To celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary and continue the OLA's successful Shoreline Planting efforts, the RVCA and OLA we are offering 150 Maple Trees for planting on lake property this year. We are limiting orders to two maple trees per home owner, and orders will be filled on a first come, first served basis.
April 12, 2017 - There will be a Fire Ban for ALL open air burning in Drummond North Elmlsey and Tay Valley Towsnship, until further notice.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to get your Pitch In bags. Don't forget to take some photos of your haul!
We've had some great submissions to our 2018 calendar, but need some more! Please take some time to look over your best shots and share them with us - no experience necessary! They do not have to be recent, and we would very much like to have photos from all seasons. Our deadline is March 31, 2017 so that the calendar will be ready for late June 2017 and our AGM.
Take a look at our February newsletter for stories on bee keeping, bird feeding, waterfront trends, water levels, a request for photo submissions to our next calendar, and other news from around the lake. If you would like the newsletter emailed to you, use the little signup box to the right.
In celebration of Canada's 150th Anniversary, Lanark County is making it possible for families who have a cottage that has been in their family for 50, 75, 100, or 125 years to be designated a Legacy Cottage. Plaques will be presented in the summer of 2017. Receipients will be asked to pay $60 for the 8 x 10 plaque, which is suitable for hanging inside or out. This is a commemorative designation only, there are no legal restrictions associated with it.
Protect your property by reviewing these security tips for seasonal and permanent residents:
The Pike Lake Community Association (PLCA) compiled this list of security tips following a meeting of the Lake Networking Group and the OPP earlier this fall. Thanks to the PLCA for sharing!
FOCA suggests marking your personal items, recording serial numbers, and making a list of what you have left af the cottage in their Cottage Closing Tips.
This OPP Security Guard Tip sheet is relevant to seasonal and permanent residents alike.
The third annual "State of the Lake Report" has been produced by the OLA Board. The report summarizes the condition of our lake and the environmental activities that have been completed on Otty this summer. Seven OLA board members and associates have contributed to the report, and an impressive number off volunteers have particpated in the many activities described.
If you have one of these boxes, be sure to clean it out and put in a fresh supply of wood shavings (not sawdust) this fall or winter. Cavity-nesting ducks do not carry nesting materials and won’t choose an empty box. Boxes are often not used the first year, but a duck may check it out for use the next year, so make sure it passes inspection! (Photo at left is the interior of the nesting box at the Maple Glen recreation area, taken by Jennnifer Lamoureux.)
At left is a link to the drone video taken by Rob Dyke in 2016. Go to our Facebook page for great photos taken by Jason Balll from his pontoon boat. (We have recently changed our Facebook settings so you can access the page even if you are not a Facebook member.)
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.
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).
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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!
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.
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.
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.
Tay Valley residents can access the HHWD in Middleville, 4686 Wolf Grove Road, from the Victoria Day Weekend until the Thanksgiving Day Weekend. 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. from May 20, 2017 until September 2, 2017, and is available to certain municipalities within Lanark County.
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).