Eels lake cottagers

Author: Alex


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.

Pictures taken on May 1, 2018 show that the ice is finally starting to leave. TSW pulled another log, total of 5 on top, out of the dam.

One of your fellow cottagers reports that the Lake is close to high water now with the ice still in but likely to be out this coming weekend.

TSW water level graph shows the water at above average height for this time of year.

Abul Kashem, the newly appointed Water Management Engineer for the Trent Waterway System (TSW)informed us on July 28, 2017 that the Water Level Drawdown of the Reservoir Lakes has not yet begun becauseof the large amount of rain we have been having over the past 4 weeks. Many Lakes are still in a “Flood Control” mode.

On Eels Lake, the TSW had removed a total of 2 logs to keep the water from rising above the 25 year maximum. One of these logs has since been put back in to essentially keep the water at “maximum” level and to help with the overall flood control effort.

TSW will keep us posted as to any changes.

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