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  • 18 Apr 2022 12:55 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Shared by Paul MacInnes - Chair: Coalition of Haliburton Property Owners Associations.

    "This article is the best overview of a proper septic Inspection I have seen. The author is widely recognized as one of the top septic experts in North America. Is this how your system was inspected?"

    Pump the Tank at the End of the Inspection.pdf


  • 5 Apr 2022 8:50 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    Spring is here, and so is this years copy of the Raven Lake Newsletter! 

    Download your 2022 Raven Lake Cottagers' Association Newsletter here.


  • 4 Apr 2022 11:26 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Dear Raven Lake Cottagers’ Association Members,

    On behalf of the RLCA Landing Committee we would like to share some exciting news about the progress of docking project at the Landing.

    The Raven Lake Dock Association’s (RLDA) vendor, R&J Machine has completed the construction of the first phase of docks, and they are now ready to be installed as soon as the ice is gone from the lake this spring. The initial installation will provide 40 slips which the 76 RLDA members will be sharing to start the 2022 cottage season.

    On March 29th a rezoning application to permit the RLDA docks to extend up to a maximum of 176' from shore and accommodate a maximum of 96 boat slips for Raven Lake Water Access Residents was heard at the Lake of Bays (LoB) Council meeting.

    Council unanimous voted to approve the LoB Staff Report recommending the approval of the rezoning application.

    During the council meeting, on behalf of the RLDA, the Landing Committee committed to continuing to work with our neighbours near the landing to ensure concerns about the project are addressed:

    • Keeping the overall length of the docking project to a minimum, and to keep the 4 main docks as close to uniform lengths as possible
      • The RLDA has contacted the docking vendor, the layout of the docks and slips in second phase has been changed to be more rectangular and uniform in length, and the shorter main dock has been placed at north end of the project.
    • No additional lighting is included in the project in order to protect the night sky / dark sky in 5 Mile Bay
    • RLDA will assist with re-naturalization of the shoreline where possible, appropriate, and allowed by the MNRF
    • A working group has been established with the residents located near the landing to tackle some of the common neighbourly behaviour issues at the landing (ie. lighting, car lights, noise, boating, wakes, etc)

    LoB published the rezoning approval on April 4th; the Landing Committee is continuing to work with our planning consultant and with the LoB Planning and Building departments to submit the development permit application and building permit applications for the second phase of the project.

    Once the necessary approvals are in place the main docks will be extended and slips will be installed for each of the 76 RLDA members.

    The Landing Committee hopes that everyone is as excited as we are about how quickly and successfully the project has progressed since last fall. The RLCA Board of Directors, numerous Past Presidents, and volunteers on the Landing Committee have been working to see this project come to life since 2007. With the former stick docks removed, a new organized and centralized docking system installed, boating traffic removed from the shallow and environmentally sensitive areas and a large portion of the shoreline able to return to a natural state the whole Raven Lake community will be able to enjoy a much-improved situation at the landing this spring.

    If you have any questions or concerns about the RLDA project, please reach out to the landing committee.

    Sincerely,

    The RLCA Landing Committee

    Sean Hungerford, Scott Lewis, Graham Donald, Ross Lawrence, Mike Wlodek, Peter Hungerford, George Kenins, Craig Stoyles, Tom Wilson

    Z 04-22 (Raven Lake Dock Assoc.) Notice of Passing.pdf


  • 31 Mar 2022 3:39 PM | Graham Donald (Administrator)

    By Sue Tiffin, Minden Times, March 29, 2022

    Councillors passed the township’s 2022 budget last week. The budget includes $14.6 million in total expenditures, $5.9 million which will come from property taxation. This represents a levy increase of 4.16 per cent over last year, for a 2.33 per cent increase in the municipal tax rate. This equates to an estimated overall increase of $14.94 for every $100,000 of assessment for residential properties.

    “Changes approved in final deliberations resulted in an overall decrease in reserves of 31.5 per cent, but remaining funds should be considered a reasonable reserve balance for a municipality of this size,” said Jean Hughes, treasurer, in her report to council on March 17. “It was noted that the township is facing significant infrastructure needs going forward, and continued use of reserves without replenishing must be considered.”

