NEW ELECTRICAL PRICING IN EFFECT
On March 24, the government changed the 24 hour rate for electricity in Ontario to 10.1 cents /kwh for Covid-19 eliminating TOU rates. That rate expired on May 31. The new 24 hour rate for the next 5 months (to Oct 31) will be 12.8 cents/kwh. Note that TOU (time of use) rates have not returned.
TRENT-SEVERN WATERWAY OPENS
As posted yesterday on the Parks Canada site, The Trent-Severn Waterway will open June 1st with limited hours. See the screen shot from their web site below.
LAKE EVENTS STATUS, UPDATE
I have been monitoring lake activities for this year. I think the best place to put all if this information is on the calendar. Activities in June will be updated in the next day or so. July and August will be updated as information becomes available. The only thing that is scheduled in the near future is the The Kawartha Paddle Quest on June 20th. Please follow this link to the calendar page for more activities information. Here is the link. Calendar
LAKE WATER LEVELS
You normally expect higher water levels at this time of year. A check of the Parks Canada web site shows that the lake is currently down to approximately 234.148 m. The normal summer level is about 234.43 m The difference is .282 m or about 11 inches. You can view the graph/table here lake water level
LAKE EVENTS STATUS
With the current shutdown of the province due to the pandemic, the question is “what lake activities will go ahead this summer?” The two major lake associations both say that most events are cancelled or not scheduled. For example the USLA have stated the AGM and Canada Day fireworks are cancelled. The ASLC have taken a wait and see approach and no programs or events have been set or cancelled. The KPCA have cancelled the regatta and corn roast. As to the non association events that happen on the lake, I will monitor and post updated information as best as I can.
COVID-19 PANDEMIC UPDATE
Parks Canada have announced as of yesterday that “All Parks Canada facilities are temporarily closed, all visitor services and all motor vehicle access by visitors are suspended until further notice.” This includes the Trent Severn Waterway. They have said this is in effect until at least May 31.
Premier Ford has extended the state of emergency to May 12th. As everything is in flux, I will try my best to post the latest information on changes to planned events at the lake.
As of this date, all marinas on the lake are closed as per Ontario government order for recreation facilities. This will be reviewed on April 18 and I will post further information after that.
BURLEIGH FALLS DAM
Parks Canada has responded to my question re repair of the Burleigh Falls dam. After the failed tender process from last year for repair of the dam, they have decided to “fully replace the dam”. The tender for this work will go out over the next few weeks. If the tender process is successful then there would be a summer start to work on the dam. I will post more details as they become available.
OPEN WATER ON THE LAKE
Courtesy of John’s web cam I see that there is open water on the lake as of the 14th. I have included a picture from the afternoon of the 13th and the picture from the 14th. Can spring be far behind?
TRENT UNIVERSITY SETS UP AN AQUATIC RESEARCH PROGRAM FOR LOCAL LAKES
Ralph Ingleton has informed me of the set up of the Trent Aquatic Research Program at Trent University. This program is for local lakes . Ralph and others will be hosting a lecture on TARP on March 12 at Trent. It will be for students and the public. Please watch this space for more information on this initiative.
The lecture will be held at
NEW HYDRO RATES HAVE ARRIVED
As noted back on July 19, 2019, new hydro rates have arrived. In opening my bill today I see the difference in the rates from October to November. I have taken a screen shot of my current bill with rates so you can see the difference. The rate difference is approximately 50%. That is a 50% increase in all 3 TOU categories. This will really kick in once the cottage season starts later this year. In comparing hydro rates at my home in Bowmanville, I see the cottage rates and city rates are now the same. There is also a note at the bottom of page 2 of the bill and it says this.
