Water Levels on Lake of Bays
We often get inquiries from members about water levels. Although the Association has no control over the lake level, a recent inquiry to the MNRF yielded the chart information below and the following explanation of this year's water levels.
"The water levels for 2020 are indicated by the blue line, and we’ve also included water levels for 2019 in orange so that you can visually compare. Please note the thin green lines on the chart indicate 10cm increments. This chart is consistent with the operating plan as per the Muskoka River Water Management Plan.
"As you can see, Lake of Bays water levels stayed within the Normal Operating Zone (yellow lines) throughout the spring of 2020, right around the target line, and within 10cm of what the target would be in July. Spring levels need to be higher (as indicated by path of “target” green line) to ensure there is enough water through the summer, ensuring residents can enjoy recreational activities such as boating and swimming. Without rain in the spring or summer, lake levels continue to drop through evaporation and maintaining minimum flows downstream in the south branch."