Where We Are
Black Sturgeon Lake is a beautiful lake
Notices and Events
2020 Thatcher Road Maintenance
Over 30 people showed up as a work party to give Thatcher Road much needed TLC on August 22nd. After brush clearing, tree felling (which was a bit of a challenge at times) and some pothole filling, the road and visibility are much improved. Thanks to Lawrence Maksymetz, Robert Parent, and Phil Burns for bringing some motorized equipment to make the work go faster. At the end of the work bee, the workers enjoyed BBQ hamburgers, chicken burgers and hot dogs at the boat launch area organized by Steve Garrett. This might turn out to be the only social event of this Covid summer! We did stay under the 50 allowed group size and, by taking two pictures, attempted to keep the physical distancing! Click on a picture to see the full size version.
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 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.
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.
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 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.
2020 Fun Sailing Races:
Races arel being held for sailors to hone their skills about every two weeks all summer. For further information go to www,bssailingclub.ca
Municipal Town Council
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