Otty Lake is located in Lanark County, Eastern Ontario.  The OLA is committed to the long term health and enjoyment of our lakes and the watershed.

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State of the Lake Report 2023

Our 10th annual State of the Lake Report has been posted.  The report is a snapshot of lake conditions, including sections on water quality, the fishery, invasive species, shoreline planting, naturalist observations,  shoreline planting and loon survey projects. Thanks to our contributors and proofreaders for pulling it together.

See 2023 Report

See past State of Lake Reports 

Online Activities Survey

A survey has been sent out to almost 600 addresses requesting input on OLA activities.  The email addresses used are on our mailing list or  membership list; feel free to unsubscribe if your household received duplicates.  We would appreciate your input as it will help the OLA plan for the coming year.  Please respond by November 18.  (If you think you have been missed email us and we will send you a link! ) 

October E-News

The October E-Newsletter has been sent out to our mailing list.  Topics covered include the Flotilla, PaddlePower, shoal markers and a Wolfe Lake program “Get the Lead Out”.  Your contributions to the log are welcome!  Next issue will be February 2024.

Read  October E-News.
Read past newsletters.

Shoal Markers Being Removed

Please note that volunteers are beginning to remove the OLA shoal markers.  They should all be removed by Thanksgiving.  So please be extra cautious when boating this season. Thanks once again to this group of volunteers for helping to keep boaters safe.

New Boat Launch Kiosk

The new kiosk was installed in late August at the Miller Road boat launch by Tay Valley Township.  The new sign, designed by Linda Henderson-Myers, features a historical description, photos, and our new Otty Lake map that indicates shoals and shoal markers.  A ribbon cutting is planned for May 15, 2024.

Reid Kilburn Recognized 

Reid Kilburn chaired our July 9 AGM as Past President, but he is now officially retired from the OLA Board.  Reid was recognized with a beautiful framed photograph of a word cloud in the shape of a loon, created with an app by Jenn Donoghue.  The words describing Reid were contributed by Board members and others who have worked with him.  The OLA has been truly fortunate to have him in the board mix as President (2015-2019) and Past President (2019-2023), and as a key player in additional committees.  He will continue to help with the Land Use Committee and other projects.

Otty Lake Association AGM
Sunday, July 9, 2023 

It was great to see everyone at the Perth Legion today for our Annual General Meeting, the first time the meeting has been in person since 2019.  Thanks to the organizers, everyone who prepared or staffed an info table,  and Otty Lake presenters. Special thanks to our guest presenters from DNE, Tay Valley and RVCA, and some  councillors who also attended.    Presentation slides are below. 

2023 AGM Agenda
2022 OLA AGM Minutes
2022 Income Statement
OLA YTD Actuals – July 6 2023

AGM Presentation
2023 OLA AGM Minutes (draft)

Boating Caution – Fallen Trees

Please be extra cautious when boating this season. There are many trees that were damaged or uprooted during the ice storm. Some trees and large branches have fallen into the lake and wave action has moved them. They are not necessarily visible. The RVCA recommends that if they do not create a hazard or risk, that they be left alone.

Etransfer Your OLA Membership Fees

In order to continue the OLA’s work and education around the lake, we do rely on your membership dues. Please consider  paying your $25 dues by e-transfer to [email protected]  The security question to input is “province we live in”, and the answer is “Ontario”. Please include some identifying details in the message, such as your address, or if you are a couple, both of your names. We have had a few submissions we have struggled to identify!

if you prefer, you can mail a cheque made out to the Otty Lake Association for $25 to Otty Lake Association, Box 20122, Perth, ON K7H 3M6. 

Online Registration Available
for Open Air Burn Permits

A permit is required for all open air burning. Burn permits expire every year on November 30. Please remember to renew or apply for your FREE fire permit for the 2022-2023 year. Complete your permit application online or call 613-267-2596.

Contribute Your Observations to iNaturalist

Discover and track the species that make their home in and around Otty Lake. We invite you to help us create an ongoing catalog of the wildlife for the area. This library will help us gain insight into the distribution and seasonality of the organisms in our region. It will help the scientific community through records of wildlife movements, invasive species, species at risk as well as sharing observations among friends. Visit the website or download the app. 

Updated Lake Map Here

A new map of Otty Lake has been made available to residents and cottagers. This is an update of the 18″ x 24″ map produced in 2010. More islands and bays have been named, shoals indicated, and the 30 m. reduced speed zone marked to encourage safe boating. Maps were made available to paid up members, with additional copies available for $5.00 each.

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Messages From The OLA

Missed an email from the OLA? Here are the last 20 e-blasts sent to members.

Lanark County Fire Bans

No open air burning is permitted in Lanark County from April 1st – May 15th each year (subject to change). This includes campfires and burn barrels.

Otty Lake Shoreline Handbook

The Otty Lake Shoreline Handbook provides practical, environmentally friendly information on erosion, shoreline buffers, water sources, septic systems, docks, lawns, and more. Last updated April 2017.

Info on Septic Systems​

Some things you should know about septic tanks installed near Otty Lake.