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

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 speciies 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 - June 8, 2016 Update

Effective today (June 8th) residents in Drummond/North Elmsley Township and Tay Valley Township are 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.   


Thompsonss 1915 Anniversary Cookbook On Track

May 27, 2016: We are in the final editing stages of "Our Table To Yours (OTTY)", our anniversary collection of  recipes, anecdotes, historical tidbits and photos from the Otty Lake community. Books will be available in time for our July 9th AGM, so bring $10 with you! If you can't make it that day, these Perth businessses have offered to sell them for us: Cafe Bean, Image InterAlia, The Book Nook, Foodsmiths and at the Oliver's Mapleworks stand at the Perth Farmers' Market on Saturdays. But not until July 9th!


Family GameFamily 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!


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.

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. See links to presentations from that day on their website.



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!


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.



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.



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.


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 descriptionand 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.


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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