Additional Results from August 29th and September 2nd Water Samples – September 27, 2022

Three Mile Lake Community.

On Thursday, September 22 we received information concerning the blue-green algae bloom affecting Three Mile Lake from the Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Parks (MECP).  The communication reported toxin levels from the samples taken on August 29th and September 2nd.

Some brief background information regarding cyanobacteria and cyanotoxins.

  • Blue-Green Algae is more correctly known as cyanobacteria
  • Some cyanobacteria can produce various cyanotoxins (toxins).
  • The cyanobacteria in Three Mile Lake produce microcystins and anatoxin. Microcystins are of greater concern.
  • The release of toxins in an algal bloom into the surrounding water occurs mostly during cell death and lysis (i.e. cell rupture)
  • Every governing body provides guidance with regard to microcystin exposure.
  • Health Canada’s guidance:
    • Total microcystins:
      • Drinking water: less than or equal to 1.5 micrograms per Litre (µg/L)
      • Recreational Use: less than or equal to 10 µg/L

The following toxin results were sent from MECP via email.  The toxin levels reported below are from the samples taken on August 29th and September 2nd.  As noted above, keep in mind toxin levels change as the bloom deteriorates and cyanobacteria die off.  These are point-in-time results.


The following are the results we received from our labs in regard to Three Mile Lake samples.

Location 1:  Cowan Rd. – West Basin


            • Total Microcystins – 0.12 micrograms per Litre (µg/L)
            • Total Anatoxin-A – below the detectible limit of 0.20 micrograms per Litre (µg/L)
            • Algal ID- Yes to a Cyano bloom – Algae condition was very deteriorated.
            • The most abundant algae in the bloom included blue-green algae; also known as cyanobacteria, which has the potential to produce toxins.

Location 2: Hammell’s Bay Three Mile Lake


            • Total Microcystins – below the detectable limit
            • Total Anatoxin-A – below the detectable limit
            • Algal ID – Yes to a Cyano Bloom – Algae condition was in deterioration
            • The most abundant algae in the bloom included blue-green algae; also known as cyanobacteria, which has the potential to produce toxins.

Location 3: Carlo Enterprise Road Three Mile Lake – East Basin


            • Total Microcystins – 0.13 µg/L
            • Total Anatoxin-A – Below the detectable limit
            • Algal ID – Yes to a Cyano Bloom – Algae condition was in deterioration
            • The most abundant algae in the bloom included blue-green algae; also known as cyanobacteria, which has the potential to produce toxins.

Barrie District

Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks


It is important to note lakes are dynamic ever-changing environments and toxins are released after cyanobacteria die and decay.  These results will change over the course of the bloom.  Please continue to use common sense when using the lake.  We anticipate further testing by the MECP over the next few weeks.  We will communicate information as we receive it.

The following are links to Cyanobacteria publications for your reference.

Cyanobacterial Toxins in Drinking Water Health Canada

Guidelines for Canadian Recreational Water Quality – Cyanobacteria and their Toxins Health Canada

Blue-green Algae Government of Ontario

Learn about Cyanobacteria and Cyanotoxins United States Environmental Protection Agency

TMLA Board

All Candidates Meeting September 24th 2022 – Port Carling Community Centre

The Muskoka Ratepayers’ Association is sponsoring an All Candidates Meeting on Saturday, September 24th, 2022 starting at 10:00 AM sharp in the Port Carling Community Centre.

This is your opportunity to hear directly from the candidates for all positions so that you can come to an informed opinion when you exercise your vote.

  • You will have an opportunity to meet with the candidates before the meetings – starting at 9:30 AM.
  • You will then hear from each of the candidates (in the formal meeting)
  • Finally, there will be a question period where candidates will respond to questions that you have had an opportunity to submit.
  • Your written questions will be accepted until 10:30 AM.

The meeting will finish promptly at noon, but candidates will be available to you informally after the meeting.

Additionally, the Ratepayers have previously posed written questions to all the candidates, and their written responses to these are being consolidated into a document that will be available to all members in good standing of the Muskoka Ratepayers a day or so after the meeting.

As always, the Ratepayers believe that an informed electorate is key, and that it is up to each individual to make their own decision on October 24th, 2022.

We hope to see you all there, and let your friends and family know – all are welcome.


All Candidates Meeting

Saturday, September 24th at 10 am

Port Carling Community Centre

3 Bailey Street
Port Carling, Ontario P0B 1J0 Canada

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Muskoka Votes on October 24, 2022

On October 24th you have the opportunity to elect the next Township of  Muskoka Lakes Council. We urge you to vote!

