Otty Lake Association

  • Cardinal Flowers
  • Christine Kilburn
  • David Reesor
  • Barb Hicks
  • Derek Smith
  • Jennifer Jilks
  • Norm McGillis
  • Charles Mojsej
  • Shannon Hicks

Welcome to the Otty Lake Association Website


Fire Ban Update - Partial Open Air Burn Ban in Effect - May 8, 2018

As of May 8, 2018 there is a partial open air burn ban in effect for Drummond/North Elmsley Township and Tay Valley Township. Residents are permitted to have small campfires and burn in burn barrels supervised at all times. Extreme caution should be taken as there are still areas with long dead grass. Do not burn on windy days. All other open air burning is prohibited until further notice.


bear from gail Bear Wise Presentation - May 11, 2018

Trevor Horvatin, Willdlife Technician, from the OMNRF will familiarize us with bear behaviours May 11 from 2 p.m. - 3 p.m. at St. Paul's United Church, Perth. Contact




Annual General Meeting
SUNDAY, July 8 at the Perth Legion

Everyone is welcome to attend the OLA's our Annual General Meeting Sunday, July 8th at the Perth Legion, 26 Beckwith St E, Perth, ON K7H 1B5. Displays and refreshments at 1:00 p.m, followed by our business meeting and information sessions at 2:00 p.m.


septi savvy snipSeptic Savvy Workshop

Saturday, May 26, 9 - noon at Perth Civitan Hall

Learn why a properly functioning sewage system is integral to a safe drinking water supply and to a healthy lake. Registration at 8:30 a.m. RSVP to Cost is $5, proceeds to Lake Networking Group (LNG),



tickTicks and Lyme Disease:

Know the Bug, Know the Bite, Know What to Do

This presentation by the Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit was given to the Lake Networking Group in mid April 2018.



2018 InfographicSummer Info Packages Coming....

May 9, 2018. Soon the area counsellors will be visiting their neighbours to deliver the summer information packages, let them know what the OLA is up to, and collect membership fees. This year we have included an infographic by OL cottager David Bromley on the State of the Lake to celebrate the OLA's 40th anniversary. To see an area map, click here.   



Can Lyme logo Some Tips and Myths about Lyme Disease

Here are some important tips about Lyme Disease from the Canadian Lyme Disease Foundation, as welll as some common myths. Here's one: Myth: All Lyme victims develop a “bull’s eye” rash. Truth: Although rashes are fairly common, only 30% of Lyme patients report experiencing a rash, and only 9% develop the classic “bull’s eye” rash.


Blandings Turtle CWF Looking for Wetland Property Owners for Turtle Survey

The Canadian Wildlife Federation (CWF) is conducting a survey of Blanding's Turtles this May and June.  They needl eastern Ontario property owners with wetlands on their land who would be willing to let a turtle team conduct a one-day survey on their property of this threatened species.


bear at feeder Bear Contact Numbers

Emergency: Call 911.

If people, pets or livestock are in immediate danger.

Non Emergency: Call 1-866-514-2327

The Bear Wise reporting line (between April 1 and November 30). A bear passing by, in a tree, breaking into garbage, emptying bird feeders etc.

From Dec 1 to March 31, contact your local MNRF District office. The Kemptville office is (613) 258-8204.



boating bums by david reesor FOCA Fall 2017 Seminar

The focus of this year's FOCA Fall Seminar event for lake associations was Strong Associations for Future Generations.  The presentations provided plenty of ideas for how lake associations could engage volunteers, particularly a new generation of younger volunteers. Keynote speakers were Alex Mifflin and Tyler Mifflin from the television series, “The Water Brothers.” The day concluded with the launch of the 2017 video “Lake Associations”,  which ends with a clip of OLA Past President, Karen Hunt. Christine Kilburn has provided a summary of the day.



wild turkey in mating season Christmas Bird Count

The annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count (CBC) took place locally on December 16th.  Birders volunteer to count and record their observations.  Section 1 of the Rideau Ferry Christmas Bird Count area (a 24 km diameter circle centred in Rideau Ferry) includes the north and north eastern parts of Otty. The south and western shores of Otty are covered in Area 2.  Bird Studies Canada and its partner, the National Audubon Society in the United States, rely on data from the Christmas Bird Count database to monitor bird populations. 



water sampling State of the Lake Report 2017

October 2017 - Our fourth annual "State of the Lake Report" was produced by the OLA to summarize the condition of our lake and the environmental activities that have been completed on Otty this summer. Notes on water quality, water levels, algae, wildlife, and invasive species are included. (8 page PDF.) See the Environment page for past reports.



