Shoreline restoration

maple trees on shoreline

Jayne MacDonald’s reasons to plant trees

Jayne is a director of the Rideau Lakes Environmental Foundation, Community Representative on the City of Kingston Environmental Advisory Forum (KEAF), and Past President of the Upper Rideau Lake Association (URLA). Follow her postings on the URLA Face book group.      See the reasons here.

Weeds on rake

Aquatic Vegetation Cutting Permit Conditions

Instructions for Making Application to Perform Work in the Waters and along the Shorelines of the Rideau Canal

Do I need a permit


Shoreline assesment report logoUpper Rideau Lake at a Glance: An initial values survey carried out on Upper Rideau Lake demonstrated that the number one concern of property owners was water quality. From these surveys, we determined that some of the favorite activities of lake residents included swimming, power boating, and appreciating nature. Power boating seems to be slightly more popular on Upper Rideau Lake than other lakes we surveyed in Ontario. Upper Rideau has a typical distribution of residency status for property owners, with about 75% being seasonal and about 22% being permanent. Upper Rideau Lake Report-1


RVCA logoRideau  Valley Conversation Authority

RVCA’s Shoreline Naturalization Program offers technical guidance, project management and financial assistance to waterfront property owners interested in naturalizing their shorelines 

A list of plants, shrubs and trees available through the Shoreline Naturalization Program


C20064BF-F7D7-4959-955F-D3379E73A8FDParks Canada

If you are a property owner on the Upper Rideau Lake which is part of the Rideau Canal, you may be considering alterations to your property. Perhaps you’re unsure of the boundaries of the Rideau Canal or are a bit confused about jurisdictions. You may be thinking, “Who do I get a permit from and for what?” Below you will find key information about shoreline permitting, the role of Parks Canada in development reviews, and best practices for healthy waterfront properties


Township of Rideau lakes logoTownship of Rideau Lakes

Waterfront development accounts for a majority of the development activity in the Township. Due to the sensitive nature of permitting development in close proximity to waterbodies, the Township has adopted a number of application processes and policies to ensure the long term protection of this important environment while permitting an appropriate amount of development for private land owners. Click here for our Waterfront Official Plan Policies.


74E9F493-F988-43A3-92DF-2B2D3325EE98URLA Tree Planting Program

Select native “bare root” trees and shrubs will be available once again this spring, free to URLA members. Choose from the plants below to help form a natural lakeshore, and contribute to better lake water quality. Naturalized shorelines stop nutrients from leaching into our lake, help prevent soil erosion and can reduce the growth of algae and weeds in the lake.

Trees available this year include Black Willow (prefers “wet feet”/moist conditions), Bur Oak (moist/dry conditions), Chokecherry(moist to dry conditions), Eastern White Cedar (moist conditions), Eastern White Pine (moist/dry), Hard (Sugar) Maple (intermediate to dry conditions), Larch (wet/moist), Red Maple (wet/moist), Red Oak (moist/dry), Silver Maple (wet/intermediate), White Birch (moist/dry), and White Spruce (moist/intermediate).

Shrubs available include Black Elderberry (prefers wet/moist conditions), Gray Dogwood (moist/intermediate), Highbush Cranberry (wet to intermediate), Nannyberry (wet/moist), Pussy Willow (wet/moist), Red Osier Dogwood (wet to intermediate), Sandbar Willow (wet/moist), Sweet Gale (wet to intermediate), Alternate Leaf Dogwood (moist/intermediate), and Serviceberry (moist to dry conditions).

Note: All plants are bare-root and small compared to those purchased commercially. Bare root seedlings should be planted within a day or so of pickup, if at all possible.

Orders: Minimum orders per variety of both trees and shrubs are groups of 10 plants. Orders must be placed by Friday, December 7, 2018 by contacting John McDowell by email at, or by telephone at 613-722-5829. Please make sure to include your name, phone number, and email address, when submitting your order.

Pickup: Plants may be picked up between 11 a.m. and noon on Saturday, May 4, 2019 at the North Crosby Municipal Yard on County Road 10.   However if this date is not possible for you please identify who will pick up your order for you.

Some species will sell out, and URLA has a maximum number of trees available. All plants come in bundles of 10 only.


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