FOCA is very proud to launch the new Be #WakeAware campaign, together with our partners at the Muskoka Lakes Association and Safe Quiet Lakes.
Boaters need to be #WakeAware to ensure ALL lake or river users are able to enjoy the water safely and sustainably. Any wake near shore can cause issues for loons, docks, shorelines, swimmers and other small craft users.
Large wake users are encouraged to take their fun to the middle of large lakes. Avoid narrow, shallow or near-shore areas, and watch behind you to understand your wake impact.
All small powerboat users can help, too, by always reducing speed to 10 km/hr or less within 30m of shore, and by getting up to plane quickly when transitioning from slow to high speed.
We all have a role to play in being #WakeAware.
Do your part:
Please visit the campaign webpage, share the link and #WakeAware hashtag on your own social networks, websites and community groups, and circulate this message to everyone you know who loves the waterfront in Ontario:
WATCHING YOUR WAKE
Cottagers derive a great deal of enjoyment from a host of boating activities …
Those of us with our pleasure craft licence studied specific rules of the water geared to safe & responsible boating; most of us are familiar with general boat safety & etiquette. We may not be as familiar with the impact of boat wake.
Impact of Boat Wake
The larger the wake, the greater the potential for undesirable side effects Loons, & other birds that nest along the shore, choose locations that are protected from waves generated by the prevailing winds. However, boat wake, which can come from any direction, can & does drown the nests & the young, particularly in May & June.
Inexperienced swimmers & young children are not usually in the water when winddriven waves are high. However, they can be toppled by the size & energy of boat wake.
Boat wake & prop wash can churn up sediments in shallow water which releases dormant nutrients that promote weed growth & algal blooms.
Boat wake can cause erosion.
Boat wake can cause docks & moored boats to rock severely & pull mooring hardware.
It was on a beautiful sunny Sunday afternoon of the Victoria Day Weekend that 24 ladies gathered at Judy Cole’s for coffee, sweets and lots of discussion on common interests and activities we would like to do together.
It was soon clear that all of the ladies are interested in meeting new friends at the lake and in spending some time with each other, engaged in different kinds of social activities. Judy Cole, Donna Luger and Cathy Meades were able to give some insights into the types of activities that the Ladies on Kennisis Lake participate in and how they get things going, as the three of them had attended a meeting of that group last year. But they emphasized that these are just examples of what could be done and that this RLCA group is free to do what it wishes and make its own plans on how to proceed. Laurie Kerr also gave examples of activities that could be initiated.
Haliburton Highlands Land Trust (HHLT) has recently finalized its newest acquisition - 500+ acres - Barnum Creek Nature Reserve. We are now seeking support from our partners, neighbours and members for our fundraising efforts - to continue to manage the property in perpetuity; to ensure the long-term health and diversity of the ecosystems are protected and maintained.
20 June 2018
Current weather in Haliburton
Redstone Lake Water Level
Lake levels are fluctuating. On occasion you may find floating hazards, logs etc.
Additionally as the lake level lowers, rock hazards may or may not be entirely visible. As always caution is advised.