Updated January 6, 2014 The UFRCA is sponsoring a photo contest. It had previously been announced that photos must be for the past summer season of 2013. The Rules Committee has decided to remove the date restriction for this year. Photos from any year are eligible. The contest is open to UFRCA members and their families. Entries can be submitted in several categories and will be judged by a panel approved by the UFRCA board of directors. Awards will be announced at the Annual General Meeting on August 3, 2014.
Posted Nov. 22, 2013
By GORD YOUNG, The Nugget
Friday, November 22, 2013 4:19:32 EST PM
Updated August 28, 2013
Posted Aug. 6, 2013
The UFRCA Annual General Meeting was held successfully at the Dokis Community Centre on Sunday August 4. Elected to the Board of Directors for the 2013-14 season were (continuing) Jane Eastmure, Grant Hobson, Kaely McDermott, Dave Minden, and Peter Rooney, with new members Sam Goodwin, Jeff Hamilton, Wendy Kennedy-Sadler, and Holly Waters. Positions of responsibility will be determined later. Minutes of the meeting are now posted in the Members' site. Thanks to Brian and Tina Larivieres for the great buffet breakfast. Thanks to Mike Daoust (Daoust RONA, Noelville) for the donation of the hammock door prize. It was won by Amanda Derks.
The Annual General Meeting of the Upper French River Cottagers Association will be held at the Dokis Community Centre on Sunday August 4, 2013. It starts with a full breakfast buffet at 9:00 a.m. The AGM will follow immediately and will run from 10:00 a.m. to noon. The cost for the buffet breakfast is $5 for UFRCA members and $10 for non-members. We hope to see a good crowd out for the AGM. Doors open at 8:30 a.m. Membership forms available. New members are always welcome. A car shuttle will be available from Riverview for those that do not have vehicles there. We are seeking nominations and/or volunteers to fill vacancies on the Board of Directors. If you can volunteer or wish to nominate someone, please contact the Nomination Committee via firstname.lastname@example.org
Posted July 19, 2013
UFRCA member Paul Cormier represents the UFRCA on the MNR's Lake Nipissing Fisheries Management Plan Council, and he has provided the following documents. One result of the Council's deliberations over the last several months has been the production of these new fact sheets on the significant fish species in Lake Nipissing. In addition, note the document on specific regulations for Walleye on Lake Nipissing. A comment sheet and questionnaire may be of interest to fishing lodges in the area. Paul will have copies of these documents available at the AGM.
Yellow Perch Factsheet
Whitefish and Cisco Factsheet
Northern Pike Factsheet Bass Factsheet
Lake Nipissing Walleye Data Review
Walleye Regulation Changes
Comment Sheet and Questionnaire (for Lodges, interested groups)
Posted July 10, 2013
Cottager Bonnie Witmer has shared this list of bird sightings in the area of Solid Comfort. For a complete list of bird sightings in the Upper French River and Mashkinonge Park region, see Environment - Flora and Fauna. We encourage everyone to report sightings of species at risk to the MNR.
Posted July 10, 2013
For full details on fishing on the Upper French River and Lake Nipissing (Fishing Management Zone 11), click here. The regulations differ slightly but significantly for Lake Nipissing and the immediate surrounding waterways. MNR CO Richard Nadeau has provided a useful comparison of Zone 11 and Lake Nipissing regulations.
Posted June 13, 2013
UFRCA member Chris Fry has generously shared his Flickr account collection of photos of boats on the French River and the collection (uploading now completed) is available in Photo Gallery - Boats on the French. UFRCA members are invited to post comments and also to submit photos of their own to add to this flotilla of boats on the French River. For information and to view the gallery, click here.
Posted May 20,2013
The following was written by Anne Stanislaw, submitted by Amy Watkins.
Roger Restoule called me this morning and told me that his father, Albert, 91, passed away last evening. He is trying to notify all of the Allison, MCoys etc families of the passing – since, for many of us, Albert was the "Roger" of our youth. Roger wanted us all to know.
When I spoke to Roger, he had no idea about the plans for the funeral services for his daddy, but Roger did sound okay and just wanted all the clans to know of the passing. I am sure I have forgotten to inform someone and so I do hope that if you know someone who should know about this you will phone them or please forward this information.
Albert was kind, funny and caring to me as a child and, for the last ten years, just seeing him on the porch at his Dokis Reserve house as I drove through was enough to inspire and recall all the memories of Albert with Gramps (Bob Sr.) and with Uncle Jim and Albert taking care of all of our cottages before Roger took over the duties.
