A 3 month project to stabilize the dam has started and will complete in December. This work includes, filling and sealing of the voids under the dam, drilling and installation of rock anchors through the dam and into underlying bedrock, the removal of vegetation growing through the concrete components of the dam. Previous inspections have shown that the concrete components of the dam are in poor or very poor condition. The dam is 113 years old. There is no word on when the dam will be replaced.
NEW SUMMER VENDOR MARKET (2023/6/5) A new vendor market will be operating this year at the Burleigh Falls Inn parking lot. It will be open Sunday mornings 10-2 on holiday weekends, (father's day, July 1st, Civic and Labour Day weekends.) It will feature local artisans and some local produce
TRENT UNIVERSITY AND STON(E)Y LAKE (2023/5/25)
I would like to highlight two programs that T.U. has in process on the lake.
The first is the Trent Aquatic Research Program You can learn more here The second one is Fish Tagging You can learn more about this project here
LOVESICK LAKE BEACH RESORT EXPANSION PROJECT Open House (2023/4/21)
The applicant is hosting an Open House to present their proposal and answer questions. Please see the invitation below
ONTARIO MUNICIPAL ELECTIONS 2022 (2022,8,22) Every four years, municipal elections take place in Ontario. This year the elections are on Monday, Oct 24. You need to be on the voters list to vote. Click here to access the voters list information. The voters list will be published September 1, 2022. General voting information may be obtained here. On the web site linked above, you will find the 2022 Voter's Guide (a downloadable PDF file) which should answer any questions you may have about voting. How To Vote Each township sets up there voting method. You may visit your respective township web site or contact the Municipal Clerk . Please go to the links page here for links to the 4 townships that encompass Ston(e) y Lake. The most common method is by phone or internet. Who To Vote For? Voters should understand each candidate's position on issues affecting Ston(e)y Lake. Issues such as environment impact and development on the lake are key items. I will attempt to obtain information on each candidate's position regarding lake issues and summarize here. Come back later in Sept for more information.
LOCK 27 TO CLOSE JUNE 17 (2022,6,16)
Parks Canada will be temporarily closing some locks along the Trent-Severn Waterway beginning Friday (June 17) due to high water levels and flows. Parks Canada says it will reopen individual lock stations in stages as soon as it safe to do so. Affected locks are 19 and 22 to 27 more information here
STON(E)Y LAKE WATER LEVELS CONTINUE TO RISE (2022,6,14) The water level rose .12 m (4.7 in) from the normal summer level yesterday. Today, 22/6/14, it is up another approx 2 in from yesterday. You can monitor the lake water level here Check both the graph and table screens to see the most accurate information.
PUBLIC SAFETY NOTICE - HIGH WATER ON THE SEVERN, TRENT & OTONABEE RIVERS (2022,6,12) Parks Canada advises the public to expect higher than normal water levels and flows on the Severn, Trent and Otonabee Rivers during navigation hours, until further notice. In addition, from Lock 1 - Trenton to Lock 27 – Young’s Point, flows will increase outside of navigation hours as of today (June 9, 2022) until further notice. The public should consider these overnight flows as non-navigable. full notice here
UPPER STONY CANADA DAY FIREWORKS CANCELED (2022,6,8) The Canada Day Fireworks normally held on the water in front of Crowes Landing has been canceled.
