The Pike Lake Community Association has undertaken many programs in its history. The members of the association when surveyed have said the most important role for the association is the Lake Stewardship.
In 2018, volunteers of the Pike Lake Community Association prepared and placed hazard buoys in 18 locations on Pike Lake to mark the location of rocks or shoals on Pike Lake. Thanks to the input of Pike Lakers, four additional buoys were placed in May 2019.
All hazard buoys are:
Placed in areas of the lake identified as the most dangerous
Yellow in colour
Numbered & identified with the letters "email@example.com"
Respect the guidelines set out by Transport Canada & the Canada Shipping Act
The buoys are deployed in the spring, maintained during the summer, taken out in the fall and stored over the winter by a dedicated group of volunteers. If you would like to volunteer, know of a location where there should be a buoy, notice a missing buoy, or find a buoy that has come loose please contact us by clicking here.
Canadian Lakes Loon Survey
Pike Lake was home to many common loons again last year. Five pairs were reported and downey chicks were observed in Jamison Bay and Donnelly Bay.
Thanks to our vigilant Pike Lake "loonies", the PLCA reported the count of both adult loons and chicks to the Canadian Lakes Loon Survey managed by Bird Studies Canada. This information is used to keep track of the survival of loon chicks. It also helps scientists monitor the health of both the loon population and the health of our lakes.
Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, the Loon reports will not be compiled by Bird Studies Canada this year. If you would like to be a volunteer "loonie" next year, please email the PLCA at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Walleye Spawning Habitat & Enhancement Project
The PLCA Lake Stewardship program has been working on this project with the Ministry of Natural Resources & Forestry (MNR&F) for several years now. The goal of this project is to enhance the walleye fish population in Pike Lake.
Over the past few years, volunteers have hade observations of priority shoal locations, done fish eye counts late on cool spring nights, and last summer fishers on Pike Lake were asked to voluntarily complete a record of their catches. These reports allowed MNR&F to determine the conditions were right to commit to adding Walleye fingerlings to the lake at their expense.
Lake Protection Workbook
You can download one free copy of the “Lake Protection Workbook: A Self-Assessment Tool for Shoreline Property Owners” through the Watershed website. It provides information on how to diagnose any shoreline property problems and see how you can help your shoreline.
You can find the workbook in the publications from Watershed here.
Lake Stewardship Reports
Pike Lake Catchment Summary
At the 2019 PLCA AGM Martin Czarski from the RVCA presented the recently updated Catchment Summary Report for Pike Lake.
You'll find some great information on our lake clicking here.
Keeping Pike Lake Healthy
A handbook, "Keeping Pike Lake Healthy", was compiled in 2009 by volunteer Pike Lakers. This plan outlines specific actions that we as individuals and as a community can undertake to maintain and improve the quality of the lake environment for present and future generations.
If you read the acknowledgements section you'll see by how many people contributed making it clear that Pike Lakers care about the future of our lake.
Please download it, print it and keep it handy for reference!!!
Lake Stewardship Handbook, practical how-to info here.
An update to the Handbook can be found here.
State of the Lake Report (SOL)
The intent of the State of the Lake report is to improve the knowledge and
understanding of Pike Lake and its watershed by outlining its history, changes and trends over time, and examining the interactions and relationships of the lake environment relative to the pressures and issues facing the lake. While the pressures and
issues identified by the lake community can have an impact on the entire Pike Lake watershed, the majority of the information presented in this report is specific to Pike Lake. You can find the report here.