IMPORTANT NOTICE: The Ontario Energy Board has changed Time-of-Use electricity prices to: 20.8 cents per kWh for on-peak, 14.4 cents per kWh for mid-peak and 10.1 cents per kWh for off-peak, effective Nov 1, 2019. To learn more, visit www.oeb.ca
THE LAKER’S LINK PUBLICATION GOES DIGITAL
You may have picked up a copy of the Laker’s Link publication around the lake. It is now on the web but it will still be available in printed form. It has a new editor. Shawna Summerville who takes over from Shelagh Landsmann. Here is a link to their new web site and I will also add a link under the main header called LINKS. I invite you to drop by often to see what is new. Here is the link
WINTER COMES EARLY TO THE LAKE
With the early cold weather this past week in Ontario, I thought that I would post a picture of the ice that has formed at the shore. This must be a very early ice compared to other years. The circles are in the shore ice. (picture from John’s web cam)
TOWNSHIP OF DOURO-DUMMER SEWAGE RE-INSPECTION PROGRAM
Douro-Dummer is having a meeting regarding the sewage re-inspection program. It will be held on Thursday, November 21 st , 2019 at 5:00 p.m. It will be held at Council Chambers (lower level 894 South St, Warsaw).
The purpose of the meeting is to receive input on the Township of Douro-Dummer’s sewage re-inspection program.
You can view the poster here.
STARRY STONEWORT HOT LINE AND POSTER
The Environment Council has launched a Starry Stonewort “hotline”. If you think you have it in your bay or on your shoreline, contact the SSW committee at firstname.lastname@example.org. One of our resident experts will come our and confirm whether it is or isn’t SSW. Here is the poster.
REHABILITATION OF THE BURLEIGH FALLS DAM POSTPONED
I had indicated in an earlier post that the Burleigh Falls Dam was to undergo rehabilitation starting this summer. No work has been done to the dam so I asked what was the issue. I have received a communication from Parks Canada indicating the rehabilitation is on hold. The reason is, the tender process was unsuccessful. Further options are being explored at this time.
STARRY STONEWORT, AN AGGRESSIVE INVADING SPECIES
This aggressive invasive species now established in three areas of Ston(e)y Lake: in the Lost Channel behind Fairy Lake Island – a paddlers’ paradise now almost completely filled in with SSW – Gilchrist Bay and Wildfire Golf Club. This is an alarming development and one that will require a whole-lake action and education plan to contain the spread. Eradication at this time is not possible. Signs have been posted in the Lost Channel discouraging people from passing through. (SSW spreads rapidly through fragmentation.) All of the lake associations are aware of the issue and will be involved in developing a plan to contain this dangerous macro algae.
For more information please follow this link to the Environment Council web page. I suggest you read the article Starry Stonewort: A Primer on the EC web page.
RESIDENTIAL SEASONAL ELECTRICAL RATES ARE LEAVING
A few years ago, there was a proposal to eliminate the residential-seasonal electrical rate. That is now happening as of July 1, 2019. If you are one of the approximately 84,000 residential-seasonal users, ( most summer cottagers are in this group) who use hydro 5-6 months of the year, this may affect you. Low consumption seasonal customers will see a 177% increase in their monthly bill if they move to the R2 class with an all-fixed rate. The break seems to be about 150KWh/month.
For more, in depth information, on this rate change, please follow this link to the FOCA web site.
DR. ALLEN BATES REQUESTS ASSISTANCE
From time to time, I receive requests for information on parts of the history of the lake. I try to help but sometimes a wider scope is needed to help find the requested information. Perhaps you can help. Please read the email I have received from Dr. Allen Bates in regards to finding the place where he spent many boyhood summers. If you have any information that might help Dr. Bates, please contact him directly at his email address at the bottom. Here is the email.
I hope you can help me locate the place where I spent so many happy boyhood summers at my grandfather’s half-log two-story summer home. His name was Dr. Varney Barnes, and his place was an easy canoe paddle east of McCracken’s Landing for supplies, especially oil for the lamps. Later, my uncle Dr. Richard Barnes, had a substantial log cabin built next to the older house. I’m hoping that his son, Dan Barnes, might now own that property and that you can help me contact him. The map shows a Barnes Ave in what I remember as either the woods or in the pasture farther inland of the proper
If Dan does not own the property, I’d love to have permission from the current owner to at least set foot on it, possibly to see what is left of the old structures, which might even include the ice house where a small boy (me) could enter and dig for a refreshing chunk of ice on a hot summer day.
My wife and I will be vacationing from July 24 to August 1 at Stony Lake, primarily at Pine Vista.
Thank you very very much for any help you can give me.