STONEY LAKE TRIATHLON RETURNS (2022,6,3) This popular event will go on June 19 at Carveth's Marina Get more in formation here
RONNIE HAWKINS 1935, 2022 (2022,6,3) Long time Ston(e)y Lake resident and Canadian music icon passed on May 29 View his bio here
JUMPING WORMS WHITE- COLLARED INVADERS SPREADING IN SOUTHERN ONTARIO (2022,4,24)
These invading species damage gardens and natural areas. They were found in 2021 near Windsor, Hamilton and Toronto. For more information about identification, prevention and eradication, please follow this link
COMMUNITY SAFETY ZONES INSTALLED ON HIGHWAY 28 (2022,4,21)
The Mayor of Apsley has announced that Community Safety Zones have been set up on highway 28 in two locations. They are , from Woodview to Haultain and the 3.5 km of Highway 28 as it passes through Apsley. In these zones, many set penalties are doubled such as speeding and careless driving. This goes into effect immediately. View the article here
IMPLEMENTATION OF ELIMINATION OF HYDRO ONE'S RESIDENTIAL SEASONAL RATE (2021,11,20)
The Ontario Energy Board (OEB) approves Hydro One’s proposed 10-year phase in of this change beginning January 1, 2023. This approach is intended to limit the total bill increase for affected seasonal customers, including those with low average monthly consumption, to 10% (maximum) per year. For more information please follow this Link
2022 GYPSY MOTH CONTROL PROGRAM (2021,10,12)
The Ontario Centre for Defoliator Control will be responsible for organizing next years spray season. Zimmer Air Services will continue to provide the aerial application once the mapping has been completed. You may apply to participate in the program HERE
TRENT-SEVERN WATERWAY NATIONAL HISTORIC SITETEMPORARY NAVIGATION CLOSURE FROM LOCK 1 TO LOCK 27 (2021,10,2)
(PETERBOROUGH, ON – September 30, 2021) – As a result of the current high water level and flow conditions and in the interests of safety, the area of the Trent-Severn Waterway from Lock 1 Trenton to Lock 27 Young’s Point (excluding Locks 20 Ashburnham and Lock 21 Peterborough Lift Lock) will remain closed to recreational boat traffic until the morning of Saturday, October 2. Please stay off the water in this area and away from dams and the waters edge.Lockage in this area will be available on Saturday, October 2 for the purpose of allowing boaters to clear the system. Boaters currently in this area are requested to contact Trent-Severn Waterway operations (705-750-4517) who will coordinate and facilitate your exit from the system.The system in this area will then close again on Sunday, October 3. We are working towards reopening navigation in this area for the Thanksgiving Weekend, pending suitable water levels and flows. We will provide an update on this on Wednesday, October 6.These closures will allow the Trent-Severn Waterway team to continue to move water to address high levels and flows caused by recent rain and to create capacity to absorb the forecasted rain expected over the weekend. Our goal is to create safe conditions on the waterway that will allow us to return to normal operations as soon as possible. Please continue to follow us on social media at @TrentSevernNHS for the latest.Thank you for your patience and cooperation.
PARKS CANADA TO CLOSE PART OF TRENT-SEVERN WATERWAY (2021,9,27)
Lock 1 Trenton to Lock 27 Young's Point (excluding Locks 20 Ashburnham and Lock 21 Peterborough Lift Lock) will be closed to navigation from Tuesday September 28, 2021 until end of day Thursday September 30, 2021 to permit the movement of water. Parks Canada is working to address high water levels and flows caused by recent high amounts of rain. Stay off the water in this area and away from dams and the water's edge.
BURLEIGH FALLS DAM REPLACEMENT CONSTUCTION UPDATE (2021,7,28) Communication from Parks Canada
July 23, 2021, Peterborough, ON – Parks Canada advises that the Burleigh Falls Dam replacement project has been deferred until further notice. While the dam is in poor condition and is in need of replacement, recent engineering inspections have concluded that the dam does not pose any imminent risk to public safety. Parks Canada will continue to monitor the dam in the interest of public safety and actively address any issues. In the interim, Parks Canada will continue work on Indigenous consultations and stakeholder engagement related to the project, the supporting baseline environmental studies and the completion of the Detailed Impact Assessment and fisheries plan.
