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Sharbot Lake Property Owners' Association
A Concern for Property and Environment

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Sharbot Lake Property Owners’ Association.

2018 Spring Newsletter

The SLPOA 2018 Spring newsletter is now available for your perusal. It contains numerous informative articles and notices of upcoming events.

To access it please click HERE and you will be taken to our new easy-to-read version. You can also access a version to save on your computer by clicking HERE and you’ll be taken to the SLPOA Forum section.

Please note: All of our newsletters and e-flashes are available HERE to read on-line.  This includes a copy of the SLPOA Newsletter form 1979.  Enjoy!

If you have an article or a memory that you would like to submit for future editions please do not hesitate to send it to as we are always looking for content.

If you have not had the opportunity to renew your membership, please take a moment to access the now easy to find membership form on the SLPOA web site at:

Don’t forget to like us on Facebook so you’ll always get the latest news about SLPOA. (Click HERE to go to our Facebook page.)

Septic Savvy 2018  

Lake Networking Group, of which SLPOA is a member, will be holding a half-day workshop, entitled Septic Savvy 2018, on Saturday, May 26th 2018, beginning at 9:00 am. At this workshop you will learn why a properly functioning septic system is integral to a safe drinking water supply and to a healthy lake. It will feature a local septic-system-re-inspection program success story, a panel discussion of experts and lake association representatives plus displays and an opportunity to network with other lake and property associations.

It’s being held at the Perth Civitan Hall, 6787 County Road (Hwy 43), Perth. Coffee, tea and muffins will be provided. There is a $5.00 charge with all proceeds going to Lake Networking Group initiatives. An RSVP to by the 19th of May is requested to ensure enough refreshments are available. Everyone is welcome.

Spotlight: Sharbot Lake  

Read what the Water Rangers have to say about the work Guy MacLeod and Barbara Fradkin, SLPOA Executives, have done with the Sharbot Lake Monitoring Program.

Well done Guy and Barb!


2017 Ontario Recreational Lakes and Algae Survey

Queen’s University is conducting a joint survey with The Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change, the Muskoka Watershed Council, the Federation of Cottagers’ Associations (FOCA), and Nipissing University that aims to explore cottage owners’ perceptions of the health of Ontario’s recreational lakes in our region.
The study’s goal is to address the overall health of lakes in Ontario. The opinions and insights of the residents and cottage owners in our region are critical to the data that is gathered.
Based on a similar study conducted by the MOECC in 1985-1986, the 2017 Recreational Lakes and Algae Survey will assess residents' and cottager owners’ perceptions of lakes with filamentous taste, odour-producing algae and blue-green algae. It will also gather data on how the algae has progressed since 1985, and explore the impacts it has had on the quality of the water, and on residents' use and enjoyment of the lakes.



SLPOA has started a Facebook page and we encourage you to join it. You will find the Facebook logo above the menu on the left-hand side of our pages.  By clicking on it you will be re-directed to the Facebook page. This is a recent addition so we hope you will help us build it into a useful location for information.

Last year the the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry ran a fish netting program known as the BsM program, for approximately 10 days in Sharbot Lake. Their report recently became available so we extracted the pages relating to Sharbot Lake and placed them in the Forum, CLICK HERE to access the report.


Calling Amateur Photographers

Submit your photos to us and you could be a winner!

We want your photos to see what you enjoy about your cottage environment. These can consist of nature, animals, kids, friends and events.

Submit up to 3 photos with a description to the SLPOA via email to and

When submitting your photo please include the location and the date the picture was taken along with your name and contact information.

Contest entries must be received by Thursday July 12th, 2018.

The contest winners will receive:

1st Prize: Parrot Mambo Fly Quadcopter Drone with Camera

2nd Prize: $50 Gift Certificate to The Sharbot Lake Country Inn
3rd Prize: Two - Tim Horton's Gift Cards for $10.00 each

1st and 3rd prize donated by Systematix IT Solutions. 2nd prize provided by SLPOA.  

Winners will be announced at the AGM on July 28 2018 at the St. James Major Catholic Church.  

For more information and to view the contest rules, click here.

Citizen Water Watch – Report a Sighting

EASTERN ONTARIO, August 1, 2014 — Noticing green algal blooms or excessive aquatic plant growth in Sharbot Lake? You can now easily report it! The Citizen Water Watch website ( allows recreational water users to report any observations of green algal blooms or excessive aquatic plant growth to a central data base. These observations will help to better monitor green algae and aquatic plant growth in Eastern Ontario lakes and rivers.

Algae and aquatic plants are a part of a healthy aquatic ecosystem but in excess they can put stress on other organisms in our lakes and rivers. Many local recreational water users have noted an increase in algae and aquatic plant growth, despite little observed change in nutrient concentrations which are often the cause of algal blooms and excessive aquatic plant growth. Reporting observations of algae and aquatic plants will help us better understand the excessive plant growth and find ways to improve aquatic environments.

To report a sighting go to, create an account and click on the “Report a Sighting” tab, fill out the form and hit submit. Knowing the name of the waterbody and nearest town where your observation took place as well as a picture will be helpful information to include.

SLPOA Lake Plan Now Available!!

An electronic version is available by clicking here.

Your Input

Your input is important to us.

Whether you have come across an article that would be of interest to others in our association, you have comments to make regarding the 'State of the Lake', a posted article, event or the website in general, a picture for Picture of the Month, or input to the Tips 'n Tricks please feel free to send it in.  Just go to the Contact Us page and click on the appropriate link.  Or better yet, browse the SLPOA Forum and post your comments directly.