Leech Lake, Muskoka

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Tuesday, January 05, 2016

Winter Scenes on Leech Lake

Pictures were contributed Sherri Youngman:
These photos were taken in late December 2015.

Sunday, October 11, 2015

State of the Lake Project 2015

During the weekend of October 3/4 a team of 4 ecological students from Fleming College in Lindsay were on our lake to complete a project that will provide us with a status of the state of our lake in a variety of categories.

The project summary is as follows:

Ecosystem Management Program, Fleming College

A condensed State of the Lake report to include:
  • Summarized water chemistry data: conductivity, pH, alkalinity, suspended solids, turbidity, nitrates, nitrites, total phosphorus, dissolved oxygen, temperature.
  •  Comparison of the above data to Muskoka averages, and Leech Lake data from 2010 – 14.

  • Summarized data and analysis of: zooplankton and phytoplankton inventory.
  •  Comparisons of data to historical Leech Lake data and Muskoka averages.

  • Summarized data, analysis and conclusions about benthic (envertebrates/bug) census. Samples to be taken from two identified sites for comparison with Muskoka averages and historical Leech Lake data.

  • Sample 20-30 sites around Leech Lake for ecoli.

  • Develop a plan for re-naturalization of one to two demonstration sites on selected member properties. 

  • Recommend elements of a plan to communicate the importance of natural shorelines and the potential impact for the demonstration sites. 
The Team consisted of (from l to r) Peter Krzeminski -Omemee ON, Kady Bilodeau, Old Fort Bay P.Q., Meagan Walsh Alliston ON, and Sierra Vandenberg Foxboro ON
Each of the team have undergraduate degrees from Canadian universities and are continuing their ecological studies at Fleming College.
Kudos to Murray Hall for assisting the team with their data collection and Christine and Larry Jacobs for hosting the team during the project


Monday, August 10, 2015

Leech Lake Regatta August 2, 2015

The weather co-operated and 80-90 individuals enjoyed a fun filled event.

Thanks to Diane O'Hara and her committee for organizing and all those volunteers that pitched in to ensure a successful event. Also thanks to those that made financial contributions to ensure success. Below are a few of the pictures to illustrate the fun of the day.


Sunday, August 09, 2015

Loon Experiences

Last weekend (Simcoe Day) I was at the cottage (one of the few this summer). On Saturday I went out at 6:00 am and went around most of the lake starting at the point road across from us. About 7:00 am I was making my way to the small island on the south shore intending to go between the island and the shore. The loon family was in the narrow channel and when I cautiously entered they made their way out to more open water. I sat and watched them for a couple of minutes and then started to make my way home when all of a sudden three adult loons flew in. All six loons congregated in a circle and a couple spread their wings. Then they began dipping into the water and then all would dive. They would come up and repeat this ritual. It was quite an experience. We have seen this loon ritual once before many years ago in the fall.   

The next morning, Sunday started out and went to the point and then headed east. I was right out in front of Shepherd's cottage concentrating on the shore etc. I turned to direct the kayak south east and there beside me was the loon family. The baby was only about 20 feet away and did not seem too concerned. Nor did the adults seem alarmed that I was so close. I just kept moving along so to give them plenty of space. 

Unfortunately I did not have my  camera with me on either occasion. However I do have those two encounters in my mind’s eye.

 Alan Greenwood

Baby Loon at 3 Months

This is a picture of our Baby Loon at three Months. Picture taken by Barry Shepherd

Wednesday, July 08, 2015

LL Loon Feeding

This excellent picture was taken Juy1, 2015 by Barry Shepherd

LL Bug Count 2015

A reminder of the Bug Count this weekend on Saturday July 11th, 2015.

Muck collection @ 9:15am (limited spots on boat), Bug count @ 10:00am at Hembling / McCoy's cottage 1037 Lakeshore N (right side).
Children & Youth Prizes for counters. High School students will earn Volunteer Hours. BBQ lunch served for volunteers. 

RVSP so we know # prizes for kids food. Pls specify any special dietary needs.

vmccoy@rogers.com, or text 416-500-6995.

If you don’t RVSP – we still welcome walk-in’s; will do our best to accommodate all.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Early Morning Pictures

If you looked up beautiful and serene in the dictionary you might find these pictures beside the definition.

Photos by Barry Shepherd

Trophy Fish

Recently there were some sizeable fish caught on Leech Lake.

The first picture is Bill Hampton with a 5lb rainbow.

The second is Bradley (a 10 yr old renter) with the 4 1/2 lb. rainbow he caught by himself with coaching from Bill.

The 3rd is a 2 1/2 lb. bass that was returned to the lake.



Monday, March 24, 2014

Wolves on Leech Lake

The following is evidence of wolves/coyotes in our area. Pictures are by Ian Stewart.

On Sunday March 23rd about 5:00 pm, two brushwolves/coywolves crossed the lake from approximately the Henze residence area, on the south road, and continued around the point.  30 min later another followed. Later as I took pictures of the paw prints in the snow about 100ft from shore, I couldn't help but feel that I was being watched,  kind of an eerie feeling to say the least. I was sure to leave my snowmobile running just in case.
The coywolves  would be approx 70lbs, and would stand about 25" at its shoulders.