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Thanksgiving Day Message to members.

Posted October 12, 2021

Amanda Mainville - UFRCA President

To all members, Associate members and friends of the UFRCA, we hope you have had a wonderful Canadian Thanksgiving either on the French River or at home. 

Our summer has come to a close once again and the leaves are falling from the trees. It was a quiet summer on the river with many of our Cottagers still unable to travel to the River. 

Your board of directors has continued to meet and we hope that certainly by next August long weekend we can once again meet in person. 

Most years we contribute to the wonderful community of Dokis Bay by visiting the many businesses that provide services for visitors, neighbours and community members. This summer some new businesses were opened and others closed their doors. As we have been unable to do so for two summers now, this year we the board have decided that we will contribute to the community in the name of the UFRCA by making a $500.00 donation to the Leonard Dokis Foundation. 

We hope that this will contribute to the wonderful relationship we have with the people of Dokis. 

If anyone was on the River this summer and this weekend, please share pictures here. You just might make someone’s day. 

Again Happy Thanksgiving all!


It 's Official - The ice is off Nipissing April 12th, 2021

Posted April 13, 2021

The North Bay Nugget reports that the ice is now off the lake.

You can read about it  here


Ontario has updated their Recreation Fishing guide for 2021 
Posted April 12, 2021


For 2021 there are changes for the quotas and sizes for fish in Lake Nipissing and the French River.  

You can download a copy of the updated 2021 regulations here

(Zone 11 covering Lake Nipissing and area starts on page 88).

Worldview Satellite web page has been replace with a NEW updated Service 

Posted April 12, 2021

Check out the new Satellite view page with both regular and NEW HD resolution views of the region.  The new site has updated views every 15 minutes instead of just once a day.  You can access it here.

Thanksgiving 2021

Planned Slash pile burning to take place in various areas of the Nipissing Forest between October 1 and December 31, 2020.
Posted August 27, 2020


As a result the Dokis road may experience smoke when burning is taking place.  The following is taken from the complete Slash Pile burning plan which you can download here.  A complete summary map of the plan can be accessed here.

Slash Burn
New Website Additions

Point of Egress for Emergency Evacuation on Upper French River

Posted 5/18/2020

by Geordie Hendrie

In July 2019, I was at the cottage with my wife Janet and fell from an extension ladder while working on the roof of the cottage (there are a myriad of precautionary messages I could insert here and believe me I heard them all after the fact but that is not the point of this story). In any event I sustained serious injuries to my left arm shattering both my elbow and wrist. The accident rendered me immobile and it was clear that I was going to need help getting transported to medical assistance.

Read the Full Article here.


Lake Nipissing has been declared free of ice - North Bay Nugget

Posted 4/27/2020
Read the Full Article here.

Lake Nipissing Ice Free Dates Statistics

Posted 4/29/2020
Statistical Analysis for Central Tendency of Lake Nipissing Ice-free Dates by Dave Minden can be accessed here

As seen through the NASA's Worldview program the ice is now off of Lake Nipissing.  Even though you will not be able to access the water in the near future it is good to know the ice is off.  See for yourself here.

NEWS and WEBSITE Updates

Posted April 18, 2020


North Bay recently hit with Ice Tsunami

Posted April 14, 2020

High winds create 'ice tsunamis' on this northern Ontario shoreline, see here

2019 AGM Minutes now available here
Posted 2/27/2020

High levels of snow and water

Posted November 17, 2019

Updated December 7, 2019

The North Bay Nugget reports that early winter snow has set new records for snow depth and water content. PSPC reported that “as of November 12th, 2019, the average water level of Lake Nipissing was 195.71 metres (which is just below the summer operating range). There is 5 cm of snow in the forecast for the week and temperatures are forecasted to remain below freezing. Given that the lake has not drawn down, we are planning a further increase in dam discharge this week. Further change in the lake level is dependent on the amount of inflows and precipitation.” With recent cold weather Callander Bay and Lake Nipissing are starting to freeze over. See the NASA satellite view to track the freeze-up event. Adjust the date to show 2019 and the desired month. Numerous cloudy days have obscured a clear view of Lake Nipissing. On December 2, partial ice coverage appears, and on December 6, the lake appears uniformly white and is completely ice and snow covered.


New OPP Detachment Coming to West Nipissing

Posted October 20, 2019

West Nipissing Municipality will contribute 4.34 million dollars (of a total 8.25 million dollars) for the construction of a new OPP detachment office on Hwy. 17 near Cache Bay Road. It is slated for completion at the end of the summer of 2020. See the full Nugget article here.


MNRF/NFN Set Research Nets On Nipissing
Posted September 26, 2018

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, in partnership with Nipissing First Nation, is helping protect fish populations in Lake Nipissing by collecting data and conducting research this fall. See the North Bay Nugget article here.


Spring Floods, Summer Heat, Lower Water, Rain, and Fall Drawdown
Posted September 24, 2019

It’s been that sort of summer. The spring flood on Lake Nipissing and the French River was followed by an extended period of very little rain and falling lake levels. September is the usual “rainy season”, and frequent rain has slowed the drop in the lake level, which now sits less than 10 cm below the summer range. Further rain might, in fact, start to raise the level back into the summer operating range, but it is time for the annual fall drawdown to commence in October.
Here is the PSPC report issued Monday Sept. 23, 2019

Lake Nipissing and French River Recorded Water Level Forecast

The following is the water level forecast for Lake Nipissing and the French River as of Monday, September 23rd, 2019, as provided by Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC). The precipitation at the French River Dams station for the month of September was at 115.1% of the total monthly historical average.

Lake Nipissing

As of September 23rd, 2019, the average water level of Lake Nipissing was 195.68 metres (7 cm below the summer operating range 195.75 to 195.95 metres). Approximately 25 mm of rain fell over the region yesterday and there is another 5-15 mm possible by tonight. The rest of the week is calling for up to 15 mm of rain. Based on the current forecast and as we are approaching the drawdown period, we will be doing a slight increase through the dams today; the lake level is expected to remain relatively stable. Further change in the lake level is dependent on the amount of inflows and precipitation.

PSPC Reports are posted every Monday. For the average level of Lake Nipissing, check the level at North Bay and at the French River Outlet and simply calculate the average. Prevailing westerly winds tend to give a higher reading at North Bay.


New Board Elected at AGM
Posted September 8, 2019

At the 2019 Annual General Meeting held on August 4, 2019, the following were elected to the Board of Directors for the 2019-20 season:

  • Amanda Derks


  • Sheilah Scrocchi


  • Martin Scrocchi


  • Claire Thorpe


  • Jim Abbott


Officers will be elected and committee chairs appointed at the first Board meeting. Draft minutes from the AGM will be posted when available. Note that there are vacancies on the Board, and if you wish to serve, contact or any Board member.

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