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Protecting Your Lake
Bitter, Burdock, Coleman, Little Redstone, Pelaw & Redstone


Protecting Your Lake
Bitter, Burdock, Coleman, Little Redstone, Pelaw & Redstone

Healthy Shorelines & Water Quality


Healthy Shorelines and Best Practices

Naturalizing Coleman Lake

On August 10th and 11th, the residents of Coleman Lake participated in a weekend-long event on naturalizing their shorelines and their properties, sponsored by the RLCA. Julia Sutton, of Sweet Fern Consulting, was our guide for the weekend.

Julia first did a row-boat tour of the lake, to get an overview of the health of our shoreline. Which, due to several factors (no gas motor boats one of them) is in pretty good shape, though she did note some problem areas, mostly with the presence of some invasive non-native species.

On Saturday afternoon we held our annual meeting for residents of the area, where Julia gave us her assessment of the lake, followed by a very detailed and helpful discussion on the whys and how’s of naturalizing. Most important, she emphasized, was the fact that successful waste treatment consists of two parts: a working septic system (something the township is in the process of checking and enforcing already), and a naturalized shoreline. The latter acts as a buffer to capture and utilize the nutrients that even a good septic system will introduce into the soil, thus ensuring they don’t make it into a lake where they would foster algae growth. She encouraged us to develop a new garden aesthetic, and learn to appreciate the messy garden, instead of the cultivated beds of more urban settings.

In the second part of her talk, she introduced us to a wide variety of native plants that we might consider for our properties, covering not only shorelines but meadows, forest edges, and woodlands.  All of the plants she discussed were available from Grow Wild!, one of her preferred suppliers.

John Smith, our councilor, spoke to us after Julia finished, adding his and the township’s strong endorsement of our efforts.

Over the course of the weekend Julia was able to visit 7 properties on or around the lake and give assessments and suggestions about where people could introduce more native species. Her approach was always an incremental one – ‘start small, or you’ll never start at all’ was the message. She offered suggestions for property-specific problems:

  • weak shorelines
  • barren areas with erosion problems
  • grassy areas requiring upkeep and possibly chemicals to maintain
  • invasive species to be controlled, or eradicated and replaced

By the end of the weekend a number of residents had filled out order forms for plants, and in September we took delivery of over 200 plants, all of them arriving in great shape. Julia returned to help with planting or planting advice. We look forward to touring the results next summer.

If you’d like to consider hosting a similar event for your lake (or your nearby neighbors), the RLCA will be happy to help you with the planning. You can start by sending a note to

24 October 2019

Wade In, Haliburton County

The County of Haliburton has a NEW online engagement platform. The new platform includes tools, resources, surveys and more. Register to Wade In! Share your ideas, stories and insights on County of Haliburton projects and initiatives.

23 October 2019

Online resources for natural shorelines

These resources are, for the most part, based in and around Haliburton, so address climate and soil issues specific to our region. This list is by no means exhaustive – if you know of something that you think should be added, please let us know.

13 March 2019

What to know What to plant Where...

Shoreline Plant Search 

Shoreline Vegetation - Expert Recommendations

The Coalition of Haliburton Property Owners Associations (CHA) working with Julia Sutton and their technology partner (TechnicalitiesPlus) have created a web page that will present you with a selection of "Native" trees, scrubs, grasses, wildflowers and ferns for your property.  The tool has options to specify your soil, sunlight, moisture, and location. 

Abbey Gardens is gearing up to source all of the plants and trees - contact them for availability.  Anyways, great tool to maintain or bring your shoreline back to life and greatly enhance your shoreline for all your aquatic friends.

5 September 2018

Shoreline Renaturalization Suppliers


These organizations have met the requirements to be recognized by The Coalition of Haliburton Property Owners Associations as Lake Protectors Service Providers for 2016.

21 March 2018


Water Quality

Septic Inspection Contractors

Official List from Dysart Check here for the latest qualified/Authorised inspectors

4 October 2019

Septic Know How—It’s All About the Water

Maintaining the Effectiveness of Your Septic System

The quality of the water in the Redstone lakes (Includes Bitter Lake, Burdock Lake, Coleman Lake, Pelaw Lake, Little Redstone and Redstone Lakes) remains a concern to many property owners. Often individual property owners are left wondering what they can do to help improve, or at least maintain, the quality of our lake water going forward. The two most important steps property owners can take are ensuring their shore line is as natural as possible and that their septic system is operating as effectively as possible.

4 October 2019

Septic Health


Septic Systems are the single largest polluter of our lakes.  All systems pollute, but the more efficiently your septic system operates, the less pollution goes into the environment.

Please visit CHA's Septic Health for a comprehensive overview on septics and their efficient operation and maintenance.

12 November 2016

Septics - The Poop on Poop

Septic Systems - Operating and Maintaining

A septic system is a very effective way to safely recycle household black and grey waste water back into our natural environment. A soil treatment bed will remove all pathogens and most of the nutrients contained in the waste water if it is properly designed, installed, operated and maintained.

1 January 2016


Current weather in Haliburton

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Redstone Lake Water Level

Lake Levels

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.

RLCA strives to make this information helpful and accurate. No representation or warranty of any kind is made regarding the information provided. As such we disclaim all liability of any kind whatsoever arising out of your use of, or inability to use, this information. Source: Trent-Severn Waterway National Historic Site


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