FOCA created A Shoreline Owner's Guide to Healthy Waterfronts that is a quick and easy overview of ways to make the most of our shoreline property, while supporting our lake's ecosystem.
Shorelines are the ribbon of life, providing habitat including shelter and food, for over 90% of aquatic wildlife. If you are interested in restoring your shoreline, please refer to this how-to link.
For information about native plant species for our area refer to this guide.
The Natural Edge shoreline re-naturalization program is now available from the Muskoka Watershed Council.
The program includes;
There is a one-time fee of $300. The value of the plants alone surpasses the fee.
Do not add sand to the shoreline to create a beach. Sand may contain phosphorus. Exposed sand moves with surface run-off and works its way into the lake bottom. It smothers bottom-dwelling organisms and invertebrates. Sand also reduces the amount of aquatic and shoreline habitat for fish, reptiles, and amphibians.