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

 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 and 2018  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


Blog Posts


Posted by CLSA - Secretary on June 14, 2019 at 11:09 0 Comments

I mean seriously - spring is late, cool and wet.....the upside is we shouldn't have bush fire worries - at least in the short term....the downside - well it is cool and wet.  But, then again we have enjoyed a few wonderfully warm days as well and summer is still to be had.
The team has completed the first water sampling of the season.  Most parameters are looking good - the temperature through out the water column was fairly consistent suggesting the lake was flipping.  The dissolved oxygen rates were also looking fine. However, the phosphorus levels in the west end of the lake are alarmingly high...hopefully we can put it down to the inordinate amount of runoff this year (all that snow melted and had to go somewhere),  as well as the rain - all  of which equals nutrients entering the lake.  Another factor could be that the lake appeared to be flipping when we sampled,  meaning nutrients in the water from decomposing matter on the bottom have moved to the surface.
Although none of that explains why the east end phosphorus levels were well within  the acceptable range while the west was not.
So, we have a bit of a mystery on our hands...we will keep you posted as more data becomes available.
For those of you who have submitted your memberships for this season - Thank you. 
For those of you who have not please consider…

Sucess !!!

Posted by CLSA - Secretary on June 13, 2019 at 11:47 0 Comments

Once again we hosted an amazing yard sale and raised a little over $1000.....Awesome, awesome, awesome


Where to start with the thank -you's. So many were involved - if I forget anyone - my heart felt apologies.


First,  I want to thank the Town of Espanola for once again giving us permission to use Clear Lake Beach Park - it is the PERFECT location.  The Towns ongoing support and encouragement of our efforts is appreciated.


Second, our thanks to the Espanola Curling Club for letting us use their tables so that we can display our wares - it has a real impact on our results.


Third - Meryl and Steve Canjar for supplying coffee for our volunteers and drop in guests - we are so grateful for that contribution - it is so warming and it is amazing how people will collect around a  cup of McDonald's coffee.


Speaking of volunteers......Thank you Gary for giving us a warm place to price and sort the donations.  Our pricers, sorters and wrappers - Kim, Debbie, Gary & Brianna  - a long afternoon - thank you for your skill and your time.


As always thank you Dennis, Brian and Greg who ran the roads for "stuff" pretty much on command then provided an abundant amount of supervision while Brinley maned the BBQ.  Many thanks Brinley for your participation - you did a fabulous job - I would say the hot dogs were the best ever but I don't want to hurt Brian or Greg's feelings.  


Our thanks always to our BBQ benefactors - FreshCo, Tanner's and Giant Tiger.   The ongoing support we receive from our local merchants is amazing


Then there our salespeople; they did a beyond fabulous  job - from set up to tear down -   Debbie, Gary, Kathy, Brianna, Heather and of course Steve-  our consummate deal maker. It was a long day and your hard work is so appreciated.


Thank you too Pat - our money collector and Dennis - our money…


Clear Lake Stewardship Association is a social network

Best Practices:

IClick Shoreline Owners Guide to Healthy Waterfronts for 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.

4. Use phosphate free and biodegradable soaps and cleaning products

5. Insure no 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 - a very informative and balanced document.

Click HERE , HERE ,and HERE   to read the Letter and Fact sheets supplied by the Sudbury and District Health Unit.



 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 2009-2017water 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


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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