Maple, Beech and Cameron Lakes Area Property Owners’ Association
Three Lakes, One Voice
The Association supports your interests now, ensuring a strong future for our children. Our mission is to protect our beautiful area for you and your children. Join or renew your membership today!
Thanksgiving Food Drive/Minden Food Bank Reminder
Food and personal care item donations are, and will always be, important to the food bank and we encourage our members and neighbours to give in this manner: At the end of the cottage season many of us will be finding that we have over-stocked on basic dry and canned goods. We can help others, as well as save space in our vehicles heading back to the city, by dropping these items off directly at the Minden Community Food Centre.
Money donations (more bang for the buck!) can be of even more help to the food bank: The MCFC can purchase more for each dollar than we can and they can also purchase perishable items and essentials that run low from donated stocks as they are required.
Giving along with the MBC can stretch those dollars even further! The MBC will (as we have for a few years) match any donations by our members and friends up to ONE THOUSAND DOLLARS.
This year there’s even more reason to give and be thankful…a chance to win a really nice thank you from us that you can hang on your wall.
The Food Bank gives tax receipts for each donation received over $25.00 ~ this year, for each donation of $25.00 or more the food bank receives from an MBC member (or someone on our extended email contact list, which you are if you’re reading this…even if you’re not currently a member) you will also receive one entry to win a beautiful, framed Robert Batemen print! A donation of $50.00 will get your name in twice…and so on!
The print, Afternoon Glow – Snowy Owl, is one of an edition of 950 prints numbered and signed by the artist and can be seen on our website. The print has been donated by one of our members to encourage giving.
No matter what you are able to donate to help the Minden Community Food Center in it’s work we want to match it, so make sure that we know you’ve given: Mark your cheque with “MBC Match” or send “MBC Match” as a note with your eTransfer or on-line donation; the good folks at the food bank will keep track and let us know.
We will match, up to $1000.00, all donations between September 20th and October 11th and a draw will be held once we receive a list of donations from MCFC.
All the information you need to make a donation can be found on-line at.
Robert Batemans, Afternoon Glow – Snowy Owl
Water Management Updates
For Haliburton and Northern Areas
Don’t blow or rake your leaves into the lake
As you’re wrapping up your fall yard work, please remember to rake or blow your leaves away from the lake and not into it. It is inevitable that some leaves will naturally fall into the lake, however, an abundance of decomposing leaves will increase the nutrient levels in the lake which can lead to algae blooms and greater aquatic weed growth near your property. As an overabundance of algae and weeds die, they decay, causing bacteria to use up the oxygen in the water. This can kill fish and other aquatic life.
It is best to rake leaves away from the lake for pickup or even compost them in your yard. Please share this information with neighbors who may not know the negative effect that raking leaves into the lake can have.
News & Notices
NOTICE – Enhanced Security at Landfills
The Township of Algonquin Highlands takes workplace safety very seriously and is committed to providing workspaces that are safe and harassment-free. Sadly, incidents of worker harassment have been on the rise, particularly at our Waste Disposal Sites. There have been increased incidents of illegal dumping, failure to pay applicable fees, dumping without authorization, damage to property, theft, and other by-law infractions. In an increasing number of situations, attempts by landfill workers to manage these situations are met with verbal abuse, harassment and threats. This is unacceptable..
Here are the 2019 Photo Contest Winning Photos
Royal LePage Lakes of Haliburton
We have some very talented photographers out there, some stunning pictures of the special place we live and play in. The pictures can be viewed on our Instagram Page, take a minute or two to have a look.
We are fortunate to have a very qualified judge for this contest in our very own MBC Member and Mayor of Algonquin Highlands, Carol Moffat. Carol has chosen photography as her art and she happens to be very good at it. So here are her choices in the four categories we had submissions for. Winners will receive a $50.00 Gift Certificate for Rhubarb in Carnarvon.
Congratulations to all the winners and a huge thank you to all who submitted some wonderful pictures.
Shawn skates by Rebekah Chevalier
This photo is simple and draws the viewer in because the skater is heading away. The lake is smooth, the light is interesting and the skater’s shadow on the ice gives the image an added impact.
The First Freeze of Winter by Kim Lockhart
There’s something otherworldly about this image – the low angle provides an intriguing perspective and the little dots of snow on the ice add a bit of fun. What really wraps this image up is the gentle pink reflection in the ice that you can’t really see in the sky … but it’s there! A bit of editing to straighten the horizon would make this very worthy of framing.
Ryley and Grampa by Morgan Baker
This is an iconic memory-maker and the conversion to B&W simplifies the image to capture the real purpose: relationships. If this photo had been left in full colour, it would have had less to say.
Fly fishing at Little Cameron Lake by Sally Howson
Again, the simplicity of this image says it all – a man, a boat, a lake. In contrast to my comments about the photo above, the colour in this image IS what makes it great, and the way the light catches the fishing line is an eye-catcher. However, the it appears a bit low-resolution so that detracts a bit.
Loon family 2018 by Kathleen Bowser
Well, what can we say? Loon chicks don’t often thrive so when they do, it’s a thrill. I also know that this year’s Beech Lake chick didn’t make it so we hold last year’s in high regard! The focus on this photo is a bit soft but it’s still a good capture since loons are hard to photograph in the first place. The little grey fuzzies are hard to resist. Let’s remember our loons in the spring when boat wakes and other factors threaten the nests.
Carol, thank you so much for your efforts with our contest. You picked some wonderful shots that
reflect the spirit of the MBC Lakes. And to Team Trillium, thank you for your generosity.
MBC Lakes Photo Contest is sponsored by:
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Cottage Opening Tips
Opening the cottage is the most exciting part of the year.
Maple, Beech and Cameron Lakes Aerial Photos
Co-ordinates: Lat. 45° 06′ Long. 78° 40′.
Maple Lake is located between Carnarvon and West Guilford along Hwy. 118 in Haliburton County.
Maple Lake is part of a 5 lake chain including Beech, Green, Pine and Cranberry Lake. The lakes are connected by short stretches of the Gull River. The water flow is east to west.
While the maximum depth reaches 120′, the average depth is 38′.
The perimeter of the lake is 9.5 km. (6.6 miles).
Much of the shoreline is sandy with lots of pencil reed growth. There are as well inshore rocky areas as well as fallen trees.
Lake trout have been regularly stocked.
Major fish species include large and smallmouth bass, lake trout, muskie, northern pike and a few walleye.
Elevation (above sea level) 314m
Maximum Depth 37m
Mean Depth 11.5m
Surface Area 336ha
Co-ordinates: Lat. 45° 05′ Long. 78° 42′
Beech Lake is located north of Carnarvan Ontario along Hwy.118 in Haliburton County.
Beech is part of a chain of 5 small lakes situated between Eagle Lake on the east and Boshkung Lake on the west.
The lake reaches maximum depths of 80’+. It consists of a single basin with a large gradually tapering flat on the southwest end.
The lake has been regularly stocked with lake trout.
Major fish species include lake trout, smallmouth and largemouth bass, whitefish, muskie and perch.
Elevation (above sea level) 335m
Maximum Depth 26.8mm
Mean Depth 7.1m
Surface Area 124ha
Little Cameron Lake (First Lake) Stats
Co-ordinates: Lat. 45° 12′ Long. 78° 65′
Little Cameron Lake is located north of Carnarvon Ontario along Barry’s Line Road in Haliburton County.
Elevation (above sea level) 329m
Maximum Depth 9.8m
Mean Depth 4.8m
Surface Area 18ha