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.

 July Newsletter 

Our July Captain Otty’s Log has been posted and distributed by email. Read about Love Your Lake,  a resident’s experience with the RVCA’s shoreline revitalization program, RVCA wetlands mapping, catch and release fishing tips, and the need for lead free fishing, as well as other updates. See you at the Sunday, July 14 AGM!   

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Shoal Marking

Apologies:  This was to be in Captain Otty’s Log sent July10 but the preamble was linked to another story in error.) 

2024 marks the third season for our shoal marking program. Shoals that have been identified as “high priority” have been marked with Transport Canada-approved yellow shoal markers (known affectionately as “minions”). For 2024, 15 markers have been deployed. A 16th will be deployed between Ruby and Clegg Islands shortly. The volunteer team aims to install the markers in and around the Victoria Day weekend, and remove them in and around Thanksgiving.  A friendly reminder that while efforts have been made to identify the high priority shoals, it is not possible to identify them all, and lake conditions and water levels can and will change.  If anyone has a suggestion for a new high priority shoal marking, please contact the OLA.  

The OLA would like to thank all of the volunteers who have made this program a success, including: Fred Ager, Bob Butterworth, Judith Code, Thomas Geiger, Mike MacPhee, Christine Melville, Don Smith, Peter Sullivan, Kevin Terrion, and Chris Tyler (apologies if any omissions).    

Annual General Meeting
Sun. July 14, Perth Legion

Join us for our AGM!  Enjoy a social hour 12 noon to 1:00 pm.  The meeting starts at 1:00 at the Perth Legion, 26 Beckwith St. E, Perth.  Our guest speaker will be Paige Jessup on the Love Your Lake program happening on our lake this summer.  There will also be updates from Tay Valley and Drummond/North Elmsley Townships.  This is your chance to view and order some Otty Lake clothing (hats, shirts, sweatshirts etc.) Hope to see you there!  Meeting materials below.

Minutes of the 2023 AGM
Proposed Constitutional Amendment

     Income Statement 2023
     2024 Budget and YTD Expenses
AGM Presentation 

Love Your Lake Coming This Summer!

All Otty Lake shoreline properties will be surveyed from the water over the two weeks July 22 to August 2.  In the spring residents will be able to access a confidential report to learn more about their shoreline with an individualized report.  By combining all the data, the OLA will get an overall picture of how shorelines have changed since the 2013 (and 2005) surveys.  Love Your Lake is a program of Watersheds Canada and the Canadian Wildlife Federation. 
See more on our webpage.
See Love Your Lake’s webpage.
Watch a 12 minute presentation by Melissa Dakers on the program.
Love Your Lake Values Survey.

Shoreline Revitalization:

Please note we sold out of all stock within the  first 10 hours of opening up the form on May 1st so we stopped taking orders at
that point. 

Through a partnership between the OLA and the RVCA, discounted flowering shoreline plants were being offered, with orders taken using Google Forms link:, also available on the OLA Facebook page.   

Pickup will be  Saturday June 1 from  10 am – 2 pm at 183 Mile Point Road.  Please note that there is a limit of 5 plants per resident.  for more info:   [email protected]

Volunteers Needed

The Otty Lake Association is in need of Lake Ambassadors. We are looking for volunteers who are outgoing and enjoy talking to their neighbours. As a Lake Ambassador you will reach out to your neighbours with the idea of promoting our wonderful lake and the activities and events that the Otty Lake Association organizes and supports. Normally, this is done once a year, in the spring, as part of our membership drive. Most Lake Ambassadors spend 5 to 10 hours a year on this important activity.

We are particularly in need of volunteers in the areas of: Otty Lake South West Shore Road, Sunset Ridge, McKay Farm Road, Bishops Way, Sunset Drive, Maple Glen, and McLaren Point.

If you are interested in supporting our lake association this might be the volunteer opportunity for you. If you would like to volunteer or learn more, please get in touch through: [email protected].

Watershed Conditions Report

 A new detailed analysis from the Rideau Valley Conservation Authority (RVCA) has found many parts of the Rideau River Watershed are changing fast – and not always with positive results. The RVCA’s 193-page Watershed Conditions Report is the first of its kind in more than 50 years.The analysis found several concerning trends including a continuing steep decline in large woodland patches, increasing chloride levels in our urban streams, and large shifts in surface water flow patterns linked to increased development and loss of wetlands. 

Read news release.

2023 Watershed Conditions Report.

European Frogbit, Kit Muma

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 

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.

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

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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.