On this blustery April 9th, which produced some snow flurries and a brisk wind, the last of the ice broke up on the lake. That means Otter Lake was ice covered for the past 112 days since Dec. 19th, 2019, the “ice in” date when it froze over. The range of ice covered days has varied widely in the last 10 years from a low of 60 days in 2013 to a high of 136 days during the winter through spring periods of 2013/2014 and 2017/2018.
In an effort to help reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus, your OLRA Board has decided to postponed our AGM from May 17th until July 19th, from 9 am to 11:45 am at the Foley Community Centre at 60 Rankin Lake Road.
As this pandemic unfolds, the OLRA Board will be monitoring and endeavouring to abide by the advice of our governments and health experts re: COVID-19 best practices. Unfortunately, this will not be the year to warmly hug your lake neighbours but we hope to be able to have many of you join as usual.
To that end we hope to be able to offer our members the option to attend and vote in person. We will also offer you the option to do both via webinar.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you want the webinar option and we will send you the coordinates.
Enjoy the spring weather and stay healthy!
Ice covered the widest parts of Otter Lake after a low of -19 C overnight on Dec. 19th. With all the warm weather since then it was doubtful that the ice would stay “in”. Many cracks and water formed on top of the ice. However, in it stayed. As of this posting no snowmobiles have been seen on it as yet.
In addition to initializing a Benthos Monitoring program in 2019, OLRA commissioned the GBBR to create this comprehensive Environmental Report.
The purpose of this environmental report prepared by the Georgian Bay Biosphere Reserve (GBBR) for the Otter Lake Ratepayers’ Association (OLRA) is to provide residents and cottagers with one report summarizing water quality and fish community monitoring data for Otter Lake and Little Otter Lake. In addition, the report provides recommendations for further monitoring as well as possible stewardship activities. The report is divided into three sections to reflect this purpose – water quality, fish communities, and recommendations.
To download the full report click this link: https://olra.ca/olra-environment-report_final/
It is great to hear this work is starting.
Seguin Announcement: Please be advised of planned upcoming construction work at the boat launch located on Otter Lake at Otter Lake Marina beginning September 10th, 2019 through until approximately September 27th. The planned work includes the reconstruction of a retaining wall by Seguin’s Public Works department. The boat launch will remain open during this time, but some interruptions and delays are possible. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and thank you in advance for your cooperation and patience.