Clear Lake Stewardship Association

Espanola's Clear Lake Stewardship Association

Where and Who We Are:

Clear Lake is located off Hwy 6 at the south end of Espanola Ont.  It is a small, quiet and picturesque lake with about 50 properties. The Lake is approximately1.5k long, .50k wide and 20m deep.

We are a member of the Federation of Ontario Cottages' Association. Click here HERE to go to the FOCA web-site.

For more information about the Town of Espanola click HERE

To learn about the Zoning By-Laws relevant to Waterfront properties click HERE

We are proud of our members, click HERE to see who belongs.



The Clear Lake Stewardship Association (CLSA) area of interest is the Clear Lake basin. 

We strive to protect the environmental health of Clear Lake for use by the community and as a natural habitat. The CLSA aids in the regeneration and sustainability of Clear Lake through monitoring, education and communication.

The CLSA  works in partnership with the town of Espanola, the property owners and the residents of Clear Lake and all levels of government to promote good stewardship practices.

The CLSA has established an executive that meets on a regular basis and holds general meetings at appropriate intervals.


To see a complete copy of our By-Laws click  HERE .


Click HERE to see the minutes of the May 2012 General Meeting and Apr 2012 - year end to see the Year End Treasurers Report.

And HERE for the Jun 2013 AGM


Minutes of the Executive Council Meetings:   Jan 2014 

April 2014

July 2014

Sept 2014

Mar 2015

May 2015

Aug 2015

Nov 2015

Jan 2016      Feb 2016

April 2016

Oct 2016      

Nov 2016

Mar 2017

See BLOG posts for the rest of 2017 - 2020  Minutes


Treasurers Reports:

Mar 2013 &Year End

March 2014 & Year End

Dec 2015 - YTD

Feb 2016 -YTD    

Mar 2016 & Yr End

Mar 2017 & Year End

See BLOG posts for 2018 - 2020


Blog Posts

Wake aware and a few other tidbits

Posted by CLSA - Secretary on August 22, 2021 at 15:17 0 Comments

A few interesting items that have come my way that I thought I would share with the residents of Clear Lake:
The first is a little snippet from Cottage Life (published Aug 13) listing 6 simple ways that you can improve your ecosystem at the lake:  for more information go to
1)Stop mowing: pristine lawns do not belong at the lake, particularly close to the shoreline.  For one, the unnatural monoculture doesn't provide the habit for the animals that you love spotting.  Plus, Canada geese love lawns and can become frequent visitors - and defecators - on your property.
2)Keep the lake clean: The lake is your playground [and likely the source of your drinking water] so you want to keep it clean, obviously, you shouldn't let garbage blow into the water.   If you're doing any painting or staining, make sure you're well back from the shoreline.  Maintain your boat engine so that oil and fuel don't leak into the lake.  Finally, have your septic system regularly inspected to ensure sewage isn't seeping into the water.
3) Don't feed the wildlife: 
4) Instal a bat box: They eat a lot of mosquitoes
5)Become a citizen scientist: 
6) Join a cottage association or environmental group.
 The second is the attached email from FOCA regarding wake - something we should always be mindful of.  Also, I encourage you to subscribe to the FOCA newsletters - they are always very informative. Go to to subscribe - or follow the link provided on our website.
Because I can't help myself, those who have not done so yet, please submit your $50 membership due at your earliest convenience.
From: Federation of Ontario Cottagers' Associations <…


Posted by CLSA - Secretary on July 5, 2021 at 15:00 0 Comments

First, I want to extend a warm welcome to the newest members of our community.  Welcome Mark & Vicky, Mark & Barbara and Ellen & Monika – I know you are going to love this little slice of paradise we call home.  


Let’s start with the good news; which is a bad news good news story in and of its self.  An inordinate amount of activity had been noticed in and around Loon Island this nesting season. Loon populations are in decline and two of the many reasons are nest disturbance and nest swamping. The nest, if disturbed, can be abandoned and the nest being swamped – usually by wake from boats - can destroy the eggs.  Last year our loons were not successful procreating and we want to do everything possible to increase the likelihood of offspring this year. We are seeing more guests on the water carrying small boats, canoes and kayaks across the beach which is all fine and dandy but we want to make sure they are aware of the loon nesting site so they do not inadvertently disturb it. So, an ad hoc committee researched methods to alert boaters/people that ask them to stay clear of the nesting site.  After completing the research, then engineering, spending volunteer time and money two buoys have been deployed around the island.  Signage at the beach and on the island itself is also planned.  The hope is people will respect the signs and give the loons the space and protection they require. Let’s cross our fingers & toes and trust that loon school will commence in August.


On to the bad news – blue green algae.  Two days ago the water was beautifully clear; yesterday the water column was full of algae. And when the green ribbons of algae appear on the surface it is likely to be blue green algae.   Like most living organisms -  heat (which we have had plenty of) light (also of abundance) and nutrients (from rain runoff – do I have to mention that large water sucking up buffers zones are the single best way to prevent that)…


Clear Lake Stewardship Association is a social network

Best Practices:

Click Shoreline Owners Guide for access to more  detailed  information

1. Establish and/or expand buffer zones. Click HERE to learn more

2. Don't use fertilizers, pesticides or herbicides.

3. Get septic systems pumped  out regularly and maintain the field bed. Click HERE to learn more

4. Use phosphate free and biodegradable soaps and cleaning products

5. Insure no paint, stain, gas and/or oil enters the lake.

6. Make no wake

7. Be a good Neighbour and good Steward - be considerate of your environment- be aware of your actions and the impact you are having on what surrounds you.


Blue Green Algae

Click HERE to read all about Blue Green Algae - published by the Peterborough Health Unit a number of years ago it is  a very informative and balanced document.

Click  HERE and HERE   to read  the government of Ontario  Fact sheets  - also vintage but still relevant  



 To learn about Eurasian milfoil Click HERE

To read the 2009 progress report  click HERE

To read the 2012 report about the milfoil in Clear Lake Click HERE. 

To read the 2013 report click HERE


Water Survey Results

To look at the detail 2009-2018 water testing/survey results go


To look at a summary report of the 2009-2017 water testing/survey results go



Know your limit and fish within it.

To discover fishing limits and seasons in our zone (10) go  HERE

If you suspect someone is overfishing REPORT IT doing nothing condones it!

Mitch Turcott
CO, Espanola Area
Desk : 705-869-5246
Cell: 705-869-7862


If there is a spill  into the lake call the Spills Action Hotline at 1-800-268-6060 to notify the MOE.

To find out what happens if there is a traffic accident that creates a spill that threatens the lake- click  HERE

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