Lake Do’s & Don’ts

While there is never an easy answer, or quick fix to protect our lake, there are a number of simple things that we can all do AND encourage our neighbours to do. Understanding how our actions affect the long-term health of our lake will help us all become better Lake Stewards and better neighbours.

Do’s include…

  1. Renaturalize your shoreline. Planting native species along the water’s edge helps the lake by filtering run-off and oxygenating the water along the shoreline. A vegetated shoreline reduces the amount of unwanted chemicals such as phosphates entering the lake, minimizes erosion, and provides improved habitat for aquatic wildlife. Buffer zones of plants also increase the natural beauty of the lake.
  2. Ensure your Septic System is in good working order. Septic tanks need to be pumped out every 3 to 5 years and the entire system should be checked regularly. A little proactive care in this area will go a long way.
  3. Go Phosphate Free. Use phosphate free, environmentally friendly soap, shampoo, detergent, and cleaner.
  4. Be considerate and respectful members of the Three Mile Lake Community by making yourself aware of the local by-laws. Printing and posting this note in your cottage will give your guests and renters the information they need to know about enjoying our lake responsibly.
  5. Report unsafe boating by calling the OPP at 1 800 310-1122.

Don’ts include…

  1. Don’t wash in the lake. All soaps and cleansers contain chemicals and perfumes.
  2. Don’t use antibacterial soap. Your septic system needs bacteria to break down solids.
  3. Don’t use fertilizer. Fertilizers contain nitrogen and phosphorous which enter the lake through run off.
  4. Don’t use sand along the shoreline. Sand contains phosphorous and destroys the natural filters we need to keep the lake healthy.
  5. Don’t create hard surfaces such as paved driveways, retaining walls, and concrete paths. Unwanted material is carried quickly to the water when it rains.
  6. Don’t create excessive wakes. They erode the shoreline and damage docks.

Municipal and Natural Resource Bylaws

Please see our links page for specific information on all building and natural resource specific restrictions.