Otty Lake Association

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  • PaddlePower 2015
  • Summer
  • Barred Owl by Kyla Haley
  • Kayaks on Still Water
  • Dog on Dock
  • Shannon Hicks

Welcome to the Otty Lake Association Website

Drone View of GroupPaddlePower 2017
Saturday, August 12, 2017

In honour of Canada's 150th anniversary, a red and white theme is being encouraged. The meeting point will be off the end of Baxter Lane and Colin Farm Road. Gather at 10:45, photos at 11:00. All paddle powered watercrafts are welcome! Contact Ian McDonald or Ev Dore.

At left is a link to the drone video taken by Rob Dyke in 2016.


bear at feederBlack Bears around Otty Lake

Bears Bears are frequently seen in the Otty Lake watershed, and can peacefully coexist with residents.   Educate yourself on their behaviour in case you encounter one.  Bears are attracted to food of any kind, so be careful how you deal with garbage, fruit trees, barbeques and bird feeders. Generally, bears want to avoid humans. Most encounters are not aggressive and attacks are rare.  If you have questions or feel a bear has become a nuisance on your property, contact the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry Bear Wise hotline at 1-866-514-2327. 


dockThe Lure of the Lake

Some of the original Otty Lake cottages are mentioned in this newspaper piece by Kay Rogers. It comes from her book 'At Home in Tay Valley,' that celebrates the people, places and events in the history of Tay Valley Township and Lanark County.


winnerFamily BBQ and Games July 22

A fun-filled intergenerational social event! Games galore, a full BBQ lunch for just $3 per person, and an interactdive presentation from a Murphy's Point naturalist/interpreter. Come to Maple Glen Waterside Park, located on Whippoorwhill Dirve, 10:30 to 1:00. (Sorry, no face painting this time!) 

Legacy Cottage Etching Lanark Legacy Cottages Recognized

Thirty Otty Lake families were recognized through the Lanark Legacy Cottage program for having been in their family for at least 50 years. Most of the families were on hand at our July 9th AGM to receive their personalized 8 x 10" plaques. Twenty families in Tay Valley Township and 10 families in Drummond North Elmsley were recocgized. See a list. There is still time to apply if you would like to be included. Apply by August 14, 2017 to Tay Valley, who is adminstering the program on behalf of participating municipalities. This is a commemorative designation only, there are no legal restrictions associated with it.



bee 2018 Calendars Make a Great Gift

Over 100 of the calendars have already sold! The 18 month "Forests: Flora and Fauna" calendar (starts Jan. 2018) features photos from your Otty Lake neighbours and fascinating forest factoids. If you missed getting yours at the AGM , order via email to Gail Read. Price is 1 for $10, 2 for $15, additional copies $7.



pink clouds by Mary BeaudoinJuly Captain Otty's Log

June 17, 2017. Our July newsletter has been posted. Reminders of upcoming activities, household hazard waste collection, water levels and wildlife are some of the topics covered. 

curbside recyclingTVT and Curbside Waste and Recycling

Tay Valley Township is planning for curbside pickup of waste and recycling.  Suggested implementation dates currently range from January 1, 2018 to 4th quarter 2018.  Pressure and concern from residents and lake associations resulted in a public information session on June 24, 2017. Complete an online survey by July 20 to provide input. Tay Valley information and survey link.  

Loon FamilyLoon Observers Needed

May 21, 2017. The Canadian Lakes Loon Survey (through Bird Studies Canada) is about to get underway on Otty Lake! Data will be collected and mapped in order to estimate the number of loon pairs and offspring present on Otty this year. Volunteers are needed—simply record the locations of any loons observed on trips around the lake (on your watercraft of choice!) and send in the observations! To volunteer or to ask any questions you might have, please contact our loon survey coordinator at

A-Frame CottageInformation Packages on the Way

May 21, 2017. Area Counsellors are aiming to visit every resident in their area to deliver a Spring/Summer Information Package, encourage people to begin or renew their membership in the OLA, answer or relay any questions they may have about the lake or lake activities, and say helllo! To see an area map, click here.     We hope you will find the materials useful.

maple seedling pickupMaple Seedlings in their New Homes

Here are just a few of the Otty Lake residents who took home maple seedlings to plant on their properties to celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary. Thanks to Reid and Christine Kilburn for organizing the repotting of the 150 seedlings, looking after them, taking the orders and being the pickup location June 10.



Cottage in WinterHome and Cottage Security

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.


Murray and Secchi Disc

State of the Lake Report 2016

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.


Occupied Nest Box

Wood Duck Nest Box Maintenance

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.)


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


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).

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, 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.


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