NSOLA AGM scheduled for August 7, 2016

Take note that we will be holding our 2016 AGM on August 7, 2016.  Ben Chabot and Frontenac PP have very kindly allowed us to hold the meeting at the Park Office again.

Details, agenda to follow….



Update on Bedford/Salmon Lake Road Culverts

Mark Segsworth, Public Works Manager at the Township, recently provided me with the following update on the status of the Bedford and Salmon Lake Road culverts:

Bedford Road Culvert
The intention is to reline the culvert under Bedford Road commencing after July 1. This project has already been tendered and awarded.  The relining of the culvert should take about two weeks. We will be informed when the Township gets the construction schedule from the contractor.

Salmon Lake Road Culvert
Design is being finalized and tender in May at the latest. It is our intention to have the successful contractor mobilize towards the end of August with construction commencing after Labour Day.

Peter, President NSOLA

New culvert planned between Holleford and Desert Lakes?

Larry Showler of Frontenac Outfitters has been informed that, in addition to the culverts at Bedford and Salmon Lake Roads (North and South Otter Lakes), the Township may also be planning to replace the culvert(s) between Holleford and Desert Lakes.  These culvert were installed in 1989 apparently, replacing what was a bridge.  According to Larry, all of these culverts vastly reduced water flow between the two lakes. Holleford’s lake water quality has consequently deteriorated substantially during the 26 years since.  Moreover, as Larry states, “this culvert along with the Rothwell/ North Otter Lake culvert and the North/ South Otter Lake(s) culvert block/ hinder a paddlesports/ small watercraft waterway, which extends to three Provincial Parks (Frontenac/ Charleston & Murphy’s Lake) and beyond north to Ottawa via the Rideau Systems and south to Lake Ontario and the Thousand Islands. The potential to attract and promote environmentally responsible tourism to our region is overwhelming, while still protecting landowners rights and privacy. The above facts alone should provide ‘the powers to be’ with enough incentive to ensure these 3- crossings are completed professionally with an eye towards the future!”

Ben Chabot, our Park Superintendent, has written to say that he also supports the enhancement of paddling opportunities within South Frontenac Township “as this can significantly contribute to the overall success of the tourism industry within this region.” As he notes, “the route from South Otter, through Rothwell/Holleford/Desert is often used by both park visitors and those not visiting the park. If we are able to improve and expand on these paddling opportunities I feel that the Frontenac area could become an excellent paddle sports destination if we consider their needs during planning and development. I encourage everyone to consider this opportunity when planning for the future as it could benefit the local region in a positive manner.”

Update on Bedford and Salmon Lake Road Culverts

Photo of "new" culverts prior to installation on Bedford Rd. (circa 1987)

Photo of “new” culverts prior to installation on Bedford Rd. (circa 1987).  Courtesy of Simon Smith.

Mark Segsworth, Public Works Manager with the Township of South Frontenac, has provided the following update from his supervisor, David Holliday, who is overseeing both the Bedford Road and Salmon Lake Road culvert rehab/replacement. Mark and David have discussed the Township’s approach with the Cataraqui Region Conservation Association (CRCA) and have let them know that they need to get the project to tender while they finalize approvals from them. Mark has invited any member of our association to call him or David if we have any questions.  Here’s the update from David:

Hi Mark,

I met with McIntosh Perry [consulting engineers] yesterday and they answered all of the questions for the Otter Lake Culvert on Bedford Road.

  1. The culvert liner is designed to last 50+ years
  2. The host pipe is not required to support the liner as we have specified a minimum strength to support the forces. However, other than the invert the host pipe is still in relatively decent shape.
  3. Work timeframe – It is anticipated construction will begin after October 1st and everything wrapped up by November 27th.
  4. A portage route has been planned as part of the project that will keep the tourists out of the construction zone. It appears there is a currently used route to the North that will be utilized.

We did not discuss Salmon Lake culvert as they have not received details about the soil foundations yet from the lab. I had a brief discussion with Laura (at MP) though and it sounds like bedrock much deeper than first anticipated which might create some issues. I will keep you in the loop as things progress.

