Big Cedar Lake Stewardship Information

What is stewardship?

“Stewardship” is the act of helping to manage something.  In the case of the BCLSA, stewardship is participating in the active management of ecological health of the lake and its surroundings as outlined in the goals and objectives of the BCLA.  This includes helping to monitor, protect, and restore Big Cedar Lake.

Who can be a steward?

Although cottage owners on the lake are asked to maintain a paid membership in BCLSA, a  Big Cedar Lake steward can be anyone who has an interest in the health of the lake – cottagers, local residents, occasional recreational users (boating, fishing, canoeing, swimming, etc.), academics, students, government agencies, other associations, etc.  For interested parties who do not have a cottage on Big Cedar Lake or its watershed but would like to become a member of the BCLSA, please contact the Big Cedar Lake Stewardship Association at

Water Quality Testing

For several years some of our lake residents have taken water quality samples as part of the surveys done by the Kawartha Lakes Stewards Association.
Please see Big Cedar Lake Data for more details.

Maintain a Natural Shoreline

Understand why natural shorelines improve the quality of Big Cedar Lake. Please see 9-easy-ways-to-get-a-beautiful-shoreline-and-a-healthy-lake for more details.

Take a shoreline test to help understand what the issues are on your property and how to change
them. Try a self-assessment here.

Watershed Canada runs a program to help cottage owners make a plan, select plant material and do
the planting for naturalization. Refer to their resources Restoring the Ribbon of Life here.