For those of you who do not have Roger's phone number it is 705.763.2307 and his address is:
Dokis First Nation Reserve Road RR1
Monetville, Ontario POM 2KO Canada
As soon as I know further details, I will try to update everyone.
Much love to all,
Ann A. Stanislaw
Posted May 20, 2013
"The Municipality of West Nipissing is pleased to be starting the preparation of a new Comprehensive Zoning By-law for the municipality. The new Zoning By-law will amalgamate and update the existing Zoning By-laws in effect in various parts of West Nipissing into one Comprehensive Zoning By-law applicable to the entire municipality. The goal of this process is to create a Zoning By-law, with new mapping and text, which will provide for consistency across the municipality and will be user friendly, easily understood and simple to use." Read more in Municipal Issues - West Nipissing News.
Posted May 13, 2013
The Minnehaha Bay Marina will be opening in May, 2013. Read more here.
Posted May 10, 2013
One Site For Lake Research
By Maria Calabrese
Posted May 10, 2013
NORTH BAY – The Nugget
By Maria Calabrese
Updated May 10, 2013
Lake Nipissing Stabilizing
Posted Friday May 10, 2013
The Nugget, Wed. 8, 2013
It looks like the level of Lake Nipissing has stabilized and it could be “trending downward,” according to the Ministry of Natural Resources. Jamie Geauvreau said Wednesday that while the lake is still “a little high,” the concern over flooding is “diminishing with each passing day.” The lake remains under a flood watch, while a flood warning remains in effect for the Sturgeon and French river watersheds.
Lake Nipissing is still about 12 cm higher than the normal summer operating range. Some precipitation is expected over the next few days, but it is not expected to be particularly heavy. “It looks good,” Geauvreau said. “We’re going to get a bit of precipitation, but things are pretty dry right now. The trees are starting to green up, and all that makes a difference” to the flood outlook.
He said any precipitation that does come will likely soak into the ground. The water levels on the Sturgeon and French rivers are still high and the flows are “very fast,” Geauvreau said, and caution is advised along the shorelines in particular. Virtually all the snow except for small patches to the north of Lake Nipissing has melted. “The weather we’ve had in the last little while has really knocked it down.” According to Public Works Canada, Lake Nipissing stood at 196.07 cm above sea level Wednesday morning, virtually unchanged since Friday.
Updated May 7, 2013
Yesterday's Nugget reported that Lake Nipissing was declared clear of ice on Saturday May 4. This is 6 days later than the average date of April 28, but still within the average range. Due to the lack of spring-like weather through March and much of April, most people were betting on a May date for ice-out. High water may result in debris on the lake and river throughout the summer. Keep a good lookout.
Posted May 5, 2013
We heard on Thursday May 2 from Valarie at Riverview that the river was clear of ice. The North Bay area has experienced high 20 degree temperatures in the last several days and Lake Nipissing should be clear of ice soon. The official date of ice-off has not yet been released. Trout Lake on the east side of North Bay was clear of ice Wednesday. Summer begins! But Lake Nipissing continues to rise and may reach flood level in the next few days or weeks. Currently, Lake Nipissing is at 196.10 metres above sea level, 25 cm (about 10 inches) above the summer operating range. You can view a graph of the Lake Nipissing water level at North Bay here.
Development of a New Lake Nipissing Fisheries
Posted April 26, 2013
The Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) and the Lake Nipissing Fisheries Management Plan Advisory Council invite the public to participate in a review of the performance of the 2007–2010 Lake Nipissing Fisheries Management Plan and to provide input on the content of a new plan (2014–2034).
The following public meetings are planned:
North Bay: May 1st at the Elks Lodge from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Sturgeon Falls: May 2nd at the Sturgeon Falls Arena from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
The MNR will provide feedback on how well objectives included in the expired plan were achieved and will describe the current state of fish populations in Lake Nipissing. In addition, MNR will present a list of topics and challenges associated with the sustainable management of Lake Nipissing’s fisheries that should be addressed in the new Plan. These topics and challenges have been identified by MNR in cooperation with the Lake Nipissing Fisheries Management Plan Advisory Council.
A formal presentation of information will be made at 6 p.m. and repeated again at 7:30 p.m. These will be followed by question and answer, and user comment period.
Public input and comments are welcome and can be submitted at the public meetings or by mailing comments to the MNR contact person identified below.
Further opportunities for involvement in the development of this Fisheries Management Plan for Lake Nipissing will include a comment period at the Draft Plan stage (which will include another public open house), and inspection of the Final Plan.
