Where We Are
Black Sturgeon Lake is a beautiful lake
Notices and Events
Spring Newsletter is posted
The spring newsletter (May 2020) is posted on the Newsletter Page. Read for update on membership increase to $30 per year has been put on hold, horseshoe tournament update, Thatcher Road report, etc. Past newsletters are also posted there.
2020 Photo Contest
The photo contest has now been judged. Winners are #02, #25, and #10. Honourable mentions go to #06, #12, #22, and #30. As in past years, cash prizes will be awarded to the top three photos.
Black Sturgeon Lakes Water Quality Monitoring 2019 Report
Attached to the 2020-02-18 Kenora Council Agenda is the Report on Water Quality Monitoring. The results confirm that Black Sturgeon Lake water quality remains good. The brief to Council starts on page 5 of the agenda and the full report begins on Page 7.
2019 Info from FOCA
The Federation of Ontario Cottagers Association (FOCA) has issued some information relevant to us
Septic systems: FOCA has put out an information sheet overview on septic systems with a lot of useful information.
2020 Horseshoe Tournament
Alas, the 2020 tournament has been covid-ed and will not take place this year. See the 2019 October newsletter for full report on the 2019 tournament.
There have been lots of Bear sightings this summer/fall. Be careful with your dogs and be careful out walking. See the facebook page for pictures/videos.
2019 Thatcher Road Clean-up
Sixteen (two women and fourteen men) volunteered for the much needed cleanup of Thatcher Road. Brush and dead trees were cleared and many potholes filled making the road much easier to use. The morning of work finished with a BBQ on the association’s new portable BBQ. Thank you to all those that came with their own equipment including Lawrence Maksymetz, whose front end loader was so useful. Thanks also to Steve Garrett who planned the BBQ and Phil Burns who initiated the work-bee. Well done!! A morning well spent! Click on a pictures to see the full size version.
2019 AGM June 8
Our Annual General Meeting was held June 8 with about 30 members in attendance. LOWDistrict Stewardship Association president Hardy Bock spoke and updated our association on taxation issues, zebra mussels and tours of the Experimental Lakes. Arlin Conway of Camp Communications spoke to the crowd about his company and its Internet offering and how it will be coming to Black Sturgeon hopefully in a year’s time. Richard Cone gave a brief rundown of the taxation issues and will be heading up a group to address the issues directly with the city and Province. Secession is a strong consideration.
2019 Sailing School
Again the sailing school was fully attended and was a week long this year. Look for information on the 2020 school soon. For further information go to www,bssailingclub.ca or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Sail Manitoba, www.sailmanitoba.com provides all the equipment and instructors for the school. Participants can expect to receive an introductory session which will teach them the basics of sailing. Those with more experience will learn more advanced techniques once on the water.
2019 Fun Sailing Races:
Several fun races will be held for sailors to hone their skills. For further information go to www,bssailingclub.ca
2019 Photo Contest Winners Announced
The 2019 closed with 42 entries. See the contest page to view the pictures
A professional photographer judged the pictures. Winners were announced in the Spring newsletter. Prizes ($75/$50/$50) were awarded at the June AGM.
2018 Municipal Elections
Following the Election 2018 Oct 22, the new Kenora town council is composed of
Mayor: Dan Reynard
Councillors: Andrew Poirier, Mort Goss, Sharon Smith, Rory McMillan, Chris Van Wallenghan, Kirsi Raiko
These are the people to contact with any issues.
Boat Speeds and Wakes
Boat speeds and wakes near shore, docks and moored boats have been creeping up. A recent e-mail from the Association reminds cottagers of lake etiquette and to boat safely and be considerate of the shoreline, specifically peoples’ docks and boats. Don’t drive close to shore unless you have to and if you do: No Wake. Keep an eye out for swimmers and kayakers as there have been close calls reported. There has been quite a flurry of comments on this subject on our Facebook page.
Also, be warned that Conservation Officers have been on the lake recently and they are checking boats for safety gear, boating and fishing licences and drinking.
We again have had a number of Wolf sightings See report in the 2017 Apr newsletter
Some helpful information from MNR:
1. If you or your animal is attacked you may shoot the wolf but you cannot shoot them if they are just passing through, if you feel threatened call 911
2. Keep your pets on leashes and do not let them wonder
3. If you shoot a Wolf you must report this immediately .
4. Do not feed the deer as the Wolves follow them and may come in your yard
5. They are usually more aggressive when the fawns are being born.
6. Keep your garbage well concealed ESP if it has bones meat scraps etc .
7. It is very common for them to take pets .
Also see the MNR webpage at http://www.mnr.gov.on.ca/en/Business/FW/2ColumnSubPage/287914.html