Otty Lake Association

  • Christmas 2015 - Josie Roberts
  • Delayed Freezup Jan13,2016, David Reesor
  • Ice Crystals - Gail Read
  • Moonset - Gail Read
  • Deer Shadows
  • Winter Hike - Beth Fischer
  • January Snow - Rick Stojak
  • Bluejays - Mary Beaudoin
  • Family Hockey
  • Gail Read

Welcome to the Otty Lake Association Website

woman cookingContribute to our Anniversary Cookbook

"Our Table To Yours (OTTY)" is the working title of a cookbook planned to mark several special anniversaries in 2016, including the 40th anniversary of the OLA.  We are encouraging the submission of  recipes, anecdotes, historical tidbits and photos from the Otty Lake community.  Please make your submission by February 29th.  The book will be available by the July 9th AGM, tentative price $10. If you'd like to help us create the project, contact Cathy, (613) 552-6359. 


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.


Tug of WarOctober Captain Otty's Log

See our fall newsletter to read about: summer activities at the lake, Phase III of the Fish And Wildlife Enhancement Project, our new board, what FOCA is doing for you, why we aren't hearing about purple loosestrife invasion anymore, and various initiatives to keep Otty Lake healthy. If there is something you'd like to hear about in future editions, let us know!


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 

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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