The Ministry of Natural Resources is collecting comments and information regarding this plan under the authority of the Public Lands Act and the Fisheries Act to assist in making decisions and determining further public consultation needs. Comments and opinions will be kept on file for use during the effective period of the plan and may be included in study documentation, which is made available for public review. Personal information will be protected in accordance with the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (1987). However, this information may be used by the Ministry of Natural Resources to seek public input on other resource management surveys and projects.
For more information or to have your name added to the project mailing list, please contact:
Scott Kaufman, Plan Coordinator
Ministry of Natural Resources
3301 Trout Lake Road North Bay, ON P1A 4L7 tel: 705-475-5537
Paid for by the Government of Ontario
Posted March 15, 2013
We learned yesterday that Gord Restoule of Dokis FN died yesterday. The following has been submitted by Mike Adams, French River cottager.
Gord was a very good friend of my family since the mid-50s (my dad bought our island near Lunge Lodge in 1950). He was actually a mentor of sorts for me, offering support and ideas for several situations I’ve faced over the years. Gord was a cousin of Leonard Dokis and was a respected elder who contributed mightily to the betterment of Dokis First Nation. He was owner and operator (with his wife Jackie) of Wajashk Cottages in Dokis for many years, and he hosted disabled children and representatives from the Shriners Hospital at his camp. He was a past Conservation Officer for Dokis and someone who appreciated nature and its preservation, and was a past member of the Dokis Band Council. Gord was quick with a joke, but equally quick in helping others in need and was a tremendous husband, father, and grandfather. He was known throughout the Lake Nipissing and North Bay region as he was often quoted by the North Bay Nugget for his weather forecasting prowess. He was friend of many who offered sage advice based on wisdom from his many life experiences.
The UFRCA extends its condolences to the Restoule family.
See North Bay Nugget obituary at http://yourlifemoments.ca/sitepages/obituary.asp?oId=690460
The family will receive friends at the Michael “Aigle“ Dokis Community Complex, Dokis First Nation on Monday March 18, 2013 from 2:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Funeral service will be celebrated Tuesday March 19, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. in the Michael “Aigle“ Community Dokis Complex, Dokis. Donations to the Robert Restoule Memorial Rink Foundation would be appreciated (cheques only). Arrangement in care of THÉORT BOURGEOIS FUNERAL HOME, Sturgeon Falls. www.theoretbourgeois.com 12320626
Posted Feb. 28, 2013
The North Bay District Ministry of Natural Resources recently established the Lake Nipissing Fishery Management Plan Advisory Council to look at the complex problems facing the Lake Nipissing fishery, especially the popular walleye. Read more …
Posted Friday January 11, 2013
Updated Sunday January 13, 2013
Sadly, we learned today that Leonard Dokis died this morning from complications following bypass surgery. The UFRCA expresses its deep condolences to Shirley and Valarie and family and the entire Dokis community.
Long-time cottager and UFRCA Board member Bill Goodwin writes, "Leonard was one of the great elders and gatekeepers of the river and was for our family (and many others) one of the highlights of our experiences on the French. His friendship, support and unwavering commitment to his family, his community, the environment, and his friends and customers will always be remembered and missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with Shirley, Valarie, and all of his family." Read more …
Over the last few years, there have been blue-green algae outbreaks at different locations on Lake Nipissing and the French River. Click here for information on Blue-green algae
Health Canada blue-green algae information
The North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit issues advisories when this occurs and recommends the following for three weeks after the bloom has disappeared:
- Do not use the water for drinking, cooking and bathing. Use an alternate source of water for these purposes.
- You CANNOT destroy the toxins by boiling the water or using home water treatment devices.
- Do not swim or participate in other water sport activities near the site or where the bloom is visible.
- Do not use the water near the site for pets or livestock. For more information about Blue-Green Algae, visit: healthunit.biz/EH-bluegreenalgaeinfo.asp
- Blue-green algae, known as ‘pond scum’, are primitive microscopic bacteria that live in fresh water. They are usually hard to see, but during hot weather, they can rapidly grow to form a large mass, called a bloom.
- Toxins can irritate the skin and, if ingested, cause diarrhea and vomiting. At high enough levels, the toxins may cause liver and nervous system damage.
- If skin contact does occur, wash with soap and water, or rinse thoroughly with clean water to remove algae.
- Blue-green algae thrive in warm, shallow, undisturbed water that receives a lot of sunlight and is rich in phosphorus and nitrogen. Animal and human waste and fertilizers contain phosphorus and nitrogen.
Contributions from the UFRCA have led to Crime Stoppers producing these signs which have peen posted at various access points to Lake Nipissing and the French River.