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You may be well aware of the flood conditions that Muskoka experienced in the spring of 2019. All areas of Muskoka were affected, but perhaps the biggest financial impact occurred on Lake Muskoka, where water levels reached 2 ½ to 3 feet above dock level. In fact, the water was so high on Lake Muskoka that water was flowing backwards – from Lake Muskoka into the Indian River at Port Carling. We witnessed this ourselves over a two-day period. Simply astounding to watch!
The question on everybody’s mind is “Is this the new normal?”, given we have had abnormal, “once in 100 years” flood conditions, in 3 of the last 6 years.
If you are interested in monitoring your lake level in real-time, you can go to wateroffice.ec.gc.ca click on Hydrometric Station and Network Data, click on Real-time Station Search and enter Station # 02EB018 for Lake Muskoka (Beaumaris) and Station # 02EB020 for Lake Rosseau and Joseph (Port Carling).
Other lake data can be found by using the system tools.
In July 2019, the Ontario Government appointed Doug McNeil as Special Advisor on Flooding. In his review, Mr. McNeil confirmed that this year’s record-setting flooding in many parts of the province was caused by a combination of weather conditions…colder-than-average winter and spring temperatures, higher-than-average snowpack, lack of significant winter thaw and significant rain events in the spring. The Flood Advisor also confirmed that the 42 dams in the Muskoka watershed are not intended for flood control. The management of these dams is controlled through the Muskoka River Water Management Plan. He also found that nothing pointed to human error or the negligent operation of water control structures as the cause of the flooding, and that government and its partners were effective at reducing and mitigating flood risks. You can read the complete 157-page report by going to Ontario. ca/floodreport
Our interpretation of this report is that there are no quick fixes to Muskoka’s (and Ontario in general) risk of spring flooding. We can likely anticipate more spring flooding events if weather conditions are similar to the spring of 2019. We find it interesting to note that the Special Advisor on Flooding, Mr. McNeil, found that nothing pointed to human error or negligent operation of water control structures as the cause of this spring’s flooding. Many people in Muskoka jumped to the conclusion that this, in fact, was the reason that flooding in Muskoka was so extensive and severe. We have heard, informally, that the MNRF will be undertaking one prolonged water level drawdown on Lake Muskoka, and possibly Lakes Rosseau and Joseph also, rather than the two-step process employed in the past. If this approach is taken, it may be at the expense of some fish species, as the past first drawdown late in the year was to force the fish to spawn out in deeper water where their eggs would not freeze when the larger winter drawdown took place. We are sure there will be a lot of attention paid to this process this year.
This entry was posted on April 29, 2020 by Jim and Iris
“Thank you for the memorable sales and closing experience of finding the cottage of our dreams. A perfect fit for our needs.”I & E – Lake Muskoka cottage buyers
“Jim and Iris Gardiner were both amazing to deal with. A truly professional team. They shared a great deal of knowledge with us and really shed important light regarding potential Island Cottage ownership – all the pros and cons. Not only did they sell our existing cottage in 24 hours for much higher than our asking price they helped us find our new slice of paradise on Lake Muskoka in a very tight market. We are thrilled with our new cottage and love being on Eilean Gowan Island! We would highly recommend either Jim or Iris for any of your Real Estate needs!”J & D – Sold on Echo Lake and bought on Lake Muskoka
Jim did me a favor 20 years ago and I wanted to return the favor – I approached him and Iris at the cottage show and, even though I already had a real estate agent, he recommended a cottage property that I purchased and enjoyed for those 20 years. I therefore, tracked him down and had him be our agent in selling that property. Our priority was to find new owners that would be friendly and fit in well with the neighbors and Jim and Iris found the perfect couple Jim and Iris made the entire sale most enjoyable. The experience was so smooth and enjoyable that the sellers, the buyers and the real estate agents all got together for supper the following summer at our old cottage!K & L – Lake Muskoka
It is with great pleasure and appreciation for me to recommend the services of Jim Gardiner and the entire Gardiner Team. Jim’s awareness of community by-laws and market related activities extracted incremental value for us when we were finalizing the purchasing agreement.JB – Mirror Lake
Just want to tell you that you did a fine job for me on the cottage sale on Lake Muskoka. The sale has removed a huge load from my shoulders. Iris, just a note to thank you again. Money is in the bank!!!!!!BJ – Lake Muskoka