Hello Members of PLCA,

This is the first time in many years that we are not producing a winter newsletter. Last year your Board decided that, in order to reduce expenses, we would replace this newsletter with a President’s message in order to update members. The regular spring/summer newsletter will be produced as usual and delivered before the summer season begins.

1. Summer 2018 Events

Canada Day Boat Parade and BBQ – Sunday, July 1st, 2:00 p.m.

Again PLCA will sponsor and organize this celebration of our country’s birthday. Decorated boats will meet at 2 p.m. between the two islands at the entrance to North Bay. The parade will end at the Lakehouse restaurant. All members will have food and beverage waiting for them. This is complementary for members and non-members will pay a nominal fee to help support the expense incurred by your association.

Don Thomas Memorial Rock Bass Derby – Saturday, July 7th, 9:00 a.m.

Paudash Lake Marina is again hosting this event for the PLCA. Youth age 2 – 18 can compete to remove the most rock bass from the lake and are awarded prizes and a certificate for helping protect Paudash Lake’s game fish. The Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters (OFAH) continue to support this event with a generous donation of many prizes. This is free for members and a small fee for non-members.

PLCA Annual General Meeting (AGM) – Saturday, July 21st, 9:00 a.m.

Please come out and find out what your PLCA is doing and have input into your association’s future. An informative guest speaker will also be attending. The full agenda, location and guest speaker will be communicated in our next newsletter.

Annual Regatta & Fun Day – Saturday, August 4th, 12 noon

Swim and kayak races, egg tossing, nail hammering, battle of the bays tug-a-rope, and many more fun and challenging events for both kids and adults. Our H.E. firefighters will have their BBQ and drinks on hand and a sunny day is all we can’t control. In the event of poor weather there will be NO RAIN DAY.

2. 'Love Your Lake’ Program

Last summer Lower Paudash was surveyed and residents will receive their confidential report sometime this spring. Last year your PLCA received an aggregate report on Upper Paudash results from 2016, and we will receive the same for Lower Paudash this year. We will provide a ‘total summary’ report for you in the spring newsletter.

3. Lake Trout

The North Hastings Fish Hatchery will again be stocking Paudash with approximately 5,000 lake trout fingerlings (actually 10 – 12”). Winter ice fishing is underway (many ice huts on North and Joe Bay) and catches have been plentiful. Please support the hatchery as they have been so good to our lake with this five year stocking program.

Some of the same fish hatchery volunteers are also on the Bancroft Area Stewardship Council and have selected Paudash for a targeted ‘zebra mussel blitz’ on the opening weekend of bass fishing. This is to determine if we have any of these invasive species in our lake.

4. Paudash Lakewood Estates

This proposed development in Inlet Bay (formerly Parkwood Beach location) has not been presented to either the Crowe Valley Conservation Authority or Highlands East for the necessary permits.

The trailer/homes on Hwy. 28 just south of Hwy. 118 are the living quarters that will be sold on the lots. The PLCA’s interest is the same as it always has been – that all regulatory agencies have been involved and what would be the effect on the health of our water and shorelines. We will continue to stay informed and do the same to our members.

5. Other Items

Your Board will be represented at the upcoming Federation of Ontario Cottagers Association (FOCA) AGM, the Coalition of Haliburton Property Owners Association (CHA) AGM and the CHA Lake Stewards Meeting in the upcoming months. We will report to you in the spring newsletter.

This fall is our municipal elections and PLCA will review the various candidates and their positions after the nomination date has passed.

FOCA and Highlands East are looking closely at the increasing number of cottage owner rentals occurring and the various challenges that arise from this. This includes not only neighbor concerns but also by-law infractions that can result. We expect to hear more on this at the FOCA AGM.

PLCA will be participating with the Birds Canada Loon Lakes report again in 2018, so please contact me at if you see any loon chicks from June onwards.

Please contact me at anytime with regards to any issues that affects the interests of PLCA and our members. Also please encourage your neighbors to join if they are not members. There is strength in association and at about only one-third of Paudash Lake property owners as members we have room and need to grow.

Yours Sincerely,

Mike Thomas
President, Paudash Lake Conservation Association
Paudash Lake Conservation Association
P.O BOX #34
Bancroft, ON K0L 1C0