USLA FIREWORKS RESCHEDULED (2021, 6,13) The annual USLA fireworks which normally occur on the July 1st weekend have been moved to Saturday July 31st at dusk. If you would like to donate to the fireworks, please send an e-transfer to: firstname.lastname@example.org with the password: USLA2021
COTTAGE ELECTRICAL PRICES (2021, 6,7) The process of removing the seasonal rate class for cottages continues. Please follow the link below for more information. foca.on.ca/electricity-pricing/
BURLEIGH FALLS CLOSED TO PUBLIC (2021, 6,6) Land access to the falls at Burleigh has be cordoned off as it was later last summer. The Old Burleigh Road has barriers at each end indicating 'local traffic only'
COUNTY OF PETERBOROUGH OFFICAL PLAN (2021,5,7) The county is looking for input to their official plan and you can participate. The survey is open until May 13th at 4:30. Here is the link arcg.is/qjaLW
STON(E)Y LAKE COTTAGE CAM ARCHIVES NOW AVAILABLE (2021,1,19) Peter has over 680,000 images from the cameras on the lake. Starting in October of 2013 up to the current date. You can view these pics on line by following the link below. Once there, pick your camera from the blue bar at the top. Adjust the sliders to the time you wish to see. https://benlo.com/cottagecam/archive.php#
BURLEIGH FALLS DAM REPLACEMENT DETAILED IMPACT ANALYSIS AVAILABLE ON LINE (2021,1,19) It has come to my attention that the DIA for the Burleigh Falls Dam replacement is available on line. Please follow the link below to view the document. Detailed Impact Analysis
BURLEIGH FALLS DAM REPLACEMENT (2021,1,9) Correspondence from Parks Canada Burleigh Falls Dam Replacement Phase One Work to Begin January 2021 Trent-Severn Waterway National Historic Site January, 2021 –After many years of planning, Parks Canada will move forward with the first phase of replacing the Burleigh Falls Dam at Lock 28, in Peterborough County, in January 2021. The Burleigh Falls Dam was constructed in 1912, and engineering assessments over the last few years have demonstrated that the dam is in need of significant rehabilitation. After an unsuccessful tender process for a rehabilitation project in the summer of 2019, a project for a full replacement of the dam was deemed the most cost efficient, and to have the best long-term outcome. The new dam’s overall hydraulic capacity will be increased, and both public safety and operator access will be improved. The lifespan of the new dam is estimated to be more than 80 years.
Environmental Analysis Parks Canada is conducting ongoing assessment and environmental analysis, including fish surveys, to ensure the most appropriate way forward for both the design of the new dam and the implementation of its construction. As a result, the project has been split into two phases.
Phase 1: Will entail necessary stabilization efforts on the existing dam, which are limited in scope. In order to allow this work to proceed, a Basic Impact Assessment has been completed. This work will commence in January 2021.
Phase 2: Will entail the construction of the new dam immediately downstream of the existing dam. Once additional investigations are complete, the draft Detailed Impact Analysis (DIA), which examines and seeks to eliminate the project’s adverse impacts on the natural and cultural heritage, will be updated and shared publicly. Public comments will be included in the DIA, and assessed for inclusion in recommendations to the contractor.
What to Expect The project will begin in Phase 1 with modifications to the current dam, allowing it to pass the current capacity of water during construction. This includes the filling of voids under the piers of the existing dam. Construction of a new dam, new gravity wall, and new wing walls will follow in a Phase 2, concluding in the late summer of 2024. Pedestrian access across the dam will be closed during construction. Impact to parking at Lock 28 will be minimized during navigation season. There will be no impact on navigation, and the boat launch will remain open during navigation season. Visitors to the lock station and local businesses can expect noise and traffic typically associated with large construction projects. Impact to access for upstream and downstream angling areas is not expected. Parks Canada is leading important infrastructure work to ensure safe, high-quality experiences for visitors by improving heritage, visitor, waterway, and highway assets located within national historic sites, national parks, and national marine conservation areas, including along the Trent-Severn Waterway National Historic Site. For More Information: For questions or concerns about this project, please contact us at [email@example.com%20]firstname.lastname@example.org and include “Burleigh Falls Dam” in the subject heading. For more information about the Parks Canada infrastructure projects in the Peterborough area please visit www.pc.gc.ca/tswPeterboroughCounty.
APSLEY’S ONLY GROCERY STORE LOST IN FIRE THIS PAST WEEKEND (2020,12,7) Sayers grocery in Apsley was destroyed this past Saturday. Locals and vacationers will be without a grocery store in Apsley for some time. Please follow the link below for more information. Grocery Fire
JOHN AND SUSAN MCWILLIAMS DONATE PROPERTY TOWARDS THE CHRISTIE BENTHAM WETLAND PROJECT (2020,11,24) Kawartha Land Trust is undertaking a special campaign to purchase a property just south of Burleigh Falls which contains a Provincially Significant Wetland, forest corridor, undeveloped shoreline and a wonderful trail network which is well known in the local community. If successfully protected, this property, also referred to as the Clear Lake North Wetland will be officially named after Christie Bentham in recognition of the gift she left to KLT. Basically the land covers an area from Mackenzie Bay north the the Juniper Point Road and runs approximately parallel to Tedford Drive. Please see the map below for more detail. To donate to this wonderful project, please follow this link Here is a map of the subject area.