Caring for Loon Lake
You arrive up here on a Friday night after a long drive and settle in for thenight. When you wake up in the morning, the lake is there, shimmering likeit always does, and gives you a sense of relaxation, of escape from the cityworld. You spend the day lounging around on the dock watching the watersplashing against the shore and perhaps going out for a boat ride. If there'sgrand kids, perhaps you'll spend a few hours pulling them around on tubes.You'll perhaps have some dives off the dock and then, after a long day, headup to the cottage for a barbeque. After dinner, you'll go out fishing for anhour or so. Then you'll come in and settle down for a movie or some TVbefore going to bed.That seems like a fairly typical busy day at the cottage - enjoying the lake.Something you repeat several times over the summer season.But what if that day wasn't as nice as it's always been? What if the lakedidn't shimmer but instead had patches of algae floating offshore andbuilding up on your beach? And what if the algae had a distinct odour ? Whatif the shoreline was all eroded away with rocks and tree roots showing? Whatif there were weeds in front of the dock where you wanted to dive or float ona tube? What if you cut your feet on the zebra mussels on the lake bottom?What if your whole body itched after you went in swimming ? And the ladderon the side of the dock had long green slimy, mossy fibres that got all overyour legs when you tried to get out of the water ? What if going fishingyielded no fish and you were constantly getting snagged on weeds?Sounds pretty bad doesn't it ! Think it can't happen in Loon Lake - thinkagain! It's happened just south of here in the Kawarthas. And it only took afew decades to happen!And that's what this article is all about - preventing a disaster fromhappening on Loon Lake.