Protecting & Preserving Kushog Lake
Twp of Algonquin Highlands
Haliburton Ontario



The Kushog Lake Property Owners Association is a community based organization whose mission is to promote, amongst all Kushog Lake waterfront property owners and all those who use the lake, the conservation and preservation of our natural lake environment and its surrounding area for the enjoyment of our community now and for generations to come, and to address common lake interests that unite us.


Voting Membership is $35 per waterfront property per year and includes 2 issues of the Kushog Lake Newsletter. All waterfront property owners on Kushog Lake are automatically members of KLPOA but only members who have paid the $35 annual membership fee are eligible to vote.

Gift Subscriptions are $10 each and are a great way to let multiple owners, your kids and grandkids know what's happening on the lake.

Associate Memberships are $10 for anyone who wants to receive the Kushog Lake Newsletters and emails but who doesn't own Kushog Lake waterfront property.


Mail: Kushog Lake Property Owners Association, 1117 Graham's Lane, Algonquin Highlands, K0M 1J2

Facebook: Find KLPOA at the Kushog Lake Property Owners Association Group & Friends of Kushog Lake Page for the latest news.

Email KLPOA at kushoglake@gmail.com to be added to our email list.

To join KLPOA, download the membership form and mail it in to us with your cheque for $35 or
 make an Interac e-Transfer.

Download a copy of the 2015-16 Membership Form


The Kushog Lake Newsletter is usually published twice per year. One subscription is included with membership and is mailed to the home address of the about 500 property owners. Gift subscriptions are $10 each per year. Please call, write or email if you have suggestions, submissions, or would like to advertise or would like a .pdf copy.

To advertise in The Kushog Lake Newsletteremail info@kushoglake.org or call 
Norma Goodger (705) 489-2966.

Click here to download a copy of our latest newsletter
Kushog Lake 2015
See details below
Sponsored by Kushog Lake Property Owners Association 

Stanhope Firefighters Community Hall - North Shore Rd off Hwy 35

FUN GOLF SCRAMBLE - Sat. July 11th, 2015 at 10 am
Lakeside Golf Club - Hwy 118

KUSHOG LAKE PICNIC - Sat. August 1st, 2015 - 11 am to 3 pm
Pine Spring Valley Resort - Hwy 35 at Pine Springs

REGATTA - Sat. August 8th, 2015 - 10 am to 4 pm
Kushog Marina - 1486 Kushog Lake Road


Stanhope Firefighters Community Hall - North Shore Rd off Hwy 35
Refreshments at 9 am Meeting: 9:30 am to noon
• Shoreline Classification & Restoration Project - Paul MacInnes, Chair of CHA
• Latest Algonquin Highlands news - Reeve Carol Moffatt
• Update on KLPOA’s Research Projects
Copies of Poop Talk, a video about keeping your septic system healthy and reducing the pollution into our lake, will be available for purchase at $13 each.
Door Prize: 2 tickets to any Highlands Summer Festival production

FUN GOLF SCRAMBLE - Sat. July 11th, 2015 - 10 am (rain or shine)
Lakeside Golf Club - Hwy 118, 11.5 km east of Carnarvon
* $35 per person - includes 9 holes of golf, luncheon & fun, fun, fun.
* Bring a minimum $10 wrapped fift for each person in your group. Each participant will then receive a gift.
To register contact: Milton Sheppard at 705-489-2950 by July 1st.

KUSHOG LAKE PICNIC - Sat. August 1st, 2015 -  11 am to 3 pm
Pine Spring Valley Resort - Hwy 35 at Pine Springs
• Land & Water Activities for Kids & Adults
• Decorated Boat Contest: Sail Past at 11 am
• Display your crafts & hobbies for sale
Bring some money for refreshments and crafts (and your membership). Also bring lawn chairs, bathing suits, your neighbours and friends,


REGATTA - Sat. August 8th, 2015 10 am - 4 pm
Kushog Marina - 1486 Kushog Lake Road
• See what’s new in marine equipment and water toys
• Paddle boards, kayak ad swift canoe water testing
• Wake-boarding or ski demonstrations by Summer Water Sports (by appointment)
Paul & Tammy will provide hot dogs and pop. Call them at 705-489-4519 or check www.kushogmarina.ca for updates.

"Life on Kushog Lake" Photo Contest

Categories: • Fun at the Lake • Nature & Wildlife • Pets at the Lake • Kids - photos taken by kids

To Enter: eMail your high-res photos to info@kushoglake.org        Deadline: August 31st

Winners will be announced in the Fall newsletter.                         Prizes provided by Kushog Marina Inc.

Photo Contest Rules & Regulations
• Family must be a paid-up member of KLPOA to enter
• Entrants must name each photo and assign a category
• Limit of 3 submissions per category
• Photos must be high resolution and submitted by email
• By entering this contest you are agreeing to the following rules

ELIGIBILITY: Contest is open to members of the Kushog Lake Property Owners Association. Entrants 15 years of age or younger must have consent from their parent or legal guardian to enter this contest. In the event it is discovered that you entered without consent from your parent or legal guardian, all entries will be void.

SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS:  You must have taken the Photo that you submit for the contest. The submitted Photo must never have been previously published, exhibited publicly, or selected as a winner in any other contest and only amateur photographers are eligible (defined as a person who has never earned more than $1,000 in any year for photography). Photos must be taken on Kushog Lake or property connected to the lake.  Entries not complying with these contest rules will be disqualified. Each Photo can be entered in one category only; entrants can enter up to three photos per category.

WINNER SELECTION By accepting a prize, winner agrees that their Photo becomes the property of KLPOA. Winner grants KLPOA the right in perpetuity to publish and use winner’s Photo, as is or as may be edited in KLPOA’s sole discretion, accompanied by winner’s full name and city of residence in any advertising and promotion by KLPOA without further compensation, including but not limited to KLPOA’s newsletters and website.

Healthy Shoreline Project -Summer 2015

Excellent water quality is critical to both the recreational and economic value of all shoreline properties. Shoreline ecology specialists recommend that 75 percent of a lake’s shorelines be maintained in a natural state to support healthy lake ecosystems and the high level of water quality Haliburton County is famous for. Unfortunately, manicured and fertilized lawns right to the water’s edge have a detrimental effect on natural shoreline water filtering. With excessive amounts of nutrients flowing into the lake, the chances of outbreaks of algae blooms are greatly increased.

To determine where we are now, in order to decide what needs to be done in the future and how to get there, Kushog Lake is participating in a shoreline classification project. Beginning in June 2015, the project will assess the degree to which natural shorelines have been displaced through shoreline development. Once assessments have been carried out by a team of evaluators trained by Professor Tom Whillans of Trent University in Peterborough and certified through the “Love Your Lake” Program, each participating shoreline property owner will be provided with a confidential report on their shoreline’s status.

In addition, owners will have access to confidential recommendations for potential renaturalization options they may wish to consider. These options will focus on increasing the amount of natural shoreline area and will be compatible with traditional shoreline activities. The report will also contain links to native plant material sources as well as advice and support resources for renaturalization work. Naturally, it will be up to the individual property owner to decide what, if any, work they wish to undertake.

The shoreline classifications undertaken on individual waterfront properties are strictly confidential and are not made available to anyone other than the actual property owner. Only aggregate summary information on the status of the shoreline around Kushog Lake will be made available to the Association executive and the CHA. This summary information will be used to guide future activities in support of the 75 percent natural shoreline target.

Grants from Trillium Foundation and HCDC will cover most of the costs associated with the shoreline classifications. KLPOA will contribute approximately $2.50 per property plus the cost of accommodation for the evaluators, as well as the boats and volunteer crews needed to transport the team around the lake.

Once all the data collected this summer has been analyzed, property owners will be provided with a website address and password to access their individual classification results, and all associated reference material.

If you have any questions about anything having to do with the shoreline classification project, please get in touch with Norma Goodger at 705-489-2966.

Our Wish List..  
CEWF Preferred Water Levels Initiative Spring 2015

In 2011 the Coalition for Equitable Water Flow (CEWF) launched an initiative that encourages individual member lake associations  to define ‘preferred water levels’ during the navigation season. 

Why is CEWF doing this?
Simply put CEWF recognizes that Trent Severn Waterway (TSW), the water management agency, does not have lake specific information on the impacts of high and low water levels during the navigation season. CEWF believes that the TSW water management plan should be able to reflect the unique characteristics of each of the reservoir and flow‐through (RaFT) lakes and be able to take into account lake‐specific constraints. These constraints may include limits to safe navigation or water access as well as environmental concerns relating to wetlands and wildlife habitat.
Managing Multiple Constraints
TSW has a very challenging task that requires the consideration of multiple constraints across the watershed. Preferred water levels (PWL) on the reservoir lakes may not be achievable if other constraints take precedence (e.g. flood control, maintaining minimum navigation levels on the canal, and meeting minimum flow requirements for public safety of drinking water and sewage treatment in municipalities downstream). Accordingly, CEWF recognizes that the identification of PWLs may raise unrealistic expectations; however CEWF believes it is important that individual lake community parameters are documented so that they can be considered in a comprehensive water management model and accommodated when and where possible.
In particular CEWF recognizes that many reservoirs are lake trout lakes and their levels need to be at their minimum, winter set level, by mid-October in order to protect the trout spawn. To achieve these levels in a timely manner the TSW draws the lakes down in September and they normally complete all log operations by October 1st. 

General Approach
The current ‘equal percentage draw‐down’ approach used by the TSW is expected to remain the underlying water management operating principle but with some enhancements. For example, in early spring it might be appropriate initially to have a linear drawdown on all lakes to achieve the upper limit of the preferred range as evenly and as quickly as possible in order to minimize shoreline erosion.

In wet years the subsequent drawdown would be designed to take only the water needed for TSW to meet its mandate, to provide adequate flows through the flow‐through lakes, and to protect the RaFT lakes from shoreline flooding and erosion.

In dry years the drawdown would be designed to incorporate appropriate conservation measures throughout the system while maintaining adequate flows for the TSW to meet its mandate and to protect public health. It is understood that significant operational changes in water management may require simulation studies by TSW to ensure that the overall impact of any changes will provide a net benefit to the overall system and its stakeholders.

