updated May 23, 2014

Hello cottagers and residents of Pike Lake. 

 Those of us who have seasonal cottages on Pike Lake are gearing up for another season of relaxation and enjoyment on the Greatest Little Lake in Ontario. Those who reside on the lake year round get the pleasure of seeing the lake transform through its four seasons. Residents reported that the ice went out between 5:00 and 6:00 p.m. on April 25th. They also reported that some of our loon couples are already back.

 Mark your calendars for these two events

ü  The third annual and popular Let’s Celebrate Pike Lake Boatilla and BBQ will take place on Saturday, June 28th. Bring the whole family as well as your guests.

ü  Our Annual General Meeting is scheduled for Saturday, July 5th.

 Looking ahead,

ü  Next month, you will be receiving a letter from the Centre for Sustainable Watersheds (CSW) informing you about the Love Your Lake program. The core of this program is an evaluation of the shoreline quality of every property on Pike Lake followed by outreach to individual landowners with a confidential report on their property as well as suggested actions, if appropriate, they may wish to take to enhance their shoreline and, thereby, improve the health of Pike Lake. People only see the report on their property, no one else’s. Participation in this program was approved by the membership at last year’s Annual General Meeting. You must notify the CSW if you do not want to participate in the survey.

ü  We continue to participate in the Canadian Lakes Loon Survey as indicators of ecosystem health. Your participation in helping with the count is welcome; contact Gord McCallum at 613-264-8915 (cottage) or 613-264-5543 (home) or

ü  You probably have a map of Pike Lake in your cottage that is a bit dated and ragged on the edges. We have updated the map significantly and will be offering two different sizes for you to purchase. They’ll be available at the Boatilla, at the AGM or by contacting a Board member.

The 20th anniversary edition of the Pike Lake Post will be delivered to your cottage in early June. In it you’ll find lots of useful information about your lake and community. You’ll also find your 2014 membership form. Please be sure to fill it out and send it in to us. We have also attached a membership form to this e-mail if you want to get a head start for this year.

 We each have a unique relationship with our lake. We may want to enjoy tranquility, water activities, family time, nature, or all of these. But one thing is certain, without a healthy lake none of this can be enjoyed. Keeping Pike Lake healthy is the main objective of your lake association. And, strengthening our sense of community is important to us. These values, and our responses to them, brought us the Federation of Ontario Cottage Association 2013/14 Outstanding Achievement Award. We are extremely proud of this award and for the support we get from our members in supporting our efforts.

 I look forward to seeing you at the lake. Here’s hoping we all have a great cottage season

Terry Kimmel                                                           President                                                                                                                            Pike Lake Community Association                                                                                                                                                RR3, Perth Ontario K7H 3C5