Moon River Walleye Fishery

Here’s another video for the Muskoka Watershed Council‘s YouTube channel.

Eric McIntyre, of the Eastern Georgian Bay Stewardship Council discusses spiking water flow downstream from Bala Falls, its devastating implications to Walleye reproduction and the current status of the agreement between the Ministry of Natural Resources and Ontario Power Generation.

2005 water flows, highly detrimental to Walleye reproduction have now been improved somewhat.

Eric spoke at the Muskoka Stewardship Conference.

In the video, there’s some interesting detail about Walleye habitat, the Moon River Walleye fishery and the need to control water levels in Lake Muskoka.

Oops, not a great spot to pitch your tent!

Troubling Times for Our Turtles

Did you know that it may take 60 years of egg laying for a female turtle just to replace herself!

I just finished editing, and posted a video on YouTube. Glenda Clayton is a very warm and engaging presenter who presented at the Muskoka Watershed Council‘s Muskoka Stewardship Conference.

In 40 minutes you’ll not only be able to identify Muskoka’s turtles by species, but be more apt to help “wheelbarrow” them  across the road.

Assisting a snapping turtle across a roadway. The back-end is the good side.

So, you’re all up to the cottage for the summer, one of the kids finds a turtle and wants to keep it as a pet. No matter how wonderful they may look and how convincing the argument to adopt may be, NEVER, NEVER allow this to happen. With predators as well as cars at every corner, the odds are so stacked against turtles that we need them ALL in the wild reproducing.

So cool! Hard to resist keeping a guy like this as a pet, but please don’t – don’t, don’t, don’t!

Andrew Daniels Fish Stewardship Program, Lake of Bays

I just finished editing and posted a video on the Muskoka Watershed Council‘s YouTube channel. George Daniels has obviously been a driving force behind some terrific conservation efforts on fish habitat in and around Muskoka’s Lake of  Bays. After the death of George’s son Andrew, a couple of Andrew’s buddies launched the Andrew Daniel’s Fish Stewardship Program.

George presented the program at the  Muskoka Stewardship Conference.

In the video, you’ll learn about many of the initiatives taken on by volunteers, local business, government and NGO’s – great stuff! You can pick up a fish ruler and poster at all of the Lake of Bays marinas.

Lake of Bays fish poster.

 

Latest Muskoka Watershed Council YouTube Lecture

This has been an extremely busy Real Estate season so far, which is a good thing!
On the other hand, this has the resulting effect of slowing some of my other activities. I have some great video presentations from the April 28th Muskoka Watershed Council Stewardship Conference, and I’m really trying to fit in some time to process the material and post it. The 1st one is Jan McDonnell from the Ministry of Natural Resources with Birds At Risk in Muskoka.

 

I really have to push these out since there is lots more material I’ll be recording at the Muskoka Summit on the Environment over the next two days. The summit is all about Biodiversity Loss. There’s still time to register here.

 

Your own private lake

Well, this gorgeous property has just been reduced by $296,000, and is now $999,000. Have a look at the images of the property below; additional details are here.

Martin Lake, 100% within the 58 acre property

It’s close to 400 for ease of access, yet so far from the rest of the world. 58 acres of beautiful rolling hills and forest to explore. The property encompasses an entire lake, has a waterfall, complete with covered bridge and lighthouse, all contained within the boundaries.

Covered bridge and waterfall

The main house, beside the lake is currently a two family dwelling with 2750 sq. ft. on each floor, totalling 5,000 sq ft. (completely finished).

Main house 5000 sq.ft.

The property near the house is beautifully landscaped with many perennials.

There is a separate house, two family dwelling with 1500 sq ft. on each floor,total of 3,000 sq ft. (completely finished). There is also a heated garage, 20′ x 48′, with a 17 foot ceiling.

Second house 3000 sg.ft.
Heated Garage 17′ ceiling

The southern edge of the property borders the Seguin Vally Golf Course.