    Some budget highlights include the Dorset Recreation Centre’s mould remediation project, the continued reconfiguration of Maple Lake’s landfill, and improvements planned for the Stanhope Airport.

    The final budget summary is available to view at algonquinhighlands.civicweb.net


  • 30 Mar 2022 2:49 PM | Graham Donald (Administrator)

    Canadian Navigable Waters Act

    The Raven Lake Dock Association hereby gives notice that a submission has been added to the Navigable Waters Registry pursuant to the Canadian Navigable Waters Act for public comment described herein and its site and plans.

    Pursuant to paragraph 10(1)(b) of the said Act, the Raven Lake Dock Association has deposited with the Minister of Transport, on the on-line Common Project Search Registry (http://cps.canada.ca/) and under Registry Number 5319, a description of the following work, its site and plans:

    The installation of new floating docks consisting of 4 - 6 foot wide piers and attached 4 foot wide fingers to create up to 96 boat slips each having dimensions of 22 feet x11 feet

    in, on, over, under, through or across

    RAVEN LAKE

    at 21624 Highway 35 opposite Shoe Lake Rd. about 3 km. south of Dorset

    Comments regarding the effect of this work on marine navigation can be sent through the Common Project Search site mentioned above under the Comment section (search by the above referenced number) or if you do not have access to the internet, by sending your comments directly to:

    Peter Hungerford, 1732 Mater Drive Sarnia Ontario N7S3S5 TEL. 519-331-2098

    Note that comments will be considered only if they are received not later than 30 days after the publication of this notice.

    Posted at RLCA Web Site this 30th day of March, 2022

    Peter Hungerford

    (Peter B. Hungerford)

    Transport Canada (TC) will not make your comments on a project available to the public on the online public registry. However, any information related to a work is considered as unclassified public record and could be accessible upon legal request. As such, the information and records provided should not contain confidential or sensitive information. If you want to provide confidential or sensitive information that you think should not be made public, please contact TC before submitting it.


  • 21 Mar 2022 2:22 PM | Graham Donald (Administrator)

    We have some good news about the public docks at the Raven Lake Landing.

    As many of you have commented, the public docks by the boat ramp have not been well maintained by the municipality in recent years and damaged sections have not been replaced.

    Along with residents on the lake, the Raven Lake Cottagers' Association has raised concerns about this numerous times with the municipalities of Algonquin Highlands and Lake of Bays. More recently, members of the RLCA Landing Committee have also contacted the municipalities in this regard.

    In early March, the township of Algonquin Highlands Council approved funds ($34,000) for replacing the public docks on both sides of the Raven Lake Boat Launch.

    On behalf of the community, the RLCA Landing Committee has been in touch with the Algonquin Highlands Parks Director to request that these new docks be installed as soon as possible this spring.

    More good news arrived yesterday when we received confirmation that the new docks have now been purchased and will be installed right away on top of the ice. Ramps to the new docks will be installed soon after and all of the work will likely be completed around the time that the ice goes out.

    The municipality provided us with the image below of a similar installation.

    We all look forward to these improved (and safer) facilities at the Raven Lake Public Launch!

    Fresh off the ice! The new Raven Lake Public Landing docks were delivered on March 23rd. 


  • 21 Mar 2022 10:35 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    On March 29th, 2022 at 9.00 a.m. the Raven Lake Dock Association (RLDA) application for rezoning to enable the installation of Phase 2 of the new docking project will be considered by the Township of Lake of Bays (LoB) Council.

    RLCA & RLDA members should be aware that after the required notice of the rezoning was distributed the Township has received objections to the rezoning from some of the cottagers near the landing.  These objections will be taken into account by the Council at the upcoming March 29th hearing, along with a Township staff report and recommendation, the Planning Justification Report prepared by the RLDA's planner, and any other comments received from circulated government agencies or the public.  Members of the public are also entitled to attend the hearing and submit verbal comments.

    We believe that LoB will approve our application, as it is in the public interest and has been formulated to conform to the requirements of the MNRF. 

