Thank you for the post – Challenging times bring out the best in a community – Thanks to all of the volunteers.
*Photos by Johan Hallberg-Campbell
This weekend Canadian Red Cross volunteers are going door-to-door to hundreds of homes in Kawartha Lakes and Ramara affected by recent flooding to ensure families affected are safe and well, and have supplies to begin the process of recovering and cleaning their homes.
Thanks to the generosity of The Home Depot and the local community supporting a fundraising drive at various LCBO stores, the Red Cross is able to distribute clean-up kits that will help families restore their homes. The kits contain cleaning products and supplies, gloves, garbage bags and other items.
Some 300 kits were assembled by staff at The Home Depot store in Bracebridge this morning which will also be distributed to families in Bracebridge once water levels recede.
Red Cross volunteers have been on the ground in affected communities since the flooding began. More than 1,000 homes have been affected across the province.
Some of the smaller, but no less important tributaries of the Kawartha Lakes are the Nogies Creek, Mississagua River, Eels Creek and Jack Creek watersheds.
The Nogies Creek watershed contains only one reservoir operated by the Trent-Severn Waterway, that of Crystal Lake. At the headwaters of the Nogies Creek watershed, Crystal Lake is fed by several small tributaries which help to fill the lake during dry springs. Downstream of Crystal Lake, Nogies Creek (formally known as Harvey Brook) flows through both Bass Lake and Big March Lake before entering Pigeon Lake at its north end.
The Mississagua River watershed is a significant tributary of the Kawatha Lakes and lies between the Nogies Creek watershed to the west and the Eels Creek watershed to the east. With Anstruther Lake flowing into it, Mississauga Lake contributes a substantial volume of water to the Kawartha Lakes. Nearly 15% of the water retained in the reservoirs comes from Anstruther Lake and Mississaugua Lake.
The Eels Creek and Jack Creek watersheds have very similar characteristics. With each having a single reservoir within their headwaters, the watercourses behave very much the same throughout the year. The primary difference between the two is the size of Eels Creek compared to Jack Creek. The Eels Creek watershed has both a large reservoir in its head water and a large catchment area which contributes to its surface water runoff. For those reasons the Eels Creek watershed will generally generate higher flows.
View Pictures of 2013 flooding in the Kawarthas
- Water continues to rise on Gull River Watershed – Flooding in Kawartha Lakes April 26, 2013
- Kawartha Lakes Flood Pictures – April 23, 2013 April 23, 2013
- Kawartha Lakes – Flood Pictures April 22, 2013
We want to hear from Golfers!
Help us share the many advantages to living in the Kawarthas.
One of the many locational advantages of retiring to and living in Bobcaygeon is our proximity to the many fine area golf courses. Sheffield Greens, Dunsford Golf and Country Club, Eganridge Inn and Country Club and the Historic Sturgeon Point Golf Club are all a short drive from town. For those considering retiring to the community, hearing from those that made the leap and left the work life behind, could help them overcome some of the nervousness associated with making a major life change.
For many, they dream of summer days filled with golf. We would like you to share some of your golfing in the Kawartha Lakes area experiences with us. For those considering the area for their retirement years testimonials from others could be the inspiration and motivation they need to take the leap.
The theme is Golf in the Bobcaygeon Area. Maybe it’s the tale of your best round, the time you bested the signature hole at your favourite course, or the time the signature hole got the best of you! Is it the great people you have met since moving here? Perhaps it is the hospitality of the staff and owners at your favourite course.
Greens Lake Waterfront Cottage for Sale
Greens Lake is a “stand-a-lone” or “land locked” lake, a large portion of which is surrounded by Crown Land, and, fewer than 70 cottages on the lake. Situated in the newly renamed Municipality of Trent Lakes, Peterborough County, 20 km south of Gooderham, 30 km to Buckhorn and 40 km to Bobcaygeon you are never far from a farmers market or an evening in town. View Greens Lake on Google Maps
The scenic Kawartha Highlands Provincial Park is nearby. Numerous access points are close, it is an outdoor lovers paradise. Situated along the southern edge of the Canadian Shield, this relatively undeveloped area features a rugged rolling landscape of small lakes, wetlands, forests and rocky barrens. Official Site
The 3 bedroom cottage is nicely place on the well treed, almost half acre lot with 134 feet of waterfront. A large full length front deck with two walk outs from the
cottage and a gently rolling front yard to the water edge. Deep swim-able water off your dock, a sand play area at waters edge and the sound of water flowing over the near-by dam allow you to relax and play close to the cottage. The more adventurous can set out and explore for hours.
