Cottage Owners' Association and Lake Plan


Stewardship is something we take seriously on Kennisis Lake. See the links below for more detailed information.

Water Levels
Shoreline Tree Preservation Bylaw
Coalition for Equitable Water Flow (CEWF)
Love Your Lake Shoreline Assessment Project
Water Quality
Kennisis Dam
Septic Systems
Shoreline Naturalization
Stewardship Focus Areas
Drinking Water Safety
Public Use Lands
KLCOA Role: By-law Variances and Environmental Protection
Reporting Spills


KLCOA Municipal Bylaw Support / Environmental Protection

On August 31, 2014 the KLCOA unanimously passed the following motions regarding By-law Variances and Environmental Protection: Municiple Bylaw and Environmental Protection



Water Level Update


CEWF Update: Coalition for Equitable Water Flow

From the TSW:

Water Management Updates

Water Level Management Update – February 16, 2018

Parks Canada's water management team continues to actively monitor water levels and flows, and weather forecasts across the Trent-Severn Waterway. These factors are used to determine dam operations on a daily basis for the Trent-Severn Waterway.her

The weather forecast for early next week is changing significantly from day to day. A 30 to 45 mm precipitation event is forecasted across Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday with day time temperatures in some areas reaching double digits and remaining above 0 C at night..


Depending on the amounts of rain across the areas local snow melt and snow melt runoff will occur greatly impacting the watershed response. The current forecast that water levels and outflows will increase at most locations. Trent Severn Water Management team will be active and the changing conditions will be closely monitored. Any watershed conditions updates will be released by your Conservation Authority or local Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources district. 

Haliburton and Northern Areas 

All reservoir lakes remain at their respective winter set dam configuration. Water levels on the lakes in general are below average. Flows on the Gull River and on the Burnt River are above average. 

Kawartha Lakes and the Otonabee River

Kawartha Lakes are below average, declining and are subject to winter drawdown. Flows on the Otonabee River are higher than average for this time of year. 

Rice Lake and the Lower Trent

Rice Lake water level is on average and is leveling off. Flows on the Lower Trent River are above average .

Severn River

Lake Simcoe is above the long term average water level. Flows on the Black River and the Severn River are above average. Outflows from Lake Simcoe are high and will remain so over the weekend. Lake Simcoe Outflows may be reduced depending on the response of the Black River to the warmer temperatures and rainfall. Operations for Lake St. John will also be determined based on the reaction of the Black River. 

For up-to-date warnings and watches with regards to water levels in your region, please visit the following web sites:

The Trent-Severn Waterway also maintains an email list for those wishing to have Water Management Updates sent directly to them via email.

If you would like to be added to our Water Management Update list to receive information as it becomes available, please email:

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CEWF Releases 2018 Priorities


What is the CEWF? 

The Coalition for Equitable Water Flow, (CEWF), is a coalition of 32 Member Lake Associations (including the KLCOA) which includes 91% of the Trent Severn Waterway’s (TSW’s) reservoir lake storage capacity and covers the sub-watersheds of the Gull, Burnt & Mississauga Rivers plus Nogies, Eel’s & Jack’s creeks. The Coalition aims to represent the interests of 35,000+ shoreline property owners in the “Haliburton Sector” of the Trent watershed, which includes 35 reservoir and several flow-through (RaFT) lakes in Haliburton County and northern Peterborough County.  The CEWF was originally formed in 2006 to provide input to the Panel on the Future of the Trent Severn Waterway. Since then, the mandate has evolved to provide effective liaison between the Coalition members and the TSW on issues of water conservation and management. 

In early 2016, the CEWF concluded an agreement with the six local municipalities covering the RaFT lakes area, the Township of Algonquin Highlands, the Municipality of Dysart, the Municipality of Minden Hills, the Municipality of Highlands East in Haliburton County and the Township of North Kawartha, and the Municipality of Trent Lakes in northern Peterborough County; to form the Upper Trent Water Management Partnership (UTWMP) to speak with a single voice at the federal, provincial and Trent Watershed levels on water management issues affecting the RaFT lakes. 

The Coalition is led by a nine member Executive Committee. 


CEWF’s Objectives 

 • To promote an Integrated Approach to Water Management at the Watershed Level that will improve water conservation throughout the Trent-Severn system while recognizing the environmental, public safety, social and socio-economic constraints of managing the water resource. In this initiative, CEWF will work independently as well as through the Upper Trent Water Management Partnership.

• To maintain dialogue with TSW management to ensure improved understanding of local issues and management of water levels and flows in the RaFT lakes.

• To promote shared information and knowledge of water management issues and practices watershed-wide across the Canal lakes, and the RaFT lakes.

