Welcome to Big Cedar Lake Stewardship Association, Big Cedar, Ontario

Spring 2017 Newsletter. Read it here

2017 Membership Renewal

Please see the membership page to download the form for 2017 renewal. Thanks to all of you that support the health and well-being of our wonderful lake.

Big Cedar Lake Health Assessment Report 2017

To read the report see Lake Data.

Big Cedar Lake is in the forefront of other lakes in the Kawarthas in developing strategies to maintain a healthy balance of its ecology and its recreational use.

Through a creative and successful relationship first with EnviroScience and presently with Trent University’s Ecological Restoration Program, under the leadership of Professor Dr. E. Sagar, our lake association has addressed and made very good progress towards the Eurasian milfoil weed that was becoming a real threat to the natural balance of the lake and its recreational enjoyment. Using a combination of research-based solutions of aquatic predators, special matting, and physical weed patch removal, our lake is well on the way to the return of a healthy balanced status.

Today, all the scientific data recorded on the lake show excellent water quality, clarity, and cleanliness. Boating, swimming and fishing are enjoyed without significant hindrance of weeds, and the areas for fish spawning are more viable in restoring stocks.

The goal now for our Healthy Lake Program is to continue the ecological work with Trent University. This relationship ensures that we receive the know-how and the students to perform the necessary tasks. This arrangement also requires an ongoing commitment of funds to further the success we have achieved to date. Everyone who uses the lake benefits from the results. Property values are upheld when there is a healthy lake. Currently the annual contribution towards the Healthy Lake Program is $360.00. Your support to the association helps us all.

New Proposed In Water Structures Bylaw

Mayor’s Message March 2016 See the latest news for details.

BCLSA Email address Please also note that we now have a dedicated email address for the BCLSA bigcedarlakesa@gmail.com

All communications from now on will come from this email address – please add to your contact list.

Any questions re the BCLSA should be directed to this email as it will be monitored and your questions answered.

Please share this information with your neighbours, particularly if they have purchased recently and may not be familiar with the BCLSA.

About the Association

The Big Cedar Lake Stewardship Association is non-profit corporation (BCLSA) and was formed on in spring of 2011, initially to find a way to control the amount of weed that has spread throughout a significant part of the lake in the past three years. The first Annual General Meeting was held on the 24th of May weekend with a large attendance.

As outlined in the objectives of the Association a broader mandate from the members is anticipated, looking at the general stewardship of the watershed and lake. It is hoped that the members will become more connected and the general welfare of the lake will benefit from these linkages.


There are 127 cottages on the lake of which 80 have become members as of June 2012. The goal is to have 100% membership so that we can all be represented and contribute to the well-being of our wonderful lake. The knowledge and experiences of all those who value Big Cedar lake will make the Association a stronger entity and will lead to better understanding of issues by all who use the lake.

BCLSA Leadership

The BCLSA is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors who manage the day to day activities of the Association reporting the membership at large. The incorporation of the Association calls for a Board of 10 members or the number who stand at an Annual General Meeting. For 2011 8 members make up the Board. The Board elects the officers from its members.
Members of the Board are:

Brian Stock

John Graham

Darcy Wefers

Don Austin

David Clutton Jr.

Leo Desorcy

Dave Madden

Meg Luxton

Various committees are created and have volunteer members who agree to work as required to carry out the committee objectives/goals.

Webmaster: Cliff Homewood

A copy of BCLSA’s Bylaws are available to view or download.

Objectives of BCLSA:

  • The preservation and improvement (or regeneration) of the environmental health of Big Cedar Lake in the Province of Ontario and its surroundings;
  • Serve as a focal point for Big Cedar Lake stewardship and improvement projects;
  • Provide information concerning matters related to the Big Cedar Lake community;
  • Providing a forum for Big Cedar Lake users to meet and get to know each other.

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New Photos
Check out the latest photos of Big Cedar taken from the air! Also, 2015 PaddleFest. See Gallery
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