Current owners use the cottage frequently in the winter months, the air tight wood stove quickly heats the cottage and keeps you cozy on the coldest winter days. Water supply is from the lake, and winter enthusiasts may choose to add a heat line for greater convenience when taking part in winter activities. This area is a four season play ground. Snowmobile and A.T.V. trails, the many lakes, rivers and streams means adventure awaits those of all interests and skill levels.
Well maintained, low maintenance 950 sq.ft.+- cottage is the ideal combination of comfort and convenience. Bright functional rooms, 4 piece bath, bright kitchen, multi-purpose room ideal for rainy day play, overflow dinner guests or as a quiet place to sit and read. Well appointed guest bunky is ideal for extra guests.
You can escape the hustle and bustle of city life and enjoy cottage country at its very best in this easy to maintain Greens Lake Waterfront Cottage.
Contact Brad Nelson or ask your agent about 188 Fire Route 294, Greens Lake – Possession is flexible – Start the summer at your summer play ground.
Flood update – 9:00am April 26
The City of Kawartha Lakes Emergency Control Group will be meeting this morning at 10:00am.
The Burnt River flooding situation is moving into the recovery phase. Many roads in that are expected to be reopened today after inspections are completed. Roads in the Black River area will likely remain closed until Monday to allow them to dry out. An up-to-date list of road closures is available on the city’s website.
Concerns remain over the Gull River watershed and an MNR Flood Warning remains in effect. The Kawartha Region Conservation Authority Flood Warning is also in effect for the shoreline areas of Balsam, Cameron, Sturgeon and Pigeon Lakes. Shoreline residents are advised to take precautions to protect themselves and their property and be prepared to evacuate should the water levels continue to rise.
Seasonal residents returning this weekend are encouraged to check the list of road closures to ensure their property is accessible. Please use extreme caution when in the flood affected areas.
Water levels on Pigeon Lake Continue to Rise – These pictures were taken April 22 and 23, at the end of Walmac Shores Road, near Bobcaygeon on Pigeon Lake
In today’s picture the center of the road is under approximately 12″ of water. Deeper in some spots. Tricky in 13 inch rubber boots. Did I mention there is still a chill to the water?
All of the following pictures of Pigeon Lake – taken at the public access at the end of Walmac Shores Road. I attempted to take all of the shots from close to the same position. The Ice melt as well as the falling and rising water levels over the last month.
More pictures of the high water levels in the Kawarthas: April 21, 2013 April 22, 2013
Pictures from slide show – click to view large
Water levels are lower at Centennial Park, County Road 44, Burnt River.
Water levels on Pigeon Lake were higher this morning and higher yet this evening.
Moving into Peterborough County – the power of the water flowing over the damns at Buckhorn, and Burleigh Falls was spectacular.
Burleigh Falls, Ontario, High water levels in the northern water shed are creating fast moving water further down stream. Looking for a Day trip in the Kawarthas? Visiting the Dams and Locks of the Trent Severn Water Way is just as enjoyable on a bright spring day as it is during the hustle and bustle of the summer season.
I Help You Hunt for Bobcaygeon Real Estate.
To properly represent buyers, on the hunt for waterfront in the Central Kawartha Lakes Region, a Realtor that knows the lakes, rivers, towns and villages of the Kawartha Lakes is essential to as successful search.
I have that knowledge: it comes from years of working, and living in the Kawartha Lakes region.
Summers working at King’s Marina on Cameron Lake, (now Fenelon Falls Marina), was a great experience. As a teen, raised in Fenelon Falls, working at the local marina was a sought after job. Both local kids and the city kids who summered at the family cottage, wanted to work at the marina. Fortunately I had an in, my father was the owner.
Those years spent delivering boats to cottagers, exploring the lakes, and being sent down many small cottage roads with a truck and trailer was an education in and of itself. Often times with directions such as “follow the road until you see the farmer in his field and turn left” it was never much fun needing to back up a 1/4 mile with a boat and trailer behind the truck.
When I returned to the Kawartha Lakes as a Realtor in 1999, this past experience was a tremendous asset while rediscovering the lakes and rivers.
14 years later, previewing waterfront homes and cottages, is still a pleasurable way to spend an afternoon. The many small parks, un-opened road allowances and other public access spots that are available to all, are great places to stop and enjoy a coffee or send a text.
The Central Kawartha Lakes is my office. Making your hunt for Kawartha Lakes Water Front a smooth and trouble free experience is what I do.
Lets Talk – Send me an email or call 1-866-445-4440
These pictures are from an unopened road allowance near Bobcaygeon on Pigeon Lake. The effects of the cool spring are obvious. Check back for additional pictures as I watch the spring thaw on Pigeon Lake.
Brad Nelson – Real Estate Broker