(Dr.) Allan Bates
(My mother, Ruth Barnes Bates, was Varney’s daughter. Varney’s sister was an Ober; they had a place on a fine little bay to the east of my grandfather’s)
By the way, Richard Barnes’ brother-in -law was Joe Gilchrist. I don’t know if his name has any connection to Gilchrist Bay
You can contact Dr. Bates at email@example.com
QUARRY BAY BEACH INFORMATION UPDATED
I have updated the 2019 swim lessons information and the water quality test results.
SPRING UPDATES COMPLETED
The last of the spring updates have been completed. All information is current for ‘The Church on The rock, calendar entries and newspaper delivery. The lake calendar is now a separate topic in the home page banner for easier access. ‘News around the lake’ is now in the pull down “Around the Lake” for more visibility. As always, please contact me with lake questions, updates or new items. Contact information is available in the page banner.
Have a great summer….Paul
RULES FOR DRONE USE IN CANADA UPDATED JUNE 1st
It is not uncommon to see drones at the lake so I am posting some of the highlights of this new legislation.
Drone operators in Canada now have a new set of rules. Some of the highlights are
- Drones are aircraft—which makes you a pilot.
- If you are flying a drone that is less than 250 grams (8.82 oz), you do not need to register the drone or get a drone pilot certificate.
- Drone pilots must follow the rules in the Canadian Aviation Regulations (CARs). Part IX – Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems
- Drone pilots must carry a valid drone pilot certificate and only fly drones that are marked and registered.
- Get a drone pilot certificate
- Register your drone
For more information please follow this link to the Transport Canada website
Have you seen this dock?
STON(E)Y LAKE WATER LEVELS, UPDATE
According to the information from the Parks Canada web site today, the lake level is very close to the average level. The difference is .034m or 1.3in. This is great news just before the long weekend.
STON(E)Y LAKE WATER LEVELS, UPDATE
According to the information from the Parks Canada web site, yesterday the lake level had dropped to approximately 13in (.3m) above summer level.
STON(E)Y LAKE WATER LEVELS
With the abundance of recent rain in Ontario ( and other places), water level at the cottage is a concern. Please see below for a link to Parks Canada water level graph and chart. The chart is easier to read.
Click on the map and zoom in using the +- in the lower right corner. Use the mouse to move the map around. Click on the blue drop for Stony Lake. Click on ‘level gauge’. The average for the summer is 234.42.
On the gauge page you can see the daily level. Today it is 234.87. That is .45m above the average or 17.5 inches.
Here is the link.
ICE MELT PATTERN THIS SPRING
Have a look at these 2 ice melt patterns for the lake from the Sentinel2Look satellite. These shots were taken March 23 and April 4, 2019. As you can see the flow from Burleigh Falls takes a similar path as the Trent Severn Waterway but expands on either side . Dark blue is open water.
KAWARTHA PADDLE QUEST (June 22, 2019)
This is the 2nd annual 50 KM race from Stoney Lake to Peterborough. We are in need of a safety boat and driver from 8:30 AM until the race exits Clear Lake. We will gladly pay for this person to cruise the lake and watch for any paddlers in trouble. Will pay for time, boat and gas. Please contact Heather and Mike Casey at Kawarthapaddlequest.com.
BURLEIGH FALLS DAM REHABILITATION TO START THIS SPRING
I have received from Parks Canada, notice of the commencement of rehabilitation of the Burleigh Falls Dam. Lock #28 parking lot will be used as a staging area for construction and may commence as soon as May. There will be limited parking at the Burleigh Falls Lock parking area but the ramp into Lovesick Lake will remain open. Actual construction will start mid summer after fish spawning has finished.
The Burleigh Falls Dam was constructed in 1912. Engineering assessments over the last two years have demonstrated that the dam is in need of rehabilitation. Work will include concrete repairs on the piers and deck, as well as improvements to the stability of the dam and its extensive southern retaining wall, through the addition of concrete mass and anchors. The dam’s hydraulic capacity will be optimized, and new guardrails, safety booms, and increased signage will enhance public safety. The lifespan of the dam will be extended by approximately 30 years.
PROPOSAL TO ESTABLISH A HUNTING SEASON FOR DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANTS IN ONTARIO
Rob Welsh has alerted me to an article on the proposed hunting season for double-crested cormorants here. Please follow the link as the closing date for submitting your input to this proposal is Jan 3, 2019.