• To promote approaches to ensure safe navigation, access to waterfront property, economic sustainability and the avoidance of negative environmental and economic impacts for residents on the RaFT lakes. 


CEWF Priorities for 2018

CEWF’s main priority will continue to be advocating for an Integrated Approach to Water Management at the Watershed level. In 2018 this includes:

-  The CEWF will continue to work with TSW management and in particular the new water management engineer to build on the excellent water management experience of the drought during 2016 and the extreme rainfall events of 2017, which saw the interests of all parts of the system recognized in the water management effort.

-  The CEWF will follow through with the TSW on the CEWF’s significant Preferred Water Levels Report filed with the TSW in 2017.

-  In anticipation of the TSW embarking on a long term strategic review, the CEWF will seek to provide input to their deliberations. 

-  CEWF will work with the TSW to develop a proposed framework for climate change considerations for the entire Trent River basin as well as the Haliburton Sector.

-  CEWF will continue to advocate for the development and acquisition of improved constraint based water operations and planning models.

In addition the CEWF will:

  • Continue to monitor the TSW Capital program in the RaFT lakes area, provide regular updates to our members, and ensure the participation of our member associations in project consultations as appropriate.
  • Continue to meet and work with member lake associations to raise the level of understanding of water management issues with an emphasis on recent extreme weather patterns (floods, droughts and ice damage) and their apparent relationship to the medium term climate change predictions for the RaFT lakes area.
  • Develop an outreach program to member lake associations on RaFT lake water management issues with respect to engagement in the 2018 provincial and municipal elections.
  • Build on our initial positive experience in the Upper Trent Water Management Partnership to explore opportunities for collaboration with municipalities, MNRF and TSW for further data collection including the proposed LIDAR mapping initiative, water resource related economic impact data, the proposed Minden Hills flood studies, and lake specific fisheries data. With UTWMP, we will work towards improved water management communications in our local communities.


CEWF Executive Committee Members 2018 

Ted Spence, Catchacoma Lake, Chair, 

Bruce McClennan, Gull Lake, Vice Chair,

Roger Cunningham, White Lake, Secretary/Treasurer

Geoff Byford, Mountain Lake 

Bill Cornfield, Horseshoe Lake, 

David Lean, Jack’s Lake, 

Chris Riddle, Member at Large, 

Martin Rist, Drag & Spruce Lakes,

Jim Wilson, Twelve Mile Lake





Flood Warning for Bancroft Area

Watershed Conditions Statement - Flood Outlook Bancroft District NEWS Monday, February 19, 2018 10:00am

We have not received any warnings for the Haliburton area but are publishing this warning given the relative of the Bancroft area.  

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry - Bancroft District is advising area residents that a Watershed Conditions Statement - Flood Outlook is in effect in the Bancroft District. Residents of Bancroft District should keep a close watch on conditions, regularly check for updated messages and exercise caution near fast-moving rivers and streams. Please alert any children under your care to these dangers and supervise their activities. Residents who have a historic susceptibility to flooding should take appropriate precautions to protect their property, such as ensuring sump pumps are functioning and securing items that may float away as water levels rise. MNRF is closely monitoring the weather and developing watershed conditions. Further updates will be issued as appropriate.

TECHNICAL INFORMATION Description of Weather System This message is being sent on the basis of information received from MNRF - Surface Water Monitoring Centre, MNRF - Aviation Forest Fire and Emergency Management Services, Trent Severn Waterway and Environment Canada. A significant weather system is forecast to cross the province early this week. Monday and Tuesday will be messy days through eastern and southern Ontario. Heaviest rain is likely through Windsor/Sarnia into Stratford and Kitchener with a possible 75mm by early Wednesday morning. Temperatures will climb well above seasonal values throughout Ontario with daytime highs climbing towards +5 to +10C by Monday afternoon. Overnight lows will remain at or above freezing for the entire three day period. Between the start of rain on Monday afternoon to the tapering off of precipitation as the system moves out of the area on Wednesday, accumulated rain amounts could reach over 50 mm for the watershed area.

Description of Current Conditions Water levels and flows across the Bancroft District are generally in the normal range for this time of year. Forecast precipitation and associated snowmelt are likely to produce high water levels and flooding. There may be potential for minor ice jam related flooding on some rivers. A close watch on local forecasts and conditions is recommended. The MNRF and the Trent-Severn Waterway (TSW) continue to closely monitor local lakes and rivers as the freshet progresses. The MNRF is in regular communication with partner agencies and water control structure operators, including Conservation Authorities, Ontario Power Generation (OPG), Bracebridge Generation and the TSW.



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