Eels lake cottagers

Month: June 2018


Many cottagers located in narrow parts of the Lake have
asked that ALL be reminded about the need to maintain
safe and appropriate speeds and keep wakes to a minimum.

First of all, there may be swimmers in those areas.
Secondly, your wake may damage fragile shorelines.
Thirdly, your actions have an effect on the moored docks, boats and
other items.

Transport Canada puts forth the following about the need to maintain
safe boating speeds:

Operate at a Safe Speed
Remember that you may have to stop or turn suddenly to avoid a collision, so operate at a safe speed. A safe speed depends on:
• your ability to see ahead – slow is the only safe speed in fog, mist, rain and darkness;
• current, wind, and water conditions;
• how quickly your boat can change direction;
• how many and what types of vessels are near you; and
• the presence of navigational hazards such as rocks and tree stumps.
Be very careful when boating where visibility is poor, such as entering or exiting a fog bank.
A boat’s wake can damage other vessels, docks and the shoreline. It can also be a risk for swimmers, divers and people on small boats that might capsize. Be aware of how your boat’s wake might affect others when choosing your speed. You will be responsible for any damages or harm you cause.

Click on “Safe Boating Guide” for a complete guide to boating.

Several members of the Water Committee undertook a depth survey study in the Fall of 2017. That study was presented to the Trent Severn Waterway this Spring (May 25) to show the number of cottagers that would be affected should the water ever be lowered below 4 logs in our dam. The purpose was to establish the fact that safe boating and access to certain properties would be negatively affected should TSW ever decide to implement an emergency drawdown. By clicking on: “Eels Lake Water Survey” (Methodology) and “Table of Survey Depths” you can view the results.

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