URLA email update


August 1, 2019

The Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF)- Kemptville district has provided the URLA with its decision on fisheries management options for our lake.  Readers will recall the the MNRF was considering introducing significant numbers of Walleye fry and reducing the numbers of existing fish (largely bass), to help these introduced fish to grow to adult-hood.

The MNRF received input from the public, and from the URLA, and others, including the Algonquins of Ontario, the FMZ 18 Advisory Council, and the Westport Area Outdoor Association.  (The MNRF also made a presentation to our 2018 AGM.)

This input supported the importance of the Lake’s naturally-reproducing Walleye population.  At the same time, the input also highlighted the interest of bass and pan fish anglers, among others, and their concerns with Walleye rehabilitation efforts, which have potential to impact this fishery.

The Ministry supports an adaptive management approach to managing the diverse fishery of Upper Rideau Lake.  For a Walleye rehabilitation stocking effort to succeed, fish from a rocky shoal/shoreline spawning Walleye strain are required.  However, this strain cannot currently be produced in sufficient numbers at the Ministry’s local fish hatchery due to limited capacity.

Accordingly, the introduction of Walleye by the MNRF into the Lake is being indefinitely postponed until and unless the Ministry is able to produce the required stock and number of Walleye fry.  (However, Walleye provided by the Westport Area Outdoor Association will be introduced into the Lake to help maintain a small population.  MNRF reports that this fish stocking is not expected to affect the Lake’s bass population. )

In sum, the Ministry will not be changing the Upper Rideau Lake fishery objectives at this time, and any future changes would require further consultation with potentially impacted stakeholders and Indigenous communities.

Should readers have any questions, they should be addressed to

Mr. Joffre Cote

Management Biologist

MNRF, Kemptville District

10-1 Campus Drive,

Kemptville Ontario

K0G 1J0




The owner of lot on the North Shore Road will be repairing environmental damage to the property after the building of a path to the shore last month.


New Water Samplers

More pictures here: New Volunteer Water Samplers.pdf


Stay safe this summer: stay on the trails!

July 19:  RVCA Public Service Announcement

It’s a great time to be outdoors, but be aware: certain pests and poisonous plants are getting in on the action, too.

As you hit the trails, remember to stay on the path and dress appropriately to protect against ticks, poison ivy, wild parsnip and other hazards.


Black-legged ticks are on the rise in Eastern Ontario and can carry Lyme disease, which is passed to humans through tick bites. Left untreated, Lyme can cause chronic neurological and physical problems including memory loss, mobility issues and heart conditions.

But don’t let that keep you inside! Reasonable precautions should prevent most tick bites. When you’re in the woods, stay on the path, wear long pants and sleeves, tuck your pants into your socks and use bug spray with DEET or picaridin. A quick sweep of your clothes with a sticky lint roller before you go home will help catch errant ticks. When you get home, do a thorough tick check of your entire body, including in your armpits, groin area, behind your ears and along hairlines.

If you do find a tick attached, remove it as soon as possible. Contact your doctor if the tick looks engorged or you think has been attached for a long time, to see if you need antibiotics.

If the tick was attached for less than 24 hours and its body does not appear swollen from feeding, you should still be on the lookout for signs and symptoms of Lyme disease for the next 32 days. If you do develop symptoms, see a doctor.

Poisonous plants:

Poison ivy, wild parsnip and giant hogweed all have a presence in Eastern Ontario, lining roadside ditches, taking over empty fields and popping up along nature trails and woodlots.

Touching these plants or their sap can result in painful skin rashes and burns, particularly wild parsnip, which is sun-activated and can cause severe burns and even blindness in extreme cases.

Wear long pants and sleeves, close-toed shoes and socks. The sap from these plants can contaminate your clothes, so be careful when undressing and handling your clothes after an outing.

If you do come in contact with the plants, wash the area with soapy water and stay out of the sun. If the sap gets in your eyes, wash immediately and contact a doctor.

Of course, it’s important to know what to look for so you can avoid these issues altogether.

Poison ivy is perhaps the best known of the three plants. It can grow between 10 and 80 centimetres high, and its leaves range from 8 to 55 millimetres long. Poison ivy leaves feature three pointed leaflets – usually toothed – with the middle leaf being much longer. The leaves are reddish in the spring, turn green in the summer, and become various shades of yellow, orange, or red in the fall. The plant produces clusters of cream to yellow-green flowers.

Wild parsnip can grow up to 1.5 metres tall, with a thick, smooth stem topped with green-yellow flowers forming clusters up to 20 centimetres across.

Giant hogweed looks similar to wild parsnip but grows up to five metres tall in some cases. Its white flowers are clustered in groups between 30 and 90 centimetres across, and its thick stem often features prominent purple blotches.

Remember: There’s so much to see and do in the Rideau Valley watershed – don’t let these spoilsports get in your way! Take precautions, stay on the path and, most importantly, have fun.




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