Latest news and events at McGregor Lake
2019 MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL
By now paid members should have received their ’19’ orange membership sticker. If you didn’t find it left by the door, check the plaque attached to your dock as some were placed directly on the plaque. If you are still missing this visible confirmation of your support for the Association please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. And it’s not too late to pay your membership, if you haven’t had a chance to do so yet. You’ll find information on how to pay the $40 fee for your 2019 membership by visiting this link.
Not yet a member? You can simply click here to become a member. The Association counts on members’ $40 annual fee to help pay for the annual water quality testing, for the placement of some shoal makers on the lake, for the annual regatta, as well as to advocate on lake stewardship issues on behalf of residents with the municipality. The Association also helps share information on environmental, boating and septic tank regulations with residents.
WATER SAFETY CONCERNS
The MLA has recently sent a formal letter to Mayor Jacques Laurin regarding the rising number of complaints from lake residents regarding boat safety issues on the lake, particularly on weekends. The MLA has reaffirmed its long-held position that the Municipality needs to step up its efforts to police the waterways on weekends and high traffic periods, as well as educate boaters, particularly those accessing rental equipment at the public ramp at Pelissier Park. You can read the letter here (Lettre à Jacques Laurin FR / Letter to Jacques Laurin EN).
Boat safety issues are all of our responsibility, and we know that finding a balance so that everyone can enjoy the lake is an ongoing negotiation. We encourage boaters of all crafts to familiarize themselves with the rules and regulations, as well as common conventions and etiquette. There are a number of resources available on our Boating Safety page.
2019 UPDATE ON MLA EFFORTS TO CURTAIL INVASIVE EURASIAN WATERMILFOIL WEED IN MCGREGOR LAKE!
In 2019, the MLA announced a number of activities to alert residents to the severe impacts of the Eurasian Watermilfoil invasive species in an effort to curtail its spread in McGregor Lake.
- Awareness raising was our first priority and efforts included distribution of an info graphic to all members; an information display at the Annual Regatta-BBQ; as well as using the MLA website and Facebook page to provide additional information on this invasive species to MLA members.
- The second priority was to undertake a study and update the 2012 mapping of McGregor Lake (adding the part of Courville Bay east of Nadon bridge) and the 2015 mapping of Mud Bay. The non-profit research group Agence de Bassin Versant des 7 (ABV des 7) was contracted to conduct the study and completed the field research by mid-August. It is now preparing the map and compiling the formal report for the MLA.
- The third activity we announced was the placement of marker buoys to indicate areas of infestation, however, we noted significant changes in some areas identified in the 2012 McGregor map, and decided to prioritize the 2019 research study and await the results before proceeding with installation of the buoys. We’ll update this site when we have the final results of the 2019 research study, and include the proposed plans for the installation of the marker buoys.
A special thank you to MLA members Gaetan Duguay, Gary Anka, and Enrique Roman who offered their boats to transport the biologist and to Sue Featherstone for coordinating efforts around this important issue.
Remember, if you see segments of any type of milfoil floating in the lake, pick them up and carefully dispose of them away from the lake. Consult this page for more information on how to correctly identify the invasive species.
The 2019 Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the McGregor Lake Association was held on Saturday, June 8, 2019 from 10am to noon, at the Marcel-Periard Hall, at 17, Chemin du Manoir in Val-des-Monts (Perkins).
If you’d like to get more involved in the Association, or volunteer to help with events, such as the regatta or the water quality sampling, you can send an email to email@example.com. Want more information on the Association’s mandate? Be sure to visit the Association page.
The Boat Launch ramp is open!
The ramp typically opens in April/May (date confirmed annually by the municipality) until October 31. Once open, the ramp is open daily during the following hours:
– From 6am to 8pm (April/May-date TBC until June 23)
– From 6am to 9pm (June 24 until Labour Day)
– From 7am to 7pm (Labour Day until September 30)
– From 7am to 5pm (October 1 until October 14)
– From 9am to 5pm – Saturdays & Sundays only (October 15 until October 31)
Click here for a useful bilingual Safe-Boating Guide (which includes details on the fees), and here for the regulations related to the Public-access Ramp at Pélissier beach on McGregor Lake (available in French only).
Fees for Residents and Tax payers:
– Non-motorized boats: FREE
– Motorized boats: Fee ranges from $5 to $60 for the season (based on motor power/size)
Fees for Non-Residents:
– Non-motorized boats: FREE
– Motorized boats: Fee ranges from $10 to $120 per day (based on motor power/size)
Attention boaters ⚠️: New (or renovated) marker buoys have been installed for 2019. Please be cautious to avoid all known rock shoals and points of land as even in higher water you might still touch rock.
CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT 2018
Volunteers participated in the Christmas Bird Count 2018 that took place around McGregor Lake. We hit the 3rd highest total species in the eight (8) years that this count has been conducted. The results are posted here.
WATER TESTING RESULTS 2019
The annual water testing results are now available on the Water Quality page!
