The lake levels on Otter Lake have been higher than people can remember for decades due to the sudden snow melt and heavy rains. Some docks and boathouses have been or still are underwater on Otter and Little Otter Lake. Otter Lake levels exceeded the target maximum of MNR&F in April which is 207.4 MASL (meters above sea level). As more rain comes on Wed. lake and river levels will rise again which you can monitor on the MNR&F website.
Please be a good boating neighbour and keep wakes low to reduce damage to shore structures during this exceptionally high water time. And watch out for floating debris.
As well, be advised that a state of emergency was called yesterday, April 28th by the District of Muskoka (DOM). The Towns of Bracebridge and Huntsville as well as the Township of Muskoka Lakes have been hard hit with water levels still rising in some places and some road closures.
According to an email received from the Muskoka Lake Association (MLA) today, due to the heavy rain last Friday water levels shot up and are now 10 inches (.25 m) over the 2013 record flood levels. With more rain on the way this week, more flooding is expected. The MLA reports that most docks and boathouses on Lake Muskoka are under 18-24″ of water and on Lake Joseph water is beginning to lap over docks. Docks on Lake Rosseau are under water.
We need a good stretch of sunny dry weather which will hopefully start this weekend.