August 10 - Fire Ban Issued for Minden Hills

At 12:35 pm today, a total fire ban was issued by Minden Hills, effective immediately and until further notice. There are no exceptions for cooking or warmth or fireworks. Individuals found burning during a fire ban may be subject to prescribed fines per by-law 16-75. To read the official fire ban notice, please see here.

July 30, 2016 - Drought Conditions in Southern Ontario

Drought conditions are spreading across southern Ontario with accumulated location-specific rainfall deficits typically between 60 and 120 millimetres. Drought conditions are likely to get worse as no significant rainfall events are forecast. Dry conditions are persisting now when summer evaporative losses from lakes are high, and when the TSW must draw down water levels in the reservoir lakes to maintain water flows in the southern portion of the Trent River basin. To keep up-to-date about TSW water level forecasts, and to inspect the water level graph for Horseshoe-Mountain Lakes (to anticipate receding water at your shoreline), periodically visit the Parks Canada water level pages linked at

July 7, 2016 - TSW Water Management Update

On July 7th, Parks Canada posted a new Water Management Update for the entire Trent Basin. It is clear that the extreme dry conditions since mid-April have caused TSW to conserve water throughout the basin and operate the system at minimum flows. It has also resulted in lower than normal levels for this date on many reservoir lakes with some already at levels normally expected in late July or early August. Read more here.

June 26, 2016 - Parks Canada to Invest Nearly $270 Million in TSW Infrastructure

Today the Minister of Democratic Institutions, Maryam Monsef, on behalf of the Minister of Environment and Climate Change (responsible for Parks Canada), announced a federal infrastructure investment of nearly $270 million to restore and improve the Trent-Severn Waterway National Historic Site. Included in this investment are an additional $3.5 million for replacement of the Horseshoe Lake dam and $3 million of new funding for refurbishment or replacement of the Twelve Mile Lake dam. Also, almost $13 million will now be budgeted for concrete rehabilitation on 17 dams throughout the Haliburton sector of the Trent-Severn Waterway. For further information, please see the Parks Canada announcement and backgrounder document here.

June 18, 2016 - Annual Meeting Update

Approximately 45 enthusiastic Mountain Lake property owners attended this year's annual meeting at the Pepper Mill, chaired by President Howard Clarke.

Guest speaker Paul MacInnes, CHA, spoke about the Love Your Lake program promoting healthy shorelines for healthy lakes. Mountain Lake property waterfronts will be assessed (from the water only) in late July 2016, and each land owner will receive a confidential report on the naturalized state of their shoreline, and suggested voluntary actions for shoreline stewardship. This important CHA initiative is endorsed by MLPOA. Healthy naturalized shorelines, and properly used and maintained septic systems, are the two most important determinants of lake water quality and overall lake health.

During the business session, your Board of Directors for 2016-2017 was elected. The names appear on the Directors page of this web site. Retiring from the Board were Lisa Kerr and Rick Denyer; joining the Board were Karen Oster and Vil Petersons. The minutes of the 2015 annual meeting and the MLPOA financial statement, presented by Treasurer Janice Rush, were approved by attendees.

During the information session, attendees heard reports from the membership chair, the Lake Steward, the clothing and merchandise director, and summer event organizers. Please see the Events page of this web site for all 2016 MLPOA event announcements. Geoff Byford spoke about the recent work of the Coalition for Equitable Water Flow (CEWF) and news from Parks Canada and TSW, and Howard Clarke provided updates from the Federation of Ontario Cottagers Associations (FOCA) and about our new-look web site.

The meeting adjourned at 12:15 pm.

May 14, 2016 - Board of Directors Meeting Update

Your Board of Directors met on Saturday May 14th, 2016 to organize the Annual Meeting of members scheduled for Saturday June 18th, to address Association business, and to plan this summer's social activities. Due to two forthcoming retirements from your Board of Directors, your Association is again seeking enthusiastic community-minded Mountain Lake property owners to join the MLPOA Board of Directors, and/or to serve our community in volunteer capacities such as road representatives, or as helpers at the picnic and golf tournament. Interested persons are encouraged to contact President Howard Clarke.

April 1, 2016 - Gull River Watershed Flood Advisory

The MNR today issued a flood advisory for the Gull River Watershed. You may access the advisory from the CEWF home page, Sand and bags are available from Minden Hills Township per the notice shown with the flood advisory.

Water Level Bulletins, Spring 2016

Mountain Lake property owners are encouraged to monitor the CEWF web site for periodic water level bulletins and any flood warnings issued during the spring freshet 2016. The first of these bulletins was posted March 30th. Also, please regularly use the link on the CEWF home page to conveniently access the Parks Canada water level graph for the Horseshoe-Mountain reservoir and other water bodies along the Gull River watershed.

