Missing section of dock?

A section of dock has washed up on Shuylers island (see picture below). If this is your dock, please reply to email generaldelivery2010@gmail.com and arrangements can be made for you to pick it up.

Paddle Boat stuck at Dam

A blue and white paddle boat has broken free from someone`s dock and is hung up at the yellow boom at the dam. If anyone knows who may own it, please let them know.

Around the Lake

Summer 2018

July 9th – Fire Ban

Effective immediately, July 9, 2018, the Township of Minden Hills has issued a complete Fire Ban.

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Horseshoe Lake Dam Update

March 2018 –  Update on Construction – The first phase of construction has been completed at the Horseshoe Lake Dam construction site with the removal of the cofferdam. The west side of the dam is now brand new, with two new piers and one full sluice with a concrete deck.

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December 2017 – We have received notice that the Horseshoe Lake Dam reconstruction project has been halted, pending retendering, and as a result will not be completed until summer 2018.  We will update this page as new information comes available.

September 15th Update – Horseshoe Lake Road Re-opens

Horseshoe Dam Communication – January 2017











CEWF Update – February 2017

CEWF continues to maintain contact with the TSW water management staff through the winter.  At this time the snowpack is normal or above average in Haliburton and little less than normal further south in the Trent basin.  Reservoir lake levels have recovered to near normal or above in most cases after the lows of November and December.  TSW has carried out some log operations to balance levels.  They continue to monitor the snowpack and lake levels and will be adjusting dams when required.  They are monitoring 4 snow survey courses in the reservoir area.  They also have 3 automatic gauges providing continuous measurements of snow water equivalent and another 6 of the new weighing precipitation gauges deployed in the reservoir area.

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Lake Water Levels (Roger Cunningham, Secretary/Treasurer, CEWF) – CEWF has been monitoring reservoir and flow-through lake water levels and regional precipitation amounts closely throughout 2016.  CEWF’s recent website posting was a November 17th TSW Water Management Update along with our commentary.  CEWF believes that TSW did an outstanding job of managing the water levels throughout the summer drought.  Likewise this fall, the drawdown was normal with all of the reservoir dams at their winter set log levels by the first of October.  But the lack of rainfall since then has resulted in minimal inflow to the system, low water levels and the likelihood that levels may decline further unless there is significant rainfall.  Residents depending on water from shallow wells are already facing problems, as are shoreline residents dependent on shallow water intakes.  Both are likely to face continuing difficulties.

After the rains in late August, water levels were close to seasonal norms and were drawn down to establish the normal winter-set condition in October as is standard practice in order to protect the lake trout spawn.  Normally rains in October and November cause the lake levels to rise slightly and to stabilize at levels similar to those achieved in mid-September to mid-October (the timing varies from lake to lake).  However, this year many lake levels have not stabilized but have continued to fall, and in some cases, are approaching the 30-year minimum levels.  The flow in both the Gull and Burnt Rivers is also very low.  The accumulative impact of these very dry conditions has depleted the water table and the base flow in both rivers. 

The link below provides a table which documents the precipitation amounts over the Trent River Basin for the period from May 1st until November 28th and the overall shortfall in precipitation.

We need major rainfall events before freeze up if there is any chance of seeing lakes rise closer to seasonal levels.  The TSW remains ready to manage flows if a runoff event occurs, but it is not possible to adjust levels without increased inflow to the system.

Given that the long range forecast is for a ‘colder than normal’ and ‘wetter than normal’ winter, prospects are good that the reservoirs will fill in the spring.  But a cold winter will mean little relief in water levels until then, as inflow to the system will remain low.  This situation is a threat to the lake trout spawn, and may result in lake levels that will affect an increasing number of shallow water intakes.