Gull Lake, Miles of Beautiful Boating

We were out on Gull Lake today. The early heat wave blown away by crisp north westerlies. Thanks to Dave and Sandra who have spent many happy years on Gull Lake; now selling their Gull Lake home.

I had no idea that there was anywhere near this much boating on scenic Gull Lake. Heading south east takes you to a cut, through which you discover the equally beautiful Silver Lake. There are miles and miles of open water as well as small coves and granite rock faces. Perfect for power-boat cruises as well as kayaks and canoes.

Gull Lake narrows to admit you to Silver Lake

Some of the waters from Kahshe Lake run to Silver Lake, then to Gull Lake and then through the Hoc Roc river into Lake Muskoka.

Gull Lake has lots of space for water sports of all types, or just for those big views.

Gull Lake looking north west to Highway 11

We saw so many gorgeous rock faces dropping straight into blue water, and made mental notes of where to return.

Granite cliffs on south Gull Lake

There are cottages dotted up and down Gull and Silver Lakes. We heard many stories of the history of some of these cottages and Gull Lake itself. One is the story of Dead Horse Island; we wonder if you know this story…

Cottagers have been enjoying Gull Lake since the 1800’s.

NOW SOLD! Serene Pine Point, Lake Muskoka

We are very excited, and justly proud to be able to offer such a rare Muskoka property.

Private cove for kids … or floatplanes.

There is no question that the majority of people we take to see Muskoka properties spend 80% of the time inspecting inside the buildings and 20% on the property. This doesn’t seem right. Although lots of us do it this way, we should spend most of the time wandering the property.

Ahhh, but so many properties are not really wanderable; they have nicely built decks and stairs, to take us from the cottage to the waterfront to the boathouse because they are often steep.  The perfect cottage properties were developed many decades ago.

On this property the superb architecture of the cottage and boathouse, although beautiful, are secondary to the level point, cooling in Lake Muskoka, comprised of almost 900 feet of waterfront.

A simple path, not stairs, wends its way to the boathouse.

Once you have satisfied yourself that the property itself is incomparable, then it’s always nice to have buildings like these.

Pine Point’s boathouse.

Lake Muskoka, dotted island views from cottage
Grand kitchen area
Main cottage Muskoka Room
Architectural details
Inside the boathouse

Additional details are here.

Winter Carnival Bed Race

This year’s Winter Carnival had lots of events throughout the weekend. One of the highlights for the crowd was definitely the bed race.

All out effort for the last seconds...

Catharine and 3 colleagues pushed Chris for the 4 blocks, defeating a very fit and capable team (see below) in their heat, and were declared Most Outrageous Team!

Don't let the floppy feet fool you, these characters are very serious about their sport.

 

January in Muskoka – get out on the lake.

We’ve certainly experienced some unusual weather so far this winter in Muskoka. According to Environment Canada: “the milder-than-usual temperatures in December did result in lower snowfall accumulations as compared to normal amounts, and few major snowstorms. Instead, there were more frequent freeze/thaw cycles resulting from the passage of cold or warm fronts.”

This freeze/thaw cycle has continued in January, and we were definitely on the freeze end this weekend.

Catharine on snowshoe inspection

It was -26 C, crisp and sunny. We went out to take a look at a cottage by snowshoes – often a mush quicker way to get directly to a cottage. Although there was little wind to speak of inland, out on the lake there was a steady movement of wind from the NW. It was enough to push the perceived temperature well into the -30 – 40 range.

All in all a beautiful way to spend a day.

International Year of the Forest 2011 – a link to a MUST WATCH video below.

We are very privileged to live in Muskoka where we enjoy healthy forests, with much natural cover.
Although I am a volunteer with the Muskoka Watershed Council, I recognize the current and past work done by all the volunteers and staff of the MWC for 10 years now. With the release of the 2010 Report Card, benchmarks for future Report Cards have been established; best ensuring that we do not lose our incredible resource.

Please watch this great, great video. Thank you!

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