kids fishingKids' Stories Wanted

We’re looking for kids’ contributions to Captain Otty’s Log.   If you are under 12, tell us a story about your time on the lake this summer, like an interesting wildlife encounter, something you did, or an interesting summer tradition of your family.  Just send us your poem or story, no more than 200 words, by September 15. Photos or drawings to accompany your tale are welcome, too.  Don’t forget to include your name and age.   We’ll print a selection of them in upcoming newsletters.


bear at feederBlack Bears around Otty Lake

Bears Bears are frequently seen in the Otty Lake watershed, and can peacefully coexist with residents.   Educate yourself on their behaviour in case you encounter one.  Bears are attracted to food of any kind, so be careful how you deal with garbage, fruit trees, barbeques and bird feeders. Generally, bears want to avoid humans. Most encounters are not aggressive and attacks are rare.  If you have questions or feel a bear has become a nuisance on your property, contact the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry Bear Wise hotline at 1-866-514-2327. 


dockThe Lure of the Lake

Some of the original Otty Lake cottages are mentioned in this newspaper piece by Kay Rogers. It comes from her book 'At Home in Tay Valley,' that celebrates the people, places and events in the history of Tay Valley Township and Lanark County.


Legacy Cottage Etching Lanark Legacy Cottages Recognized

Thirty Otty Lake families were recognized through the Lanark Legacy Cottage program for having been in their family for at least 50 years. Most of the families were on hand at our July 9th AGM to receive their personalized 8 x 10" plaques. Twenty families in Tay Valley Township and 10 families in Drummond North Elmsley were recognized. Since the AGM an additional 13 cottages were recognized by the program, administered by Tay Valley on behalf of the participating municipalities. See the updated list. This is a commemorative designation only, there are no legal restrictions associated with it.



Loon FamilyLoon Observers Needed

May 21, 2017. The Canadian Lakes Loon Survey (through Bird Studies Canada) is about to get underway on Otty Lake! Data will be collected and mapped in order to estimate the number of loon pairs and offspring present on Otty this year. Volunteers are needed—simply record the locations of any loons observed on trips around the lake (on your watercraft of choice!) and send in the observations! To volunteer or to ask any questions you might have, please contact our loon survey coordinator at

Cottage in WinterHome and Cottage Security

Protect your property by reviewing these security tips for seasonal and permanent residents:

The Pike Lake Community Association (PLCA) compiled this list of security tips following a meeting of the Lake Networking Group and the OPP earlier this fall.  Thanks to the PLCA for sharing!  

FOCA suggests marking your personal items, recording serial numbers, and making a list of what you have left at the cottage in their Cottage Closing Tips.

 This OPP Security Guard Tip sheet is relevant to seasonal and permanent residents alike.


Occupied Nest Box

Wood Duck Nest Box Maintenance

If you have one of these boxes, be sure to clean it out and put in a fresh supply of wood shavings (not sawdust) this fall or winter.  Cavity-nesting ducks do not carry nesting materials and won’t choose an empty box.  Boxes are often not used the first year, but a duck may check it out for use the next year, so make sure it passes inspection!   (Photo at left is the interior of the nesting box at the Maple Glen recreation area, taken by Jennifer Lamoureux.)


Bass Video Bass Spawning Video

A pair of small mouth bass spawning on one of the installed spawning beds from the Otty Lake ‎fish and wildlife enhancement project. For additional photos, see our photo gallery.

Find out more about the Fish and Wildlife Enhancement project on the RVCA's Otty Lake web page. 


tickGet Tick Smart - Ticks and Lyme Disease

See this poster and pamphlet from the Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit and be prepared. Lyme disease and the ticks responsible for its spread are established throughout Leeds, Grenville and Lanark Counties. More tick references on our Environment Page.


Wild Parsnip - EOHULearn to Recognize Wild Parsnip 

You’ll want to learn to recognize this plant, wild parsnip, which is spreading rapidly in Eastern Ontario.  People coming in contact with the plant’s sap  have developed severe skin irritations.    This plant has a yellow umbrella-like top and saw tooth leaves. Wild parsnip can be controlled by pulling or digging, or by mowing if done at the right stage of its development.  Wear protective clothing and be extremely cautious when handling it, and be wary of picking wild flowers.


hazardous wasteHousehold Hazardous Waste (HHW) Depots

Tay Valley residents can access the HHWD in Middleville, 4686 Wolf Grove Road, from the Victoria Day Weekend until the Thanksgiving Day Weekend.  The site is available to all residents of Lanark Highlands and Tay Valley Township.  The depot is open during all regular Middleville waste site hours: Monday 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., Wednesday 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Saturday  9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. 


Drummond North Elmsley residents are entitled to use the HHWD on Patterson Cres. in Carleton Place. It is open Saturday mornings 8 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. from May 19, 2018 until September1, 2017, and is available to residents of certain Lanark County municipalities. These are Carleton Place, Mississippi Mills, Beckwith, Smiths Falls, Perth and Drummond North Elmsley ONLY.


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