Watershed Conditions Statement – Water Safety

A Watershed Conditions Statement – Water Safety is in effect for some large Kawartha Lakes, including Balsam, Cameron, Sturgeon, and Pigeon Lakes, as well as Lake Scugog.

No flooding is expected, but flows throughout the system are high and could be dangerous.

Affected Municipalities:

  • City of Kawartha Lakes
  • Municipality of Trent Lakes
  • Township of Scugog

A Watershed Conditions Statement – Water Safety is in effect for some large Kawartha Lakes, including Balsam, Cameron, Sturgeon, and Pigeon Lakes, as well as Lake Scugog.

No flooding is expected, but flows throughout the system are high and could be dangerous.

As Trent-Severn Waterway officials advise, the Trent-Severn Waterway drainage area, including the Kawartha Conservation watershed, have received up to 120 mm of rain over the past 10 days. It significantly exceeds the normal precipitation for the month of June. As a result, there are higher-than-normal water levels along the Trent-Severn Waterway.

In addition, flows will increase outside of navigation hours as a part of the Trent-Severn Waterway water management operations. The public should consider these overnight flows as non-navigable.

The public is cautioned that fast-moving water will create hazardous conditions especially around the dams and locks. During this period of above-normal water levels and flows, residents and visitors should exercise extreme caution on and around water. Areas around dams, culverts and bridges should be avoided at all times. Parents and caregivers are advised to keep children and pets away from all waterways.

Trent-Severn Waterway officials are monitoring water levels and flows throughout the system very closely and will adjust the water control structures as required. Anyone having concerns about water levels throughout the system can contact Parks Canada at (705) 750-4950 or [email protected].

This Watershed Conditions Statement – Water Safety – Kawartha Lakes will be in effect until further notice. 

Update from Kawartha Lakes Land Steward Assocation

At this time we have a couple of things to share with you. 

Due to the recent storm, this has been a difficult week for many people in the Kawarthas and beyond. Your friends at KLSA share in your sadness over the damage to our beautiful area. 

First, we are pleased to release our “2021 Annual Lake Water Quality Report:  Lake Stewardship in Action.”   In this edition you’ll find articles on tracking water temperatures and dissolved oxygen in the Kawartha Lakes, how community science helped gather nutrient data across the Kawartha Lakes during the first year of Covid-19, fighting aquatic invasive species, Stoney and Clear Lake’s shoreline assessment and mapping project, and much more! 

Our report is available in both digital and hardcopy formats.

1. Digital version is available at: https://klsa.wordpress.com/published-material/

2. Printed version

 i) available at retail and public places throughout the Kawarthas 
ii) If you would like a single copy mailed to you please email your request including your mailing address to [email protected].
iii) For bulk copies (ie. for Associations, and businesses) please email us your request to [email protected] and we will contact you to make pickup/dropoff arrangements.

Secondly, for those of you who were unable to attend our Annual Spring Meeting on May 14th, the video of that meeting is now available on through our website or directly on our YouTube channel:

YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nqHKH5hB9-0&t=21s
Website: https://klsa.wordpress.com/meeting-videos/

Thank you for your continued interest and support!  

Take care,

Kawartha Lake Stewards Association264 Bass Lake Rd.Trent Lakes ON  K0M 1A0[email protected]infoWeb Site http://klsa.wordpress.com/

KLSA volunteers are dedicated to ensuring excellent lake water quality in the Kawartha Lakes through our monitoring programs.


In Memory of Donna Claire Steen

August 30, 1939 – May 27, 2022

Donna Steen, 82, passed away peacefully at Sunnybrook Hospital surrounded by family and friends on May 27, 2022. Donna was born in Orillia, Ontario to Mary and Ernie Collinson. She was the loving mother to Michelle Marlin (Dennis Callahan) and Chris Marlin (Maria) and grandmother of Ryan, Jacqueline, Gregory and Parker.

Donna was a Sturgeon Pointer since 1964 when her mother bought the little cottage on Second Street.  The cottage was her beloved place for the remainder of her life; long after she couldn’t remember the names of her children and grandchildren, she remembered her cottage. The last half century she could be found walking and swimming with friends, gardening, and introducing her four grandchildren to the many charms of Sturgeon Point. A lifelong learner and educator, she was a graduate of Notre Dame High School in Toronto and Loyola University of Chicago. She began her teaching career in Chicago before moving back to Toronto where she taught elementary grades and French at the Scarborough Board of Education.

She had many interests – reading, languages, music, art and travelling.  She travelled the world and made lifelong friends in France and Japan but her happy place was always at Sturgeon Point. A celebration of life for family and friends is planned at the Point over Civic weekend.