of the of the Fish and Wildlife Enhancement Project will involve the placement of additional bass spawning beds, cornerstones at existing spawning beds, and brush piles for a wildlife, as well as wood duck, swallow and bat boxes.  Contact Wally Robins of the OLA or , Jennifer Lamoureux  at RVCA to see how you can help. 


Family GameFamily Fun at OLA Picnic Sat. July 25, 2015 

Come out for some family fun at Maple Glen Waterfront Park, from 11:00 to 1:30: a magic show by RyGuy Magic, family games and a BBQ. A $3 donation per person for the BBQ is suggested. Take the Otty Lake Side Road then turn left on Otty Way. See you there!


Wild Parsnip - EOHULearn to Recognize Wild Parsnip 

You’ll want to learn to recognize this plant, wild parsnip, which is spreading rapidly in Eastern Ontario.  People coming in contact with the plant’s sap  have developed severe skin irritations.    This plant has a yellow umbrella-like top and saw tooth leaves. Wild parsnip can be controlled by pulling or digging, or by mowing if done at the right stage of its development.  Wear protective clothing and be extremely cautious when handling it, and be wary of picking wild flowers.


boy in motorboatBoating Safety is Everybody's Business  

A ten-year snapshot into boating and off-road incidents investigated by the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) has revealed that capsized boats and lack of safety equipment have been the most common factors in fatal boating incidents, while alcohol leads the list of factors in off-road vehicle (ORV) incidents.


Heron and BottleRain in the Rideau Valley Puts an End to the Drought for Now

June 12, 2015 – For the first time since November, 2014, the precipitation indicators are all close to normal which means that the Rideau watershed is no longer in a drought. Flows in all watercourses have risen to above normal for the time of year and rain today and this evening bring the possibility that smaller streams could overflow their banks. Everyone should be cautious when near any size streams which will be flowing faster than they have since the spring freshet.


hazardous wasteHousehold Hazardous Waste (HHW) Depots

Tay Valley residents can access the HHWD in Middleville, 4686 Wolf Grove Road, until Thanksgiving.  The site is available to all residents of Lanark Highlands and Tay Valley Township.  The depot is open during all regular Middleville waste site hours: Monday 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., Wednesday 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Saturday  9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. 


Drummond North Elmsley residents are entitled to use the HHWD on Patterson Cres. in Carleton Place. It is open Saturday mornings 8 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. until August 29th, and is available to certain municipalities within Lanark County.


Naturalized ShorelineOtty Lake Shoreline Assessment Report 

The condition of the Otty Lake shoreline directly impacts on the health of Otty Lake. The recently completed Otty Lake Shoreline Assessment Summary Report is a new resource that provides baseline data that will help in the planning of future Otty Lake shoreline stewardship activities.  The Report is a lake-wide summary of the information gathered through the 2013 Love Your Lake surveying of 474 Otty Lake shoreline properties (totaling 93.3 % of the Otty Lake shoreline).


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