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Upper Rideau Lake Association

Box 67, Westport, ON, K0G 1X0
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The Upper Rideau Lake Association (URLA)
is a non-profit volunteer organization of seasonal and permanent residents, holiday lake users, and residents of the village of Westport, interested in promoting and protecting the natural environment of the Upper Rideau. The Association a strong voice to its members in regional bodies governing the lake and participates with other lake associations in projects and alliances.

We are involved in Water quality, Environmental Programs, Fisheries Studies, Monitoring of aquatic vegetation and exotic weed growth, Projects to address nutrient abatement and Research programs that allow us to gain a better understanding of the dynamics of the lake and the source of any pollutants. Other activities are navigational markers,  Shoreline restoration, Septic field inspections and our Newsletter. For more information and to join us visit urla.ca

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Benefits of membership

Benefits of membership

You can help keep our lake beautiful and save money on exclusive member benefits

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Individuals and their families who are members of the URLA receive the FOCA benefits which could save you thousands. Your membership helps keep our lake beautiful through efforts to reduce pollution.


LogoNameJoin or renew now. You do not need to be a lakefront property owner. Membership is open to everyone who cares about our lake. Join or renew your URLA membership online now through our partnership with FOCA: Click here.


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Calendars, events, attractions, restaurants, day trips and more.




Water quality, Shoreline restoration, Marker program, Fishing and hunting. A pristine lake enables everyone to enjoy their property and share this amazing experience with future generations.


FOCA logoFOCA Federation of Ontario Cottage Associations acts as an information bridge between policy-makers and property owners on significant issues, including:
The long-term environmental integrity of Ontario’s freshwater resources
Fair property taxation
Effective land use planning
Risk management for volunteer groups
Rural safety and emergency preparedness in the face of extreme weather developments in recent years


Latest news
URLA News letters:
Public Awareness and Education: Provide information to our members and the public via our newsletter and public meetings (both AGM and special purpose meetings).


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History of the lake

Information on heritage walking tours and a selection of historical image



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Ideas to keep your kids entertained and interested in nature.



Latest news

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  • Hazardous waste The Orange Drop - Monthly        Events      Garbage Hazardous waste The Orange Drop program provides Ontario residents with a free, safe and easy way to dispose of household products that require special handling. Fully funded by industry, this network of convenient drop-off sites accepts five materials. The objective of the Orange Drop Program is to recover and recycle, or … Continue reading Hazardous waste The Orange Drop
  • Survey results - We received 165 responses to our survey last year. 54%  were in favour of stocking the lake with walleye and we have given this information the the Ministry of Natural Resources. It is just one of the factors that will inform their decision. A Fishing derby was the most requested event with 35 people interested. … Continue reading Survey results
  • URLA Newsletter Feb. 2019 - Our Feb 2019 newsletter is available HERE A fire in Westport Jan. 18 destroyed the Fredenburgh House Subscribe to email updates from URLA We received 165 responses to our survey last year Early bird discounts for boaters are here until March 31, 2019! 2019 FISHING DATES AND LIMITS Veterans fish free Ice Fishing Season is Here … Continue reading URLA Newsletter Feb. 2019
  • Subscribe to the URLA News blog and it will be emailed as soon as it is posted. - Find out what is happening around the lake and see our latest posts. If the links below do not work click HERE.  
  • 2019 Fishing dates and limits - Below are the zone wide season limits. Click HERE for species exceptions. Zone-wide Seasons and Limits Atlantic Salmon Season: closed all year Brook Trout Season: open all year Limits: S-5 and C-2 Brown Trout Season: open all year Limits: S-5 and C-2 Channel Catfish Season: open all year Limits: S-12 and C-6 Crappie Season: open … Continue reading 2019 Fishing dates and limits
  • Two minute aerial tour of the Rideaucanal around Upper Rideau Lake - Take a Two minute airial tour. of the Rideau canal around Upper Rideau Lake.
  • Cottage Life’s best ways to test ice thickness - As a kid, I usually sent my baby brother onto the ice to test its thickness. Miraculously, he never died. Less perilous…MORE
  • Rick Mercer on the Rideau Canal - Rick travels through the historic Rideau Canal from Smiths Falls to Ottawa, ON, operating locks along the way.   https://youtu.be/ju_nYn6BALA
  • Thank you COVE INN - Gold sponsor The Cove Inn has supported the URLA for many years. It hosts our board meetings and even provides free coffee. THANK YOU! The Cove has two adjoining waterside locations for accommodations, both of which were built in the late 19th Century. They are the Fredenburgh House overlooking the Upper Rideau Lake and the … Continue reading Thank you COVE INN
  • URLA Update - Great canal journeys – Rideau canal This is the Le Boat tour Proposal to establish a hunting season for double-crested cormorants in Ontario Minimum ice thickness Precedent-Setting Ruling on the Canoe Jack Cook Follow us on social media

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