Otty Lake Association

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Welcome to the Otty Lake Association Website

Watch your wake on Otty Lake!

A new look for the OLA Website

You'll notice the OLA website has a fresh, new look as of July 2014. We will be adding to the site as we go, so please check back frequently (and hit refresh!) so you can see any new additions to the site. We would appreciate your suggestions of topics you would like addressed. And if you find a broken link or other glitches, we'd like to know that, too. Just email us.

Kudos to Rick Stojak, our retiring Webmaster, for his dedication to maintaining the site for the past eight years. We hope to see lots more of his beautiful photos on this site in the future.

Check out our old website and see how we have changed!

Bass on Spawing BedFish Habitats on Otty Lake Show Great Results - RVCA

The Otty Lake Association and Rideau Valley Conservation Authority’s (RVCA) quest to enhance spawning, nursery and feeding areas for smallmouth bass in Otty Lake is seeing positive results.

Recent monitoring of the project shows impressive early results. Of the 43 visible nests, 38 were in use with a male bass guarding the nest.

“The new beds are doing exactly what we hoped they would do,” said Jennifer Lamoureux, RVCA Aquatic and Fish Habitat Biologist.

Smart Phone App for Algae

RVCA Needs Facebook Voter Support for
Algae Tracking Smart Phone App

RVCA needs Facebook user votes in order to win $5,000 in funding support for a smart phone app that allows people to report algal blooms or excessive aquatic plant growth that they see on their waterbody. This app will complement the reporting website that will be annouced soon. Not a Facebook user? Tell your Facebook using friends!

Vote here:

running tapWell Water Sampling Opportunity

OLA members are being offered an analysis of the chemical quality of their well water by Caduceon Environmental Laboratories at a reduced rate.  The analysis determines the concentration of 17 chemical elements in your water.  Sample bottles were available at the AGM and by contacting Derek Smith. The cost of the analysis is $100, tax included. This is a $25 reduction from normal analytical costs.

Samples can be dropped off at the Perth Water treatment plant parking lot on Monday July 14th and Monday July 21st from 12 noon to 2 pm, where Derek Smith will accept the samples and payments, and ensure they reach the Caduceon lab in Kingston.

Trillium Funds Aquatic Plant Research and Education

Trilllium IconThanks to a generous contribution from the Ontario Trillium Foundation a collaborative led by Friends of the Tay Watershed Association, Carleton University, Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority and Rideau Valley Conservation Authority are teaming up to research aquatic algae and plant growth in our local waterways. The partnership wants to better understand what is causing algae blooms and excessive aquatic plant growth and learn how to educate residents to best manage and work together to address the issue. Otty Lake has successfully applied to be one of the study lakes. As a first step, Lake Steward Murray Hunt has collected Otty Lake's 40 years worth of water quality monitoring data into one format for the RVCA to use.



Watch your wake on Otty Lake!

Watch your wake on Otty Lake!

Cottagers derive a great deal of enjoyment from a host of boating activities.

Those of us with our pleasure craft licence studied specific rules of the water geared to safe & responsible boating; most of us are familiar with general boat safety & etiquette. We may not be as familiar with the impact of boat wake...

Shoreline shrubs

2014 Otty Shoreline Planting Program

Shrubs and Wildflowers for Shoreline Planting Sold Out

Plant requests were accepted on a first come, first served basis, and are now sold out. Members of the community picked up their shrubs and wildflowers at Otty Lake on Saturday, July 5. With any luck, the shoreline plants will be offered once again in 2015. Contact: Karen Hunt at or 613 264-9273.


Campfires and Open Air Burning

campfireSmall, confined, supervised fires used to cook food (such as campfires) do not require a permit, but are not allowed during a burn ban. Any other open air burning, including burn barrels, requires a permit, although a new permit is not required every year.  Prior to the date the  burning is to take place, the person with the permit is required to contact the Administration office of the Fire Department.  You could be liable for costs incurred if you do not obtain a permit, or do not meet the conditions for burning laid out in the permit. Note that most years there is a Lanark County-wide fire ban between April 1 and May 15.

Permits can be obtained through Drummond/North Elmsley Tay Valley Fire Rescue Administration Office at 14 Sherbrooke St., Perth,  613-267-2596, or through the Tay or Drummond/North Elmsley Municipal offices.   Drummond/North Elmsley Tay Valley Fire Rescue Services operates with one full time Fire Chief, two volunteer Station Chiefs and 60 volunteers.