CANOES ARE NOW CONSIDERED ‘VESSELS’
A ruling by an Ontario Judge in November has declared a canoe a vessel. This means that if you are paddling a canoe and you are over the legal limit for alcohol (80 grams per 100 millilitres, same as an automobile) you can be charged with impaired driving. This is something to think about the next time you take out the canoe.
MUNICIPAL ELECTION RESULTS BY TOWNSHIP
Please follow this LINK for all Peterborough County Municipal Election Results
FALL ELECTION CANDIDATE RESEARCH COMPLETED
The research of the candidates for the fall elections have been completed for North Kawartha, Douro-Dummer and Selwyn. The folks over at the Environment Council have posted the results of the research on their web site. Please follow this LINK and scroll down to ‘Municipal Elections 2018’ to view the results for your township.
FALL ELECTION CANDIDATE INTERVIEWS
The results of the candidate interviews should be here next week. You should have received your voting information by now which includes your PIN number. Voting starts Oct 9 and closes Oct 22. Come back mid week and see the results of the candidate interviews ( for the townships that participated).
FISHING TOURNAMENT NEXT WEEKEND
A reminder that the Stoney Lake Combo Fishing Tournament is next weekend. It will run out of Carveth’s Marina. The Stoney Lake Combo is a fundraising event organized & run by The Douro-Dummer Volunteer Firefighter’s Association. Click here for more information.
AREA HEALTH SERVICES UPDATE
The Morton Community Healthcare Centre has opened (2018,9,11) a clinic witch will provide acute and episodic care to patients with non life threatening situations. Please click here for more information.
MUNICIPAL ELECTIONS, 2018
Municipal elections are Monday, October 22nd. Please follow this link or go to the Municipal Elections link in the title bar. Note, the page is incomplete. It will be updated as more information becomes available.
AREA HEALTH SERVICES
In response to recent concerns re health services available in the area for lake residents, I have prepared information regarding the health services in the area. Please click (here) to visit the page.
VINTAGE WW2 AIRPLANES OVER STON(E)Y LAKE
If you thought you were seeing things in the air, over the lake, over the past week , you were right. The Peterborough Airport was hosting Air Legends. Both the United States Air Force B29 Superfortress Bomber and the B25 Bomber did fly over the lake.
MEDICAL SERVICES FOR LAKE RESIDENTS
In recent discussion on the Stony Lake facebook page, there is interest as to what and where medical services are available for lake residents. I will prepare a page with relevant information re medical services in the area. I should have that ready by the long weekend. Further to that, I will also prepare a page with emergency services available by township. That will take a little longer. I will post here when they ready.
FIRE BAN LIFTED IN 3 OF 4 TOWNSHIPS
As of July 26th, all townships have lifted the fire ban except Selwyn. Please (click here) to see the township sites for their fire regulations.
Total Fire Ban in Effect
With the continuing hot, dry weather this summer, the 4 townships covering various parts of the lake have declared
a TOTAL FIRE BAN (including fireworks) until further notice.
Summer is Here
Please consult the calendar on this web site for events of interest to the lake residents.
The Jeffrey-Cowan Forest Preserve, Protected by the Kawartha Land Trust
Please join us on July 21st to celebrate our newly protected Jeffrey-Cowan Forest Preserve. Take in the views, hike amongst ancient trees and witness the beautiful wilderness growing in “The Land Between”. For over half a century, this special piece of Stony Lake was carefully loved by Norman Cowan and the Jeffreys family. For more information on the Kawartha Land Trust, please see ‘Environment’ under ‘Around the Lake’
Ayotte’s Point Woods, Protected by the Kawartha Land Trust
Jane and Peter Darling and family have generously donated their 77 acre property located just north of Young’s Point, Ontario on the west side of Clear Lake to ensure it remains a protected land in the Clear Lake corridor. For more information on the Kawartha Land Trust, please see ‘Environment’ under ‘Around the Lake’
Spring Updates Will Be Completed Today
All available updates for Ston(e)y Lake will be completed today. Please view the lake calendar (under ‘Around The Lake 2’) and the ‘Events Around The Lake’ located at the bottom of the home page.
End Of An Era
The former Irwin Inn (air b&b) to be demolished. Many lake residents and visitors have fond memories of the Inn over the years. It is possible that the land will be divided into lots for private development.
