Forestry & Trails

2016 Forestry and Hiking Report

By Bruce Magee

The Mazinaw-Lanark Forest Inc. will continue its 2017-18 Annual Work Schedule (AWS) of our existing provincial 10-year forest maintenance plan with a harvest of Block 191, (North and South of Trout Lake Rd. north of Otter Lake) and 161 (South of Weslemkoon Lake Rd 2nd block west of the Lake).  For the 2017-18 season there will be tending of 2,000 pine and spruce seedlings in Block 163 (South of Seymore Creek and east of the Lake) and there will be harvest on block 181 (South of Ashby Lake between Weslemkoon and Hwy 41).  None of these cuttings will encroach minimum set-backs from the Lake. 

If anyone would like to view a pdf of the maps of these areas please feel free to contact me, and I would be happy to e-mail them to you.  My e-mail address is



Saturday Aug 12th, 10:00am.  Meet at the Seymour Creek Campsite. We’ll cross Seymour Creek together and hike onto block 163 and inspect modified cutting and tending practices. The Seymour Creek campsite is on the right-hand side hallway up Seymour Creek and before the Little Wes portage. We’ll hike as a group in a low impact method, which means we’ll leave only the trail behind.  The hike is estimated to take 1.5 hours in total. Come prepared with hat, insect repellent, water, and good hiking shoes.  Additionally, bring a camera if you like.



We’ll be offering nursery plantings again this year for those who would like to improve the management of the riparian zone around their cottage. The riparian zone is the ribbon of land around our lake from the high water mark to the densely forested wood land. From a conservation perspective, this is a key strip of land as it must filter effluent from our weeping tile beds, and retain storm water run-off into the lake. To a large degree it controls the water quality of our lake, and by extension the ecosystem for Weslemkoon fish and wildlife habitat.  AND, it goes without saying that lake water quality is critical to our enjoyment at the cottage, for swimming, boating and the many water activities that we all so enjoy.

We’ll have 20 seedlings available at cost for four cottagers that would like to have them planted on their property.  We’ll have a small crew of young and old members to help plant the first or second weekend after spring ice-out.  The cost of the seedlings is $1.29 each. If you would like to sign up for this planting on your property please call or e-mail me at, or call at (905) 854 2014.



If you’re interested in helping maintain one of the hiking trails around our lake please read on.

The LWCA is continuing its maintenance of our trails around Otter and Weslemkoon to other lakes.  The goal is to keep our trails in a clear and identifiable condition that allows hikers to be closer to nature.  Work on a trail will consist of clearing limbs and foliage around the trail head sign, pruning back branches on the trail and sectioning dead falls that block the path. Keeping it simple/natural, marking the start of the path, and clearing the way to make it an easy hike is the motto of our work.

If you’re interested in helping and would like to participate; get together a minimum of two people to form a trail maintenance team. Contact Bruce Magee by e-mail or phone (905) 854-2014, or cell (416) 432-3098. Please have the names of your team members ready/committed to the

task, and an anticipated date to do the maintenance, as well as a couple of trail choices (in case your first choice is already signed-up by another party).  All trail maintenance teams will be thanked and identified in The Loon Call.

Maintenance Team Specifics:  At the trail…  Prune back the branches that would be in the way of portaging a canoe along the trail. Cut and remove the dead falls across the path area. Pick up any garbage and hike it out.

Volunteers need to bring their own:

  • Pruning sheers
  • Bow saw or chain saw
  • Proper shoes clothing and protective gear

Here are a few precautionary notes of things not to do:

  • Do not modify or improve the boat landing area (no approval for any dock work)
  • Do not clear excessively wide trails (reduces the closeness to nature)
  • Do not get hurt
  • DO be smart, be safe and enjoy the project

Here’s the list of trails that need maintenance:

  • Needs to be done in 2017
  • Done in 2015-16
  • Ashby Lake
  • Mink Lake
  • McKenzie Lake
  • Effingham Lake (Little Wes)
  • Shiner Lake
  • Little Long Lake
  • Canoe Lake
  • Buck Lake
  • Green Lake (western trail)
  • Green Lake (eastern trail)
  • Pikes Peak
  • Pot Holes

A big and hearty thank you for all those that contributed to trail maintenance in summer of 2016. 

  • Christopher and Cindy Roberts
  • Kevin Moyser
  • Paul Bottos and Bruce Magee