Updated October 17, 2014
The first newsletter of the 2014-15 season was distributed by e-mail on October 17. Newsletters were sent only to current UFRCA members (those who have paid for the current membership year July 1, 2014 to June 30, 2015). If you did not receive the newsletter, but should have, contact email@example.com right away. We may need a corrected e-mail address.
As you know, October 27 is the date of municipal elections across Ontario. Due to the efforts of the UFRCA eight years ago, West Nipissing Municipality now has a mail-in voting process. Canadian residents who own property in Bertram Township have now received (or will soon receive) their mail-in ballots. Mayor Joanne Savage has been acclaimed. There are two candidates for Ward 8 Councillor: incumbent Guy Fortier and Rodney Wolfe. There are also elections for school board trustees, and the candidates vary depending on which school board is supported by the property owner. Ballots must be mailed by October 18, 2014.
The unorganized townships of Patterson and Hardy (south side of the Upper French) are in Parry Sound District. Cottage owners who are Canadian citizens have received a ballot to elect 2 representatives on the Parry Sound District Social Services Board. Information on candidates may be found at http://www.psdssab.org/ Click on TWOMO Election.
On October 15, we distributed an e-mail to Canadian resident property owners and provided information received from the Bertram Township Ward 8 councillor candidates.
Posted September 16, 2014
The Draft Minutes from the Annual General Meeting held on August 3, 2014, are now posted. In the members section of the web site, click on Annual Meetings. These minutes will not be finalized until they are adopted by the membership at the 2015 AGM.
Posted August 26, 2014
Posted August 15, 2014
The MNR has produced a study paper "5 Critical Facts about Walleye in Lake Nipissing". It can be seen here.
Recently, abandoned nets have been found on Lake Nipissing. An article from the Sturgeon Falls Tribune on this controversy may be seen here. The MNR is urging anyone with information about the nets to contact the MNR TIPS line at 1-877-TIPS-MNR (847-7667) toll-free any time. Near North Crime Stoppers will be doubling the reward amount (up to a maximum of $2000) for information that will assist the MNR in identifying the owner(s) of unattended gill nets in Lake Nipissing. Anyone with information is asked to contact Near North Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), or submit a tip online at www.nearnorthcrimestoppers.com or by texting ‘Nipper’ and TIP info to CRIMES (274637).
Lastly, the July, 2014, issue of Ontario Out of Doors includes an article on the MNR's proposal to eliminate the seniors' exemption from needing to purchase fishing licences and replacing the exemption, in 2016, with a "seniors discount" on conservation and sport fishing licences. See the related article from the May 29 issue of Ontario Out of Doors here.
Posted August 14, 2014
The UFRCA Annual General Meeting was held successfully at Dokis on August 3. Draft minutes of the meeting will be posted in the Members Section when they become available in the next few weeks. The Board of Directors welcomes new member Liz Gallagher while Jane Eastmure has retired from the Board. Continuing Board members include Sam Goodwin, Peter Rooney, Wendy Kennedy-Sadler, Dave Minden, Grant Hobson, Jeff Hamilton, Kaely McDermott, and Holly Waters. Positions of responsibility will be determined at the first Board meeting.
Posted August 3, 2014
The photo contest winners are posted in the Photo Gallery. Congratulations to all the winners who captured these spectacular images.
Don't forget that the Dock Sale is slated for Saturday July 26 followed by the AGM on Sunday August 3. A highlight of the AGM will be the presentation of awards for the Photo Contest. For full details, see the EVENTS page.
Click here to see the map of dock sale locations.. Copies of the maps are available at Sandy Haven Camp on Sandy Island, Starlite Marina on the Sturgeon River, and Riverview Cottages at Dokis.
Posted July 15, 2014
The UFRCA extends its condolences to Valarie Viau and family at Dokis. Valarie's husband Richard died recently in Sudbury after a lengthy battle with cancer. See http://www.theoretbourgeois.com/book-of-memories/1904437/Viau-Richard/obituary.php for details.
Updated July 12, 2014Thank you West Nipissing firefighters who installed the 10 km/h speed limit signage at Canoe Pass on July 10, 2014. Click to enlarge photos. See full details in article below.
Posted June 17, 2014
By Sam Goodwin (Municipal Liaison Committee – UFRCA)
Posted June 11, 2014
Entries for the 2013-14 Photo Contest have now been posted in the Photo Gallery. Judging has now ended and the winners will be announced at the Annual General Meeting on Aug. 3 at the Dokis Community Centre. Check the EVENTS page for full AGM details.
See the Dokis First Nation page for information on the annual Pow-wow June 28-29 and Summerfest on the weekend of July 18-20. Cottagers are invited and welcome to attend these events.
Posted June 11, 2014
UFRCA members John McFadgen (past Board member) and David McFadgen have co-authored and published a children's book Henry the Heron, which can be ordered through their web site http://heronhenry.com/
David McFadgen writes, "This is a true story of a great blue heron reaching out to man for help. This story happened on the French River in Ontario, Canada. The French River is still untouched and has significant wildlife on it. Every time this story is told, the listener has always become fascinated with it and hopefully you will too."