Do you like to do some fishing? Did you know there are some rules governing sports fishing? Depending on the species, there may be date and catch limits, which may also include a length limit. Luckily, the Quebec government has a useful search tool to help you know what those are. You can click here and select zone 10 for McGregor Lake. Also, you’ll most likely require a permit. Visit this link for more information on permits. You’ll also find here locations in Val-des-Monts where you can purchase your permit. Send us some pics of your best catches and we’ll post them on the site!
LOON COUNT 2019
Some of our favourite summer visitors are back again. How many you wonder? Check out our 2019 Loon Survey results here. Late summer nights at McGregor Lake just wouldn’t be the same without their haunting serenade…don’t you agree? The next 2019 Loon Count will take place on August 17, 2019. If you are interested, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT OF OUR WASTE
You may have noticed a change in garbage pick-up recently. The Municipality of Val-des-Monts has issued this bilingual Communiqué – Press release on July 13, 2018 concerning the environmental management of our waste. Since May 1, 2018 (with a two month transition period), home composting has become mandatory and garbage is now collected every two weeks, alternating with recyclables, throughout the year.
Here’s a summary of the information contained in the press release: Acceptable containers must have a maximum capacity of 360 liters, be rectangular, have wheels, not be ‘blue’ in color, and have the ability/handles etc. to be used by automated system. You can purchase it at home hardware stores or from the municipality for 80$ (tax and delivery included). Only one container is allowed per home. This is to help meet environmental targets set by the Government of Québec.
In addition, one week per month, the municipality will be collecting bulky waste. For more information, including dates, you can click this link (available in French only).
MLA MERCHANDISE FOR SALE
We are pleased to announce that the McGregor Lake Association merchandise (t-shirts, hoodies, golf shirts, ball-caps, tuques, water bottles) with the new logo is available for purchase! Sold at the annual AGM and regatta, they are also available for purchase by emailing email@example.com. Delivery or Pick-up will be organized by email. Visit Our Shop for more details.
All merchandise must be paid for by cash or cheque payable to McGregor Lake Association.
The 2019 Annual Regatta was held on July 13, 2019 at Camping McGregor. Participants showed off their potato-in-a-spoon running skills, their tug-of-waring abilities, their water-balloon-throwing acumen, and their swimming and running abilities. Ribbons and medals were awarded to competitors. Refreshments (wine, beer, water, lemonade and BBQ hot dogs) were also served. Visit our Regatta page to see photos.
Did you know that compostables account for 35-40% of our waste? Composting is a natural method to transform our kitchen and garden organic waste into rich fertile compost that can then be used to provide essential nutrients to our flower beds, gardens, vegetable gardens, indoor plants, etc. The Municipality of Val-des-Monts has distributed some 5,600 domestic compostors to residents. This includes a compost bin, the kitchen pan, the aerator and the door for the compost bin. A small guide is also included. For more information, as well as a video explaining home composting, please visit this link (available in French only at this time).
WATER MANAGEMENT PUBLIC CONSULTATIONS
The Municipality of Val-des-Monts held public consultations on the Water-Management Master Plan for the Blanche Ouest River watershed (WMMP) on Thursday, June 7, 2018 at 6 PM, J.A. Perkins Community Centre, Perkins and on Thursday, June 14, 2018 at 6 PM, Parc Thibault, Lac St-Pierre. Written comments could also be provided until June 28th. More information is available here and the Association’s response is available here.
BY-LAWS LINKS ADDED
At the top of the home page, you’ll see a tab for ‘By-Laws‘. Anytime you have a question on By-Laws, you can click on it and you’ll get not only a link to all the Municipality of Val-des-Monts By-Laws but also a listing of key By-Laws and Permits for McGregor Lake residents. Please note that the vast majority of these documents are only available in French (per the Val-des-Monts Municipality website).
LOST AND FOUND
A reminder that you can post lost and found items (such as docks!), as well as other articles of interest for McGregor Lake residents on our Faceboook page by clicking here. If you aren’t a member of our Facebook page, please send us a request via the Facebook group page.
HAVE ITEMS TO BUY, SELL OR TRADE?
As the main Facebook McGregor Lake Association page should not be used for any commercial purposes, a separate Facebook group has been set up where you can post products or services to buy, sell or trade with others, on or near the lake: McGregor Lake Buy & Sell Group. This is a closed group. To view items, or to post an item, you must have a Facebook account and send a request to join the group. This is a great way to save folks a long drive to buy something that someone may not need anymore… and hopefully help the environment at the same time.
SHARE YOUR PHOTOS!
Have some great photos of the lake? You can send your high resolution photos to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note that by sending these photos, you agree that these may be shared on the public McGregor Lake Association Website. Your name will be attributed to your photo (initial of first name, full last name). You can also submit them to the Facebook group page by clicking here (Note: You must have Facebook account and be a member of the McGregor Lake Association Facebook group to post on this page).
If you have some news of relevance to other McGregor Lake residents that should be featured on this page, please send the info to our email@example.com email account. We’ll contact you if we need additional details. Thanks!