August 27, 2015 - Hydro Proposal Rejected

Minden Hills Council today voted against the hydro electric generating station proposal for the Horseshoe Lake dam. To read more details, please see: Here.

June 25, 2015 - Hydro Proposal for Horseshoe Lake Dam

The Orillia Power Generation Corporation has proposed a hydro electric development at the Horseshoe Lake dam. For more information about the initial presentation to Minden Hills Council, please click on the link:

June 20, 2015 - Mountain Lake AGM Update

The 37th annual general meeting of the Mountain Lake Property Owners' Association was held at the Pepper Mill on Saturday June 20th at 10:00 am. President Howard Clarke chaired the meeting. During the business session, members received and approved the 2014-2015 year-end financial statement, and the new Board of Directors for 2015-2016 was elected. Alex Roome and Ruth Benson did not stand for re-election; Julie Achtermeier was nominated and newly elected to the Board. During the information session of the meeting, members heard various reports from Board members, about details of MLPOA summer social activities, and about community news from Reeve Brent Devolin, Minden Hills. Members from the south end of Mountain Lake brought the sea gull problem to the Board's attention. The Board will take an appropriate political action to communicate this problem to municipal authorities. Carolynn Coburn, Enviroment Haliburton, was our guest speaker. Carolynn spoke about the Suzuki Blue Dot Movement in Haliburton Highlands.

June 19, 2015 - New Investments on the Trent-Severn Waterway

The Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of the Environment and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, today announced infrastructure investments totalling more than $285 million across the Trent-Severn Waterway in Ontario. Projects include rehabilitation of the Horseshoe Lake Dam ($700 K) and concrete rehabilitation and repairs on various dams, walls and structures in the Haliburton sector ($10.6 M). To read the full announcement, click on this link.

June 2, 2015 - Mountain Lake Clothing Program for 2015

The Mountain Lake Clothing Program will be offering new, colourful and fashionable men's, lady's and children's selections again this year. Mountain Lake clothing with its distinctive loon crest fosters community pride and spirit, and clothing and merchandise revenues further support your Association's social programs and activities. For more information about the unique clothing selections this year, and how to order through Jacquie Martin, please click here..

June 1st, 2015 - Spring/Summer Newsletter

Watch your mail in the days ahead for the MLPOA Spring/Summer Newsletter. If you have not already renewed your membership, please use the form enclosed to do so. You may also present this form and renew your membership at the Annual General Meeting on Saturday June 20th at the Pepper Mill (9:30 am til noon). Your membership fees and donations support your Association's print and web site communications initiatives, pay essential expenses, and enable memorable summer social activities that are organized for Mountain Lake property owners , their families and their cottage guests.

May 11, 2015 OPP Media Release about Fraud in Haliburton

The OPP have today issued a Media Release to alert residents in Haliburton County about fraudulent telephone soliciting and scam door-to-door sales activities. Click to read the full text of the OPP Media Release here.

May 5th, 2015 - Adopt-a-Highway Crew at Work

On Sunday May 5th, your Association's volunteer Adopt-a-Highway crew beautified the stretch of Highway 35 that is the main gateway to our Mountain Lake community. It is disappointing to report that this spring there was more highway litter than in recent previous years. The crew did a remarkable job in about four hours to tidy-up the highway right of way. Lets keep our community beautiful - please put litter in its place! Kudos to our dedicated crew! Please consider helping next fall when the crew will go to work again; contact Ginny to offer your support or assistance.

May 4, 2014 - Board of Directors Meeting Update

Your Board of Directors met on Saturday May 4th 2015 to organize the Annual General Meeting scheduled for Saturday June 20th, to transact association business, plan summer activities including the Civic Holiday Weekend Picnic on Sunday August 2nd, the MLPOA Star Party on Saturday August 15th, and the MLPOA golf tournament and BBQ on Saturday August 22nd. Due to retirements from the Board of Directors, your Association is again seeking a few more enthusiastic community-minded Mountain Lake property owners to join the MLPOA Board of Directors, and/or to serve in volunteer capacities such as road representatives or helpers at the picnic. Interested persons are encouraged to contact our President Howard Clarke.

March 20, 2015 - Water Management Updates

Mountain Lake waterfront property owners are reminded that they may wish to persue water management updates from Parks Canada and the TSW. These reports and advisories monitor spring freshet conditions and may be accessed via the CEWF web site

January 7, 2015 - New Water Level Gauge on Mountain Lake

At the end of December, the TSW installed a water level staff gauge on Mountain Lake. This gauge is situated adjacent to the north end of the HWY 35 bridge on the ML side. The scale is zeroed to the level of the sill of the Horseshoe Lake dam. By correlating ML gauge readings with water levels recorded at the HL dam, TSW Water Management Operations will gleen further information about the affects of the Twelve Mile and Horseshoe dam flow rates, and of the Mirror Lake narrows on the water level differences (head) between Mountain Lake and Horseshoe Lake. The gauge will also be helpful for Mountain Lake property owners and MLPOA to better identify the preferred water level range for Mountain Lake.