The Process
Initially, each participating association is asked to develop a synopsis of their issues and the proposed ‘preferred water levels’ based on measurable criteria. CEWF is coordinating this process and is integrating the results for transmission to the TSW and subsequent discussion once there is evidence of community support.


Most Significant Impacts of Fluctuating Water Levels on Kushog Lake:
Water Levels “too high”
• Low-lying properties flooded; foundations weakened, basements flooded
• Shoreline erosion greatly increased; boat wakes run further up shoreline
• Ice damage more likely
• Wetlands swamped – nests flooded, habitat degraded
• Clearance at Ox Narrows bridge reduced, even restricted
• Unmarked navigational hazards hidden
• Shoreline debris floats away and may present boating hazard
• Docks become detached from shore
Water Levels “too low”
• Difficulty navigating between Kushog and St. Nora Lakes
• Water intake lines may not be long enough to provide water; prone to freezing and/or ‘suck air’ – especially in areas with shallow shorelines
• Unmarked navigational hazards created eg rocks in channel leading to Buckslide Dam
• Wetlands dry out
• Boats and docks may become marooned on dry shoreland
Lake Levels rising in June (after normal seasonal high)
• Loon nests become inundated
• Wetland habitat degraded in prime breeding season for aquatic wildlife
Lake Levels falling in October
• Trout spawning bed at Ox Narrows can dry out exposing eggs

Kushog Lake Specific Concerns:
Loon Nesting: KLPOA participates in the Canadian Loon Survey and is very concerned about the decline in the loon population on Kushog Lake. Loons return as soon as the ice is out – mid April. Usually one or two eggs are laid in late May or June, and incubation of eggs generally lasts 26-28 days (through July). If the water level rises after the eggs are laid, the nest may become flooded; if the water level drops, the loons may not be able to ‘walk’ to the nest and the eggs are more vulnerable to predators. To mitigate the unstable water levels on Kushog Lake, a number of loon nesting platforms have been installed.
Lake Trout Spawning: Lake Trout spawn at Ox Narrows, a protected area. KLPOA is very concerned about the health of our lake trout population and has observed and recorded spawn activity almost daily during spawning season for the past 6 years. Flow affects the build-up of silt – KLPOA has twice cleaned silt off the spawning beds. We recognize that TSW and MNR work together to ensure an appropriate water level over the spawning beds during this time and encourage this continued cooperation.
Kushog Lake Preferred Water Level Limits:
Upper Preferred Water Level Limit: The historic average high is 3.1 meters. We have had a recognized agreement with TSW that Kushog Lake only be filled to 95% (3 meters) which we would like respected going forward.
Lower Preferred Water Level Limit: The Lake Trout spawning beds at Ox Narrows need to be covered during spawning season (mid-October to mid-November) and then have the level rise slightly to protect the eggs. Thus a lowest level of 1.45 meters (which is the historic average low) is requested. 

Kushog Lake Specific Seasonal Adjustments:
Winter Set Level: TSW reference is 4 logs in place, 1.22 meters, 0% full. The average level from December 1st to January 31st has been 1.7 meters. What happens next has been very dependent on the weather. 
Spring: A rapid water level increase during April and May (from the winter set level to 95%) would get the water level up before the loons nest and before property owners position their docks.
Summer: A gradual drawdown from 95% (3 meters) to 2.3 meters during the months of May, June, July and August would provide a relatively stable shoreline during the navigation season.
Fall: A rapid drawdown to a low of 1.35 meters during September and early October would prepare the spawning beds for the trout to spawn. After the spawn is finished, a slight increase to protect the eggs would prepare for winter.


KLPOA has enjoyed a respectful and cooperative relationship with TSW over many years. KLPOA recognizes the challenges that TSW faces in satisfying the needs and demands of its many competing constituents. We appreciate that we are now being notified of forecasted changes in water level – this is critical to our being able to notify our property owners when they need to plan to protect their property. The installation of a new automated water level measuring gauge at the Buckslide Dam may assist the TSW with making more timely adjustments.

Our wish is that Kushog Lake not be filled over 95%, that the level remain relatively stable during the summer months, that the level not drop after the lake trout spawn, and that we be kept informed when rapid changes are anticipated. 

KLPOA Wants Your Input!
Do you agree with the recommendations stated above? If so, please check the “I agree” box on your membership form. If you have comments or concerns (or better ideas that might actually be considered) please let us know on the back of your membership form, or give Norma a call.

Kushog Lake Planning

The Kushog Lake Plan Summary June 2010 contains the most significant information from Kushog Lake: Past, Present & Future, which captures extensive details about the lake. The detailed document has sold out (over 175 copies) but you can download a copy of the summary, which contains 40 pages of information, maps and pictures. The summary with it's Action Plan was approved by the membership at the AGM in June 2010.

Lake planning is a process and so the production of a Kushog Lake Management Plan is only one large step in an on-going community effort to maintain and enhance the natural, social and physical environment that is the Kushog experience.

Download a copy of the Kushog Lake Plan Summary