Otty Lake Association

  • Go Jump in a Lake
  • Wylie Cottage
  • Heron on Raft
  • Kayaks and Still Water
  • Nesting Box Volunteers
  • Girl in Boat - Jennifer Jilks
  • Geese Family - Rick Haas
  • Boat at Sunset
  • Pink Sky over Little Otty - Shannon Hicks
  • Paddle Power 2015

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Bass Video Bass Spawning Video

A pair of smallmouth bass spawning on one of the installed spawning beds from the Otty Lake ‎fish and wildlife enhancement project. 

For additional photos, see our photo gallery.

Find out more about the Fish and Wildlife Enhancement project on the RVCA's Otty Lake webpage


nesting boxesJuly 25 Set for Nesting Box Construction Day

Monday, July 25 has been chosen as the day for assembling bat boxes and additional wood duck nesting boxes, part of Phase IV of the Fish and Wildlife Enhancement project. People will work in pairs to build the boxes at the home of Jay and Richard Hendry. If you would like one of the boxes on your property, or want to help with the building, contact Christine Kilburn.

Roger Nuttal Receiving Certificate of Appreciation New Board Elected at July AGM

A new OLA Board was elected at the July 2016 AGM, with 13 returning and two new members. At left, retiring board member Roger Nuttall receives a Certificate of Appreciation from President Reid Kilburn. New to the board are Kyla Haley and Michelle Soucy. Reid Kilburn is in his second year of his two year term as President, and Robert Cosh remains Past President. Returning board members are Cathy Kari, Christine Kilburn, Dave Bell, Chuck Shenkman,  Krista  Hearty McLean,  Wally Robins, Barb Hicks, Ian McDonald, Gail Reid, Ann Scotton, and Derek Smith.   


Thompsonss 1915 Anniversary Cookbook Outlets

If you didn't make it to the AGM and would like a copy of "Our Table To Yours (OTTY)", have no fear! Several Perth businesses have agreed to sell them for us. This anniversary book is a collection of  recipes, anecdotes, historical tidbits and photos from the Otty Lake community, and is a real bargain for $10. Set some aside for Christmas gifts! Our sincere thanks to these local businesses: Cafe Bean, Images InterAlia, Foodsmiths and at the Oliver's Mapleworks stand at the Perth Farmers' Market who are carrying the books. If you prefer to pick one up in Smiths Falls, call Barb 283-9966.


FalconistFamily BBQ and Games - Sat. July 23 

Come out for some family fun at Maple Glen Waterfront Park, from 10:30 to 1:00. This year Hugh Metcalfe, a falkonist, will be be bringing his female hawk and will tell us about her, the sport, the club, and the role of birds of prey in medieval times. 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!

beaver cutting down treeTree Removal

If there is a tree on your property line that has died, or is in danger of falling where it would be a hazard, check if it is near a Hydro main line (Hydro's responsibility), a secondary Hydro line leading to your house (your responsibility), or in the Township's right of way (possibly Public Works' responsibility).

boatingJune Issue Captain Otty's Log

The June log has just been posted. Some stories include: the loon survey, invasive species reminders, "Let Fallen Logs Lie" and the next phase of the fish and wildlife enhancement project. Upcoming events covered include: the AGM, the Picnic, Paddle Power and a FOCA workshop on cottage sharing agreements.

Bass BabiesFish Habitat Monitoring

From Around the Rideau, May/June 2016: RVCA staff surveyed the installed spawning beds and brush bundles this spring. In
2016, 55 percent of the installed spawning nests were considered active as they were guarded by a male smallmouth bass, compared to 43 percent in 2015 and 41 percent in 2014. Several species of fish were observed around the installed brush bundles including largemouth bass, yellow perch, pumpkinseed, bluegill, rock bass and various minnows. The brush bundles appear to be providing excellent feeding habitat and cover habitat for a wide variety of fish. From more information contact Jennifer at

Burn BarrelFire Ban - July 11, 2016 Update

Due to the dry conditions, residents in Drummond/North Elmsley Township and Tay Valley Township are only permitted to have small campfires supervised at all times. 

All other burning is prohibited. 

For more information please contact the Fire Department Administration Office at 613-267-2596.

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 Plants Going Fast!

June 10, 2016: Just 7 trees and 10 shrubs remaining, still a good selection of wildflowers. Last day to order is June 21.

June 1, 2016: There is still time to order wildflowers, shrubs and bareroot trees for your Otty Lake waterfront property. A revised order form indicates the number of each plant remaining. 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.

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.   


gravel and brush

Volunteers Needed Thurs. Sept. 8th, 2016

That's the work day for Phase IV of the of the Fish and Wildlife Enhancement Project. Work will involve the placement of additional bass spawning beds and semi-submerged brush piles that will benefit amphibians, reptiles, water mammals, insect, water birds and other aquatic life. Contact Wally Robins to see how you can help. 


nesting boxesNesting Boxes 2016 - Help Wanted

Additional bird and bat nesting boxes are part of the plans for Phase IV of the Fish and Wildlife Enhancement project. Volunteers will be getting together to build the boxes sometime prior to September 8th, when they will be installed. if you would like one of these on your property, or would like to help with the construction session, please contact Christine Kilburn.

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.


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.


hazardous wasteHousehold Hazardous Waste (HHW) Depots

Tay Valley residents can access the HHWD in Middleville, 4686 Wolf Grove Road, until Mon. Oct. 10, 2016.  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 September 3, 2016, 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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