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.
2019 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.
Lake Stewardship Reports
Blue Green Algae
Many waterways are experiencing blue-green algae which can be toxic. Fortunately, we are not aware of any toxic blooms on Pike Lake.
Linden Davidson, the Lake Steward for PLCA, received a report from the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) on the laboratory analytical results for the samples collected from Pike Lake on July 2, 2020. They show that both the total microcystins and total anatoxin-A concentrations were below the method detection limit of 0.1 and 0.2 ug/L, respectively.
2019 Water Quality Report
Our PLCA Lake Steward, Linden Davidson, recently corresponded with Sarah Maclead-Neilson, the Surface Water Quality Coordinator for Rideau Valley Conservation Authority. At his request, Sarah provided the 2019 water chemistry results for Pike Lake. She also included all the data they have on site D (Donnelly Bay). She noted the overall, water quality nutrient results, water clarity and E. coli counts were within recommended guidelines for 2019 with the exception of one sample at RVL-01D. (Site D - Donnelly Bay).
Linden expressed his concern regarding Site D and Sarah noted she was aware this has been highlighted as an area with nuisance plant/algae growth. This is the one location where the Provincial Water Quality Objective (PWQO) was exceeded during June 2019 sampling. In reviewing the complete dataset at this site she found that there was no evidence of a significant change in the total phosphorus concentrations, a slight downward trend (though not statistically significant) was observed in the graph.
Pike Lakers will recall that the creek flowing into this site was investigated in 2013 for possible influences on water quality, and Sarah supplied a copy of the report for our review.
Sarah noted, " I think the shallow, sheltered bay with wetland influences contributes to the abundant vegetation growth observed at this site, particularly when paired with the warm weather we have experienced recently."
Here are links for the water quality report for 2019 including historical results and detailed information on the "Site D" results.
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.
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.