Vol 3 - Lake Weslemkoon Conservation Association newsletter
News from your LWCA Directors
Custodial Checks (Mike Watson)
The Fall 2022 went better than I expected being my first time taking the reins of the endeavour. Some days were nice and enjoyable and some were down right wet, cold and snowy with massive waves on the big lake. The south end channel froze up by Dec 7th and held up through the thaws that continued into January of 2023.
I was genuinely surprised and impressed with the condition and upkeep of the cottages with the extreme weather recently. Some properties were hit hard with the Derecho back in May and the work and effort to return the cottages to operational is commendable. It was a truly privilege to take in so many different perspectives on the this beautiful lake and admire the incredible hard work being accomplished.
Here's hoping for minimal damage on the Spring 2023 Checks with the very high winds that continued well through all of December.
I can't help but to ask to please have your cottage # clearly displayed from the water. I'm not getting any younger!
Junior Loons Volunteers Needed!
Bonus: you get to meet great kids!
Teenager Bonus: work some of your volunteer hours at the lake doing fun things!
Ontario Fishing Regulations Summary
The 2023 Ontario Fishing Regulations Summary is now available for download from the provincial website: https://www.ontario.ca/document/ontario-fishing-regulations-summary.
This is the annual guide to the rules and regulations for recreational fishing in Ontario. It contains information about recreational fishing licences, open seasons and catch limits, and up-to-date fishing regulations for each fishing zone.
Note: This regulation was effective as of January 1st, 2023.
Municipal: dump hours & recycling reminders
The waste site hours have not changed. They are the same for both Hartsmere Rd and Weslemkoon Lake Rd
Summer Hours Effective Apr 1 – Sept 30
Sat 8-12 Sun 1:30-6 Wed 8-3
May 1-Sept 30 — Holiday Monday: 12-6
- Victoria Day (Monday May 22) both sites open 12-6
- Canada Day (Saturday July 1) both sites closed
- Civic Holiday (Monday August 7) both sites open 12-6
- Labour Day (Monday September 4) both sites open 12-6
- National Truth & Reconciliation Day (Saturday September 30) both sites Closed
Winter Hours Effective Oct 1 – Mar 31
Recycling - deposit at the lake's sites:
There are many items that can be taken to the lake's dump sites. Please note that any food containers must be free of residue. Paint cans that have less than 1/4" of dried paint in the bottom can be recycled. No motor oil jugs please, and no vegetable / olive oil containers unless they are perfectly clean. Check Schedule C of the Waste Disposal Bylaw for even more interesting details! Thank you for recycling.
Hazardous Waste - take to transfer station:
Plan to take any hazardous materials such as batteries, paints / stains, medications, and thermometers to the transfer station in Cloyne or to a hazardous waste site near your home. Check Schedule E of the Waste Disposal Bylaw to find out exactly what can be taken to the Hazardous Waste site.
There are Terracycle bins at Weslemkoon Marina where you can deposit used Razor Blades as well as other shaving packaging waste and Oral Health Waste (toothpaste tubes, toothbrushes, floss containers, single use plastic dental picks). There is also a bin for lead fishing weights.
FOCA is the best resource for all the current cottaging issues. We recommend that you check the website frequently, login and sign up for Elerts (info below).
Being a Member of FOCA
Did you know that as a member of the LWCA you are also a member of FOCA? The LWCA pays an annual fee $125.00 plus $4.00/member.
FOCA Member Benefits
There are many benefits to being a member of FOCA. Check out this one page overview to learn more.
As part of FOCA membership, you can receive regular newsletters from them. They are called “elerts”. You can sign up for them yourself, but soon the LWCA will also be able to pass on member emails so that all members automatically get on the elert list. To do this we will need the consent of the membership. We'll discuss this at the 2023 AGM.
Podcast Pick: Short Term Rentals
Click here: Regulating the short-term rental industry and press the play button.
Save the Date! (Location and times TBD)
Saturday July 8th - Docktails Meet & Greet for new members
Saturday August 5th - AGM
Sunday August 6th - Maker's Market