Conservation, Preservation and Stewardship
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Avoiding ice heave damage
Floating docksDocks with legs must be removed but floating docks can stay in the water depending on your location. Water is nature’s most powerful force and when ice forms and shifts due to wind and currents damage can be done to your dock. Some years on Kushog Lake the ice goes out gently without any fuss and other years the ice may start to go out, the wind shifts, and the full force of the ice comes back to wreak havoc. This is especially true if your home or cottage is on the east side of the lake as most of the wind comes from the west, northwest and southwest. If your waterfront bears the brunt of ice movement in the spring, it’s best to take your dock out or shelter it in a protected bay or cove. If your dock is staying in the lake, secure it to something stable like a well rooted tree and make sure there is a marker on it to identify it to snowmobilers. Each spring, there seem to be docks floating around that need to be rescued so make sure you have taken every precaution to tie it up securely and add your name and phone number to it so you can be contacted in case it still gets away from you!
New to the lake?Talk to your neighbours and find out what they do to avoid damage to their docks.
Unsecured docks are a safety hazardLoose floating docks in the spring are a major safety hazard especially at night. Make sure wherever your dock is, it is well secured and can’t come loose in the spring.