Welcome to SHAWANO (Dickey Lake, Lake of Islands, Lost Lake, Perch Lake). We hope you will enjoy the lakes as much as we do. Listed below is some important information and reminders to ensure a safe and friendly stay.
GARBAGE AND RECYCLING DAY Mondays, including long holiday weekends. Garbage and Recycling are collected early in the morning. Your garbage must be in a bag and tagged. Tags are available for sale from Bob Gilchrist – 618 Jennison Road – 613-474-0425 at a cost of $2.00 each sold in sheets of 10. (Pls call first to ensure home and leave message as may be outside, also email checked regularly – ritasretreat at outlook dot com) Alternately you may purchase tags from Gord or Marilyn Hoard – 2377 Ridge Road – 613-337-5379. Put all garbage in animal proof containers – not on the road – accessible garbage brings unwanted animals – raccoons, bears etc into our area.
NOISE Please be considerate of your neighbours. Keep noise levels of music and parties low – especially at night after 10:00 pm. Remember sound is carried much further over water and especially in the evenings.
FIRES & FIRE BAN Excerpts from By-law 2011-36. Burning of garbage is not permitted at any time. During the period between March 31 and September 30, no fire for the burning of grass wood or other combustible material shall be permitted between the hours of 7:00 am and 7:00 pm unless such fire is used exclusively for cooking or warmth, or, 1. unless such fire is confined within a metal container and is covered by metal mesh or screening to prevent the escape of coals, ash and cinders and is subject to the same hours of burning as stated above and permitted in all areas except the former Villages of Marmora and Deloro. 2. Fires used exclusively for cooking or warmth may be permitted in all areas under the following conditions: A) Fire must be contained within an approved outdoor fireplace or contained enclosure no larger than 1 meter in diameter; B) Fire must be a minimum of 3 meters from any combustible objects and surfaces to prevent ignition from radiant heat; C) Burning may consist of untreated wood products only and limited to an amount to ensure flames are confined within the unit; D) Fire must be supervised by a responsible person at all times; E) Fire protection devices such as fire extinguishers, pails of water, garden hoses, etc must be present; F) No burning during periods of high winds; G) Fire exclusively for cooking or warmth will only be permitted between 7 am and 11 pm Sunday to Thursday and 7 am to 1 am Friday and Saturday; H) Approval for “open air burning” must be obtained from the Fire Chief. Application must show the type of outdoor fireplace or container area and location. A valid permit from the Municipality must be registered from the person responsible for burning; the fire must be attended at all times by one or more persons 19 years of age and older. Please exercise care and caution. It only takes seconds for a spark to ignite dry leaves, tree roots, etc. Our area is a difficult area for the volunteer fire department to service. Please have a hose, buckets, shovel and rake close by to carefully put out your fire. Remember if you cause a fire the cottage/home owner will be charged $300 per hour for each fire apparatus and $15 per hour for each firefighter that attends the fire. You will also be charged the costs associated if the Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) has to be called in to help, as well as for any damages incurred. If a fire ban is in effect, no burning is permitted Fire ban sign is on Dickey Lake Road.
BURNING There is no burning of leaves at any time. Burning of garbage, plastics, etc is not permitted at any time .
DOGS the municipality of Marmora and Lake bylaws state no person shall allow their dog to run at large. This means in a place other than the owner’s property. All dogs must be on a leash when off their owner’s property. Constantlybarking dogs are an annoyance to people trying to enjoy a peaceful time at the lake.
LAKE BATHING Do not use the lake for bathing, shampooing or as a washroom. It is environmentally unfriendly – even when using biodegradable soap or shampoo.
SKINNY DIPPING Well… use your own judgement.
BOATING Keep a safe distance from shore to avoid underwater rocks and to reduce shoreline erosion. The speed limit is 10 km/h within 30 meters of shore. Keep speeds reasonable and avoid large wakes by not allowing your boat to plow. When you launch your boat make sure to wash it down thoroughly with bleach to prevent the introduction of zebra mussels into our lakes.
GAS & OIL SPILLS Avoid gas and oil spills into the lake by being very careful when filling up – any and all spills are harmful.
LIFE JACKETS The water rapidly cools down, no matter if the air feels warm. If you are out on the lake remember to wear your life jackets! They work if you wear them!
SNOWMOBILING Some general info to get sledding this winter… To ride the trail system you will need A) a registered snowmobile, B) A drivers licence or operators permit if you are 12 years or older, C) insurance D) and a trail permit. Buy your permit where you ride! The local club is The North Hastings Snow Riders. You qualify for a cheaper permit if your sled is a 1999 or older. Permits can be purchased online. All the info you need is at www.ofsc.on.ca.
ICE SAFETY Recognize that the ice will never be completely safe. There are too many unknown factors. Use at your own risk. Never go out on the ice alone – always travel with at least one other friend. Visually inspect the ice conditions from shore. Look for signs of unsafe conditions such as open water or large pressure cracks. Check with the local authorities to see what the ice conditions are like. Before venturing onto unknown waterways, make a hole with an auger or an axe reasonably close to shore, to get a clearer picture. Always tell someone exactly where you are going and when you expect to be home. Anything less than 3 inches should be avoided at all costs. 4 inches can support activities like ice fishing, walking and cross-country skiing. 5 inches can support a snowmobile or an ATV, while 8 to 12 inches of ice is enough to support a small car. And while these guidelines are generic, ice conditions vary and the above is for newly formed ice.
EMPTY WINE & BEER BOTTLES Please return all your empties for a refund. Drop Off Locations; Trudy’s (Hwy. 62) and Elm Street Supplies (Behind the Food Mart in Coe Hill. Open Tues. – Sat., 11am – 4pm with after-hours drop off bin). It costs the municipality if you put them in your recycling. This higher cost makes its way back to your tax bill!
BELL TELEPHONE If you don’t use your place in the winter, you can suspend your Bell phone service. There is a one time fee of $50. If you do take advantage of this remember your phone doesn’t work at all. NO 911.
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