Henry the Heron will be on sale at the Annual General Meeting on August 3, and John McFadgen will be there to sign copies.
Posted June 2, 2014
Outdoor cards and fishing licences are available on-line from the MNR here.
Valarie Viau advises that Riverview no longer sells fishing licences, but besides the MNR web site, you can also pick them up at the French River Trading Post, any Canadian Tire Store, Trucheon Fuels in Sturgeon Falls, or at Chaudiere Lodge.
Posted June 2, 2014
The June 1 Newsletter has been distributed to all current members. If you did not receive the newsletter but should have, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Posted May 23, 2014
Posted May 22, 2014
Inflows to Lake Nipissing and the Upper French seem to be decreasing now and the lake level appears to have stabilized around 196.2 metres above sea level. This is about 25 cm above the summer level. On the holiday weekend, the Sturgeon River was flowing very fast and carrying logs and other debris into the lake. Keep a good eye on the surface for 'dead heads'.
Posted May 17, 2014
As the fishing season gets underway, please be aware of and follow the new regulations regarding Walleye and the new slot size . The new Walleye regulations take effect May 17, 2014. Note that the Bass season opens one week earlier this year on June 21 and the limit for Perch has been increased. Walleye aren't the only fish in the lake!
Updated Thursday May 15, 2014
It's official. The North Bay Nugget has declared May 14 as the date that Lake Nipissing was free of ice. See http://www.nugget.ca/2014/05/14/lake-nipissing-declared-ice-free for details.
Updated Monday May 12, 2014
Monday's Nugget reports: "Well the ice isn't off Lake Nipissing just yet. Jeff Sullivan of Helicopters Canada Flight Training School and Charter said crews were up in the air Monday and saw ice floating around the west side of Manitou Islands. “For the most part it is clear, but there was still some ice near the islands,” he told The Nugget Monday morning.
Posted Sunday May 11, 2014
Heavy rain and strong winds on Friday May 9 combined to eliminate remaining ice from Lake Nipissing, as seen in this Environment Canada satellite image, dated May 10, 2014. We are making this call even though we have not seen any official report in the media. We expect to see an official announcement that the lake was ice free this year on May 10. Caution is advised when travelling on the lake. The water is still extremely cold. Watch for floating debris.
Posted May 8, 2014Valarie at Riverview reports that the river is clear of ice; in fact it has been clear since Friday May 2, and some cottagers have already been in. The situation on Lake Nipissing is changing quickly and the lake may soon be declared ice free. There was a lot of white ice seen from the North Bay waterfront on Monday, but today it is no longer visible. The web cam on the north shore of the lake reveals open water a long way out, but there appears to be white ice in the distance near Iron and Sandy Islands. We will update this report when new information is available.
At left: May 7, 2014. Ice coverage is decreasing.
Click on the Events Page at left for full details on:
Photo Contest (Entries now closed)
Dock Sale (Register as host site by May 15, 2014)
Annual General Meeting
Posted April 23, 2014For other photos of the river and area, see the Photo Gallery.
Posted April 15, 2014
See the right-side links for a current web cam view of Lake Nipissing, courtesy of the Greater Nipissing Stewardship Council. The web cam is located at a lakeside home on the north shore about 1.5 km east of the mouth of the Sturgeon River. The outflow of the Sturgeon is responsible for opening this portion early. In the far background, the distant shoreline on the right side of the image is Sandy Island. The darker more prominent island in the centre of the image is Iron Island, recognized by the hump on the left (west) side.
Updated April 23, 2014
A "flood watch" is now in effect for waterways in the North Bay area including the French River. See http://www.nugget.ca/2014/04/23/flood-watch-remains-in-effect
Posted April 13, 2014
Friday, April 11, 2014 by: Kate Adams http://www.baytoday.ca/content/news/details.asp?c=60708
The Ministry of Natural Resources - North Bay District is advising area residents of South River, Ottawa River, Pickerel River, Mattawa River, French River, Sturgeon River and Lake Nipissing that a Watershed Conditions Statement - Flood Outlook is in effect in these areas.
Residents in these watersheds should keep a close watch on conditions, regularly check for updated messages and stay away from fast-moving rivers and streams. MNR is closely monitoring the weather and developing watershed conditions. Further updates will be issued as appropriate.
*FLOOD OUTLOOK: gives early notice of the potential for flooding based on weather forecasts calling for heavy rain, snow melt, high winds or other conditions
Posted April 10, 2014
A special edition newsletter was distributed April 10 to current UFRCA members. If you should have received the newsletter but did not, contact email@example.com
Posted March 27, 2014
The MNR announcement on Tuesday March 25 regarding the walleye catch (possession) limit and new slot size has resulted in a flurry of comments and related news articles. They are available here in PDF format. (From the North Bay Nugget, March 27, 2014)
Opinion article from Marianna Couchie, Chief, Nipissing First Nation
Opinion article from Nugget writer Dave Dale
News article regarding local tourism operators
Posted April 7, 2014
Article by UFRCA Rep on Lake Nipissing Fishery Advisory Council
Posted March 11, 2014
The March newsletter was distributed to current UFRCA members on March 4, 2014. If you should have received the newsletter but did not, contact 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 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.