Thank you,


Revised Agenda for AGM

Revised Agenda 2015 AGM

We’ve added one item to the agenda: “Greeting from the new Park Superintendent, Ben Chabot” (item 8 on agenda).

Frontenac’s 150th Showcase August 28-30, 2015 Centennial Park, Harrowsmith

Frontenac County 150th Anniversary Showcase Schedule of Events

The County of Frontenac is marking its 150th Anniversary this year, and a big celebration is being planned for August 28-30 at Centennial Park in Harrowsmith.  See attached schedule of events.

NSOLA Notice of AGM and Agenda – July 12, 2015

NSOLA Notice of AGM and Agenda 2015

Notice of Annual General Meeting – July 12, 2015

Dear Members of the North and South Otter Lake Association:

Our Annual General Meeting will be held again this year at Frontenac Provincial Park Headquarters. The date of the meeting is Sunday, July 12, 2015. Here’s the schedule:

9:30    a.m.        Coffee, paying memberships

10:00  a.m.        AGM (see attached agenda)

11:00 a.m.         Mark Segsworth, Public Works Manager: Discussion re:  Culvert replacement on Salmon Lake and Bedford Roads

11:30 a.m.          Potluck Lunch

All members, (or designates) and new members are welcome. Please see Edith, our treasurer, to pay your fees, and to get a name tag before the meeting starts. Membership dues are $10.00 per person. Edith will have a table set up inside the main meeting room. Please use the membership form (copy attached), to give us any changes in your information.

As many of you will know already, Peter Dawson, the former Superintendent of the Park retired this year. Ben Chabot is the new Superintendent. He has kindly agreed to attend our AGM to meet our group.

Mark Segsworth, the Township’s Public Works Manager, will also be attending our meeting and will speak to our group and answer questions you may have in regard to the Township’s plans to replace/repair the culverts in Salmon Lake and Bedford roads. The information we have to date is that nothing will be happening anytime soon. Options include replacing the culverts altogether with new concrete ones of approximately the same dimensions (i.e., canoes and other small watercraft can pass through) and, in the case of the Bedford Rd. culvert (connecting North Otter and Rothwell Lakes) “repairing” the culvert by way of “invert paving”, i.e., laying concrete down at the bottom of the culvert where it is showing the worst signs of damage (rusting through).

This year we will have a pot luck lunch again. We encourage all of you to bring a dish of your choice and stay on after the meeting to meet, or catch up with other members on the lake.

Please come with any reports of sightings of fauna or flora, issues, or changes to the health of the lake.

If you would like to add any items to the agenda please contact any of our executive at executive@nsola.org or nsola@nsola.org.

Thank you and we look forward to seeing you on July 12, 2015.

Your Executive

Notice of AGM and Agenda – July 12, 2015

NSOLA Notice of AGM and Agenda 2015-FINAL

Reminder re: Dog-strangling vine

For those of you who were present at our AGM last year, you will recall the very informative presentation of Dale Kristensen, M.Sc., Ecological Services, Phytotron Manager, Queen’s University, on the invasive perennial “dog-strangling vine” which has been spreading rapidly and causing damage to ecosystems in Southern Ontario.  Dale contacted us recently with the following update and reminder on DSV control:

Please remind people that they should grasp the plants at the base and either dig (preferred method) or gently pull the plant up trying to keep the little buds at the base of the stem from breaking off. After a rain is best time as the soil is not as hard. Place the plants in a garbage bag and let them bake in the sun for a few weeks.

This method only works if there are not a lot of plants, and the landowner is willing to redo the area 2 or 3 times over the summer to stop the plants from setting flower. Hopefully biocontrols will be available within the next several years.

2015 Annual General Meeting – July 12, 2015

Our Annual General Meeting will be held this year on Sunday July 12, 2015.  As in previous years, the meeting will be held at Frontenac Provincial Park Headquarters.  The agenda for the meeting will follow in due course.