Resort Designation.

 

Muskoka District Official Plan:

 Resort Designation.

Make your voice heard.

1) Attend the second public meeting to be held as part of the Muskoka Official Plan Review project on Thursday, November 23 at 9am at the District office in Bracebridge.

The District welcomes all stakeholders to attend the meeting and requests that you RSVP to pedinfo@muskoka.on.ca should you plan on attending so that they can ensure that space is available to accommodate everyone.  If you are unable to attend the public meeting in person, it will be webcast to allow the proceedings to be followed online – www.muskoka/webcasts.  Alternatively, you may submit written comments to the District of Muskoka or fill out an online comment form.

2) Sign the petition to Save Muskoka < https://www.change.org/p/save-muskoka-lakes-from-overdevelo…>
3) Write your Muskoka Council and make your concerns known. < http://www.muskokalakes.ca/node/33>
4) Spread the word. Talk to your friends and neighbors, repost on Facebook, visit savemuskoka.ca

Make your voice heard.

Sailors Take Warning

Boating

We are constantly looking  for ways to improve enjoyment on Brandy Lake by getting  common sense boat operator decisions out there.   New signs at the boat launch are easily visible for others as well.

Also….many of us have switched to four-stroke engines and some to the new two-stroke models that are incredibly efficient with exhaust emissions.    All steps in the right direction..

Many thanks to the following for help and providing the signs and installs.

Safe Quiet Lakes headed up by our own Jane Evans is one of the few entities that is actually doing something.

Township of Muskoka Lakes

MLA ..sign supplied by Lisa  Noonan

Boat Launch Safe Quiet

 

 

 

 

Boat Launch MinistryBoat Launch MLA

Invading Species Brandy Lake

Let me be clear we are not fish scientists …we are simply trying to make owners aware of invading species.    We are concerned about the  invading species shown in the picture below …in this new world of change.   You can contact Invading species hotline HERE  if you happen to spot one of them

Please dump your PWC, I/O or outboard bilge on dry land before launching into Brandy Lake.

We have had communications with Ministry of Natural Resources Fisheries  Tom Brooke, M.Sc. Fisheries Biologist and more.   With help from the MLA Lisa Noonan…. Emily C Johnston of the Invasive Species Outreach Liaison  The Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters has provided the SIGN below that we will post at the boat launch and some stickers to help spread awareness.

 On a less aggressive note:

Several decades ago we could easily catch numerous amounts of pickerel, sunfish, rock bass and large mouth bass in Brandy Lake.  It was the norm  to catch a bucket full off most any dock and release.    I’d say maybe 2 to 3 decades ago we first noticed the Pike invasion.   The general fish population has  decreased maybe due to the dominate Pike.    Not being a scientest…..this is just a guess

Let me be clear we are not fish scientists …we are simply trying to make owners aware of invading species.    We are concerned about the  invading species shown in the picture below …in this new world of change.   You can contact Invading species hotline HERE  if you happen to spot one of them

Please dump your PWC, I/O or outboard bilge on dry land before launching into Brandy Lake.

We have had communications with Ministry of Natural Resorces Fisheries  Tom Brooke, M.Sc. Fisheries Biologist and more.   With help from the MLA Lisa Noonan…. Emily C Johnston of the Invasive Species Outreach Liaison  The Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters has provided the SIGN below that we will post at the boat launch and some stickers to help spread awareness.

 On a less aggressive note:

Several decades ago we could easily catch numerous amounts of pickerel, sunfish, rock bass and large mouth bass in Brandy Lake.  It was the norm  to catch a bucket full off most any dock and release.    I’d say maybe 2 to 3 decades ago we first noticed the Pike invasion.   The general fish population has  decreased maybe due to the dominate Pike.    Not being a scientest…..this is just an assumption.

The dominant  predator Pike are not an invasive species but have probably been introduced to the lake by bait release and have changed the dymanics of our fish population..as an observation..not scientific proof.  

Brandy Lake Invasive

Brandy Lake STOP

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rollin…rollin..rollin on the river

keep on burnin..down the Brandy Lake Creek..

Yes,,,, it can still be done..for an adventure tour..Like his father did and many others before…Ian and Anita canoed to Lake Muskoka from Brandy Lake..when they popped out on Muskoka..a near-by resident..said “hey…where did you come from”? A good Laugh

They spotted an abundance of life from huge sunning turtles..fish..and a multitude of bird types and more.

Ian is an excellent athlete and would not recommend the trip unless you had proven good health and strength.  The rapids are the tricky part (Ian has white water survival training..) you need to be in good shape to get back..this is a warning..  Portaging the dam was tricky..

I have to say all this extra safety stuff these days..so some unaware inexperienced person won’t attempt the trip….DON”T ….you could die!!

Brandy Lake Creek

Ice 2015

We decided to check the ice depth today March 19, 2015 using a couple shovels, chain saw and an axe .

Unfortunately we should have moved further out as we actually cut to the lake bottom in my bay.   The first layer was about 13 cm..followed by about 8 cm of water and then another 45 cm. of ice

The ice was sitting on the bottom dirt so we suspect it is thicker yet further out.   Be aware..this is only in my bay..conditions could be different around the lake.

We didn’t take any pictures but here are a few old ones of ice being harvested on Brandy Lake

Brandy Lake Ice Rest Brandy Lake Ice harvest