November 15, 2014 - Fall/Winter 2014 Newsletter

Watch for the MLPOA Fall/Winter 2014 Newsletter that should be arriving in your mailbox in early December.

October 18, 2014 - Update from the MLPOA Board of Directors Meeting

Your Board of Directors met to discuss current issues and its initiatives, and to review the Association's social events of the past summer. Details will be outlined in the Fall/Winter 2014 Newsletter to Mountain Lake property owners. Board members were informed that membership renewals this past year were disappointing. If you have not renewed your family's membership in MLPOA, it is not too late to do so! Membership fees and donations make it possible for your Association to do so much on behalf of Mountain Lake property owners. The Fall Newsletter will elaborate on the importance of MLPOA to you! The Board also commenced planning for its proactivities and events in 2015.

May 15, 2014 - MLPOA Calendars and Calendar Photo Contest Announcement

Your Association will have a limited number of very unique Mountain Lake calendars for sale at the AGM on Saturday June 21st. The photographs are stunning! Please see the announcement herewith for more information, and for details about the new calendar photo contest click here.

May 3, 2014 - Update on MLPOA Board of Directors Meeting

Your Board of Directors convened on Saturday May 3, 2014 to transact routine business, to organize the AGM on Saturday June 21st (9:30 am at the Pepper Mill), and to finalize plans for social activities this summer. The 2014 membership campaign will commence shortly. Please support your Association again with your annual fee and perhaps a generous donation. These funds cover costs of Newsletter and web site communications, pay essential expenses such as insurance for MLPOA, and facilitate discretionary expenses such as your Association memberships in FOCA and CEWF. And watch your mail for the MLPOA Spring Newsletter with its need-to-know information about what will be happening soon in our community at Mountain Lake.

March 14, 2014 - Parks Canada Announces TSW Infrastructure Investments

Please visit the CEWF web site to link to the Parks Canada announcement concerning TSW infrastructure investments. To read more, click here

March 8, 2014 - Updates from Parks Canada

As spring approaches, please make periodic visits to Parks Canada web pages for Snow Pack and Water Level Updates (latest issued on March 7th) . Also visit the Whats New page to find updates on Water Management and Dam Operations. To access the Parks Canada Index page, click here.

March 3, 2014

Please check the Minden Hills web site periodically for news updates about current issues such as the spring melt and the OPP cost model debate. Click here.

February 27, 2014

The OPP Cost Debate may have impact upon your taxes. Read more here.

December 13, 2013

What is the water management mandate of the Trent-Severn Waterway? Read More here.

December 8, 2013

Reservoir lake water levels were higher than normal this fall. Read the CEWF update here.

November 10, 2013

The CEWF has written a 4-page analysis of the AECOM Gull River Flood Review report. Please note their observations concerning the Spring flooding on Horseshoe and Mountain Lakes. Read More Here.

November 2, 2013

AECOM 2011 Water Management Study

Parks Canada has today released the 2011 AECOM study of water management practices in the Trent-Severn watershed. The report is comprised of four volumes, and it recommends that a higher level of complexity be incorporated into an updated water management system. Read more at

November 1, 2013

Gull River Flood Review Report

The federal government commissioned professional third party review of the Gull River Flood event in the spring of 2013 has been released by Parks Canada. The Gull River Flood Review Report, October 15, 2013, prepared by AECOM Canada Ltd., is available Here.

September 20, 2013

CEWF Flood Analysis Report

The CEWF analysis report titled Observations, Conclusions and Questions Remaining re Spring 2013 Extreme Weather Events in the Upper Trent River Watershed, September 20, 2013, is posted on the CEWF website This report contains damage reports contributed by lake associations in the watershed, including a summary and testimonies from MLPOA. The Conclusions and Lessons Learned from this flood event are very noteworthy. The report was submitted by CEWF to the new Parks Canada Ontario Waterways Unit and to the TSW Water Management Advisory Council.

July 2, 2013

Smoke Haze over Cottage Country

Smoke haze from forest fires in northwestern Quebec has blown into cottage country. Read More.

June 26, 2013

ODRAP Forms for Flood Damage Now Available. Please see the Minden Hills website.

June 12, 2013

Devolin Calls for the creation of Trent Severn Water Authority.
See: Article

May 29, 2013

CEWF Update on Reservoir and Flow-Through Lake Water Levels - Article

May 10, 2013

Devolin Requests Review of Water Management Decisions by TSW - Article

May 6, 2013

Update for Community Donations for Flood Victims - Article