Echo Lake is a beautiful, spring-fed lake located 4 km outside of Baysville Ontario, in the Township of Lake of Bays, Muskoka. An early surveyor located seven places where a clear echo could be heard, and generations of children have enjoyed listening for those magical sounds. Echo Lake is 651 acres in size and has several bays. In general, it is a fairly shallow lake and at its deepest location measures 45 ft. The towns of Bracebridge and Huntsville and the village of Dorset are all within a 25 km radius from Baysville, making Echo Lake a great location for services and events of all kinds in every season.
Fire Danger Ratings
For current LOCAL ratings click here or call 1-877-847-1577.
Ontario forest fire info can be found here. Please note the following...
YOU are responsible for fires you light!
From April through October, people using outdoor fires must follow strict guidelines under the Forest Fires Prevention Act of Ontario to ensure their fires are properly managed. Anyone who starts a fire outdoors must take all necessary steps to tend the fire, keep it under control, and make sure the fire is out before leaving the site. A person failing to burn safely could be fined and held responsible for the cost of putting out the fire. People living in municipalities should check with local fire officials for bylaws on outdoor fires. Those of you who rent should make it VERY clear that their rental agreement does not exempt them from the rules above. Renters are not exempt from fire restrictions.
Blue-green algae bloom
Please note that the algae bloom notice for Echo Lake has been lifted. Please also note that without getting to the source of the problem, it may possibly rear its ugly head again some time. We should not fall into complacency. Out of sight, out of mind is a danger here. So what can we do about it? Unfortunately not a lot right now - but here is what can be done to prevent future blooms.
- Plant and maintain native vegetation around the lake, which help filter water and don’t require fertilizer (i.e. create a buffer zone). This is also good for overall lake and aquatic life health. Incorporate native vegetation, rather than cement banking or manicured lawns, around the lake shore. Allow natural vegetation to grow near the water’s edge. Don't remove it!
- Make sure your septic system is properly maintained (pumped out every 3 to 6 years depending upon use (number of people, number of months used, etc). If it is damp or smells around your septic system, chances are it is overloaded or failing. You may need to replace the tank and / or the septic bed. The cost is not cheap but it will be offset by the preservation of your property value. Obviously algae blooms will make a lake less desirable and therefore lead to a decrease in property values.
- Do not use lawn and garden fertilizers, especially near bodies of water.
- Remove grass clippings and leaves to prevent decomposition in or around the lake.
- Do not allow pets to defecate in or near the lake. Pick up and remove any waste making sure to properly dispose of it.
Remember, blooms not only hurt the lake ecosystem but they can also hurt property values. Please do your part to help our lake!
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