Manager Required for the USLA Pavilion
The Upper Stoney Lake Association is looking for a manager for the USLA Pavilion at Crowe’s Landing for the 2018 season.
Interested persons may contact Elizabeth Hyde at,
Douro-Dummer Clear Garbage Bag Program
Starting January 2, 2018, Douro-Dummer is implementing a clear garbage bag program for transfer station acceptance and curb pick-up.
Garbage bags may not contain any recyclable, compostable, or hazardous materials. These materials must instead be directed toward the appropriate
recycling, composting, or hazardous material program. One (1) privacy bag is allowed in each clear bag to conceal items that residents wish to keep
for more information please follow this link
Work on Burleigh Fall’s Dam Postponed
In a recent letter to me from Darryl Whitehead, External Relations Manager, Parks Canada, he indicated that due to a larger than expected
cost estimate for replacement of the structure, the engineers have been asked to return to the options analysis phase. This is in order to
explore what options might be available to safely extend the life of the existing structure. The options analysis will extend through
much of this year and so we are now looking to 2019 and maybe 2020 as the best estimate for construction. When construction does
start, it may be extending the life of the existing structure or replacement.
Application has been submitted for 30 Unit Condominium At Pilgrim’s Rest (Hulls Bay)
The County of Peterborough and The Township of North Kawartha have received an application for a proposed 30 unit condominium development
at Pilgrim’s Rest (Hulls Bay), Ston(e)y Lake. The subject lands are composed of two separate parcels. The first is referenced as the
“Mainland Property” where Pilgrim’s Rest Camp-ground is located. The second parcel is referenced as the “Island Property”. The application
requests a Zoning By-Law Amendment and a Official Plan Amendment. for further information re this application please follow this link.
New Lake Web Cam Up And Running For The Winter
This winter we have a new web cam on the lake. It is courtesy of The Burleigh Falls Inn. Please enjoy over the winter and check out
our summer cams starting in late May of 2018. For more information about the web cam project please go here.
Here is a picture from 2017/12/16
Net Neutrality Repealed In The United States and What It Means to a Canadian Internet User
Net neutrality was repealed in the United States on 2017/12/15. Our web hosting site, Web Hosting Canada, has a plain, easy to understand, explanation of net neutrality and I wanted to share it with you.
A possible issue may be the speed some sites load if you are in the US and asking for a Canadian site (such as this one). If you are asking for a Canadian site hosted in the United States, it may load more slowly than you have experienced in the past. For a better understanding please follow the link below.
Hawkstone Manor Sold
Ronnie Hawkins estate on Ston(e)y Lake has been for sale and has now been sold. The property has been sold to a private family who have no intention of developing the property. The following link to the Peterborough Examiner article has more information. This is great news for the lake community. Hawkstone Manor Sold
Burleigh Falls Dam To Be Replaced
The Burleigh Falls Dam at Lock 28, originally built in 1912, will be replaced with a new dam with mechanized gates.
Additionally, operator and public safety features will be added to the site.
Please download the pdf file below for more information.
OMB decision on the planned development of the Fraser Property on Ston(e)y Lake
According to the web site https://friendsoffraserwetlands.com/ the OMB has denied the developer’s application and appeals for development of the former Fraser land at
Burleigh Falls. This news was apparently delivered October 6, 2017. Please follow the hot link in the previous sentence to read the full text from the Friends of the Fraser Wetlands web site.
This victory for the lake.
Lovesick Lake Camp Ground Expansion Plans
- The Lovesick Lake Trailer Park purchased the former Strickers Resort property in December Of 2016. This property currently has 44 permanent RV sites as well as eleven cottages. Ten of these cottages have been torn down and replaced with RV site cottages
- The 294 ( 300 ) RV expansion site was submitted to Peterborough County and a Selwyn Township Planning Departments last August in 2016 as an ‘ Complete Application.” It appears to be on hold as many adjustments to the plan need to be made before it can go ahead. it was a formal application to these two planning departments. and so would now in 2017 – not be considered a new application. Gerry Herron, Selwyn councillor , indicated to two Lovesick Lake Association committee members that the proponents intend to develop this large expansion over 15 years, once they comply with the Planning Departments demands.
- the 2017 proposal of approx 33 rv sites on top of the escarpment (this proposal is just on their website map) (#s 345 to 378)
you can view the big picture here