    The Landing Committee encourages you to demonstrate that members of our lake community fully support the approval of this rezoning that is needed for Phase 2 of the dock project to proceed. A copy of the re-zoning notice as well as a letter of support submitted on behalf of the RLCA Board, Landing Committee and RLDA members are attached here for your reference.

    To share feedback about the rezoning application (Z04/22 LOB, 21624 Highway 35, Roll No. 030-003-02900) with the Township of Lake of Bays, please reach out to Ms. Best-Sararas.

    Thank You.

    Members of the RLCA Landing Committee

    Sean Hungerford; Scott Lewis; Graham Donald; Mike Wlodek; Ross Lawrence; George Kenins; Tom Wilson; Peter Hungerford; Craig Stoyles

    RLDA Zoning Notice.pdf

    RLCA Letter of Support for RLDA Rezoning Application.pdf

  • 28 Oct 2021 9:28 AM | Graham Donald (Administrator)

    On the evening of October 27, close to 70 members of the Raven Lake community gathered online with the 9-member Raven Lake Cottage Association Landing Committee to receive an update on the progress to date on the landing dock project as well as to discuss the process going forward.

    This committee of the Raven Lake Cottagers' Association is responsible for managing the new subsidiary organization, the Raven Lake Dock Association, as it works to secure legal docking at the landing.

    The slides presented by the committee at the meeting cover all of the details so far, address many of the community's questions, and also list many questions that will be addressed in the months ahead.

    You can download and review the RLDA Virtual Q & A slides here:

    RLDA Virtual QA Session - Oct.27.pdf



  • 20 Oct 2021 12:53 PM | Graham Donald (Administrator)

    “Pulling up stakes, pardner?”

    In a scene John Wayne himself could have starred in, settlers stood together, surrounded by roots they had put down over the years, visibly dismayed at being “run outta Dodge by the sheriff”. With the days of happily gliding in to hitch their “horses” to a familiar post now gone, even the wet and wild winds suggested dark days ahead.

    “Been a-comin’ fer years, you know; it had to be. But it ain’t the end of the world; better days lie ahead.” a vaguely familiar voice said. “Here, let me give you a hand, friend...”

    Exactly who spoke those words nobody was quite sure, but just like that, just like always, the community started coming together. The mood brightened, hammers and saws rang out, the sun appeared, other settlers arrived and a few hours later many familiar hitching posts had vanished. A little wistful, but smiling just the same, they looked out together over a long-obscured shoreline reasserting itself.

    “Ya know, those old things, they were some ugly. Rickety. Death traps, even; ours was for sure. I’m surprised the sheriff didn’t act sooner. Who’d a thought so much could disappear in a morning?”

    Dirty hands hanging at their sides, the settlers looked out to where their stakes used to be, then down the shore where others still stood, waiting to go.

    “Just a few days ago we were all plenty upset about the situation, feeling hard done by, the cost, the timing ‘n all. Hopeless.”  The voice continued. “Rumours, a lot of blamin’ goin’ on, pretty desperate really. But when I heard about the Plans ‘n how much better things are gonna be for everyone, ‘n see how much we’ve got done already... ya, it’s not gonna be cheap ‘n time’s a tickin’, but we’ve seen what this community can do when we all put our shoulders to the wheel.”

    Assuming the one standing next to them had spoken their thoughts, heads nodded.

    “Not hopeless now, though. Friends and neighbours will step up soon ‘nuff, once they see what got done today. Nobody we know is gonna leave it to others to clean up their mess; that’s not how we do things here. Right?”

    For the record: while these photos document the 4 hrs spent removing the longest stick dock from the landing, others were already gone or being removed at the same time. Inspired as we were by our Raven Lake friends, we hope this little bit of fun encourages other stick dockers  to “git ‘er gone”.  RLCA needs us all to remove docks and boats from the landing in order to secure a legal Land Use Permit from MNRF, so that we never again have to worry about our cottage access.

    –– Harry Wilson



  • 20 Oct 2021 12:36 PM | Graham Donald (Administrator)


    We'd like to thank the many of you who have managed to get out on some wet weekends with all your tools and trailers to dismantle and haul away your old docks. It's great to see the shoreline opening up. There are still many docks remaining, but most appear still to be in use and we're hopeful that they will be gone soon too.



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