You can vote for the Mayor and for the Ward B Councillors. We have included the recommendations from the Muskoka Lakes Association (MLA Endorsement), but please do your own due diligence to determine your own choice of candidates.

You can find more information about the election and register to vote here: Vote 4 Muskoka


MLA Election Flyer 2022

Blue-Green Algae Bloom Updated to include Hammell’s Bay – September 2, 2022

The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit (SMDHU) is informing residents and visitors to the Township of Muskoka Lakes that laboratory analysis has confirmed the presence of a blue-green algae bloom impacting Hammell’s Bay, Three Mile Lake, Township of Muskoka Lakes. As a result, the blue-green algae notice issued August 29, 2022 for the Carlo Enterprise Road and Cowan Park Road, Utterson is being expanded to include all of Three Mile Lake and Hammell’s Bay, Township of Muskoka Lakes.

Many species of blue-green algae (also called cyanobacteria) have the potential to produce toxins that are harmful to the health of humans and animals when exposed in large amounts. Due to the confirmed presence of the bloom, we are asking residents and visitors to exercise caution and recognize that toxins may also be present.

As a precautionary measure, the SMDHU urges residents and businesses to avoid drawing or drinking water from private water supplies that are impacted by the lake where blue-green algae has been identified and to take the following precautions:

  • Do not use a private water supply that is impacted or draws water from this area of the lake for the preparation of infant formula.
  • Do not allow pets or livestock to drink or swim in the water where an algae bloom is visible.
  • Fish taken from waters with cyanobacterial blooms have the potential to contain toxins. Exercisecaution when eating fish caught in water where blue-green algae blooms occur.
  • Do not use herbicides, copper sulphate or other algaecides that may break open algae cells and release toxins into the water.
  • Avoid water sport activities where an algae bloom is visible.

I strongly recommend seeking medical attention if symptoms such as skin, eye or throat irritation, allergic reactions or breathing difficulties occur following contact with the blue-green algae bloom. Anyone who comes into contact with blue-green algae should wash with soap and water or rinse thoroughly with clean water. Swimming, bathing or showering with water not visibly affected by a blue- green algae bloom is not expected to cause health effects.

The health unit and the Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Parks will continue to work together to monitor the algal bloom and updates will be provided on our website

For further information, call Health Connection Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at 1-877-721- 7520. Links to general information and updates about blue-green algae are available on the health unit website at


Charles Gardner, MD, CCFP, MHSc, FRCPC Medical Officer of Health

Blue-Green Algae Notice – August 29, 2022

The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit (SMDHU) is informing residents and visitors to the Township of Muskoka Lakes that laboratory analysis has confirmed the presence of a blue-green algae bloom impacting two locations on Three Mile Lake in the area of Carlo Enterprise Road and Cowan Park Road, Utterson, Township of Muskoka Lakes.


The full notice is found here: Blue-Green Algae Public Notice August 29, 2022

Potential Algae Bloom – August 20, 2022

To the Three Mile Lake Community.

This is to inform the Three Mile Lake community of “potential” Blue-Green Algae (Cyanobacteria) blooming in the main basin of Three Mile Lake.  Please use common sense with regards to the lake water.

A report of a potential bloom was submitted Friday, August 19th with the Spill Action Centre of the Ministry of Environment.  A representative has confirmed sampling to be taken from the lake on Monday, August 22nd.

We will keep the community updated with any information we receive concerning this potential bloom.

TMLA Board of Directors

Parks and Recreation Masterplan, July 19, 2022

On Wednesday, July 13, 2022, Council adopted the Parks and Trails Masterplan.

The Parks and Recreation Master Plan will be used to assist in determining recreation, parks, trails and facilities requirements for the Township that, in conjunction with the Township’s Strategic Plan, will inform future investment and developments.

The Plan will allow the Township to guide and manage the direction of parks, open spaces, recreation and leisure services, programs, events, facilities and amenities.

Please visit the Engage Page to read the approved Parks and Recreation Masterplan.

Lake Protection Workbook July 5, 2022

The Lake Protection Workbook was updated, and a second printing has happened! Now is the time for you to order your copies for your family and waterfront or cottage association.

The “Lake Protection Workbook: A Self-Assessment Tool for Shoreline Property Owners” is an educational tool that helps property owners make improvements to their shorelines and provides information about lake protection. It includes a series of questions that will help you assess how well you are protecting your property and your lakefront through everyday actions. The Workbook also provides practical information, recommendations, and space for recording improvements to assist you in your lake protection efforts.

This Workbook was produced by the Lake Links Planning Committee with collaboration and review from many organizations including Cataraqui Conservation, Friends of the Tay Watershed Association, Lake Networking Group, Lanark County Stewardship Council, Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority, Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, Rideau Valley Conservation Authority and Watersheds Canada.

While you can always download an online copy for free, you can also now order a physical copy for $2.00+shipping by emailing Monica at Payment can be sent by e-transfer or by cheque and will be arranged by email.  Copies are now ready to ship! If you have any questions, please email Monica at

Already using your Lake Protection Workbook? Make a positive change in your community and be entered in a draw for a $100 gift card to your local native plant nursery! Take a photo of you using the Lake Protection Workbook and taking local action and post it on social media using #LakeBookChallenge. You can also email a photo and caption to This contest ends September 30, 2022, and is open to Canadian residents.

Published by Watersheds Canada, July 5, 2022

Township of Muskoka Lakes Announces Draft 3 of Official Plan – June 13, 2022

The Township is pleased to announce that staff and the consulting team will be bringing a report and Draft 3 of the Official Plan to a series of Special Planning Committee meetings commencing on June 20, 2022 at 9 am. This updated draft is based on all of the feedback received from the community and agencies from last fall’s Open Houses and online survey. Planning Committee will give consideration to further revisions to the draft of the Official Plan as well as direction to circulate the draft prior to hosting a statutory Open House and Public Meeting later this summer, where more opportunities for public feedback will be available.

The report and draft Official Plan are now posted on the Engage Muskoka Lakes webpage as well as on the Government

No Time To Waste – Recycle Right – Muskoka’s Roadmap to 60% Waste Diversion – June 9, 2022

June 9, 2022 (Muskoka, ON) – Recycling right makes a difference. When we recycle, it benefits the environment in several ways – material and natural resources are preserved, energy is saved during the manufacturing process, greenhouse gas emissions are reduced that contribute to climate change, and less waste is sent to our only landfill.

At the same time, recycling markets have become much more strict about the quality of the recycling materials they accept – it’s time to throw out bad recycling habits and recycle right.

It’s not enough to just recycle; it’s important to recycle right.

Our recyclables in Muskoka are now going to a state-of-the-art facility that can effectively sort mixed recycling. We are adapting to the ever-changing material types manufacturers are putting into the marketplace to make sure we are recycling as much as possible to reach our goal of 60% waste diversion.

We are committed to providing consistent, weekly service this summer – collecting mixed recycling will offer more efficient collections for crews who typically run two recycling routes to collect both streams (paper products and containers.)

What is changing?

Our community can now mix acceptable recyclables (paper products and containers) together in one box, bin, or clear bag. Residents will see a single truck collecting recyclables, and collection will take place whether residents have separated recyclables or mixed them together.

Sorting, however, is still critical – in that, you need to be absolutely sure you are only recycling the acceptable items in our program.

We need your help.

Tossing items that are not acceptable into your recycling can do great harm to recycling collectors and equipment.  Placing wrong items in the recycling can be unsafe to those who collect, transport, and process the material and can result in serious injury and equipment fires. Items like propane camping cylinders, batteries, sharps/needles, and lightbulbs are not recyclable and require special care.

To learn more about how to properly dispose of any item, try our Waste Wizard online at or our Muskoka Recycles app.

  • Keep lids on – Keeping lids on makes sure lids/caps reach their final destination. Small loose items are not recyclable and often end up as litter.
  • Empty recyclables – Dirty material can’t be recycled. Empty any products with food inside – this will also help prevent unwanted critters from being attracted to your material at the curbside.
  • No coffee pods – The coffee pod market is not standardized. Some manufacturers use recyclable plastic outer containers, others make pods from ‘compostable’ plastic resins or organic products, and others make them from a combination of these materials. This makes it challenging and costly to recycling programs. Keep all coffee pods out of your recycling, or consider using a refillable pod.
  • No textiles/clothing – These items cannot be recycled in our recycling program – there are more valuable and effective ways of handling this material. Look for donation bins, non-profits, charities, and thrift shops around your area to donate textiles, including clothing, curtains, towels, and scrap fabric.

When we recycle right, we can make a difference for our environment and our community. To find out “what goes where” visit our website at or download our free Muskoka Recycles mobile app and try our Waste Wizard.


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