Recreation & Ecology

Handy resources to help you enjoy & understand the waterway

Thinking of planning a trip along our waterway, wondering about water depths or water quality,  where to go, how long it will take, what to see. There’s much to see here. So, take your time, look around, and learn all there is to know about Sand Lake and the Rideau System.

At a glance guide to the Rideau Canal

This is the perfect resource for planning a trip along the Rideau system, thanks to content assembled and curated by our very own Ken Watson.  Great resources are assembled here that allow you to understand the history, sights to see, rates, hours and local ecology.

LINK TO AT A GLANCE GUIDE TO THE RIDEAU

Paddling Guide

If you have a few hours, or a few days, and want to experience the canal up close, here is Ken’s perfect resource for you to plan a paddle.

LINK TO PADDLING GUIDE

Parks Canada water level monitoring

 The water level of our lake is managed by Parks Canada  who determine the target water level for any given time of year— 

high in summer for navigation, low in winter/spring to provide capacity for the spring freshet.  

Parks Canada have recently opened up a section on their website which shows the current level of our lake (and past levels). 

Their gauge labeled Jones Falls is the level for Sand Lake.

LINK TO WATER LEVEL INFORMATION

Water Sampling

As a volunteer, Ken Watson has gathered and recorded fabulous information on the health of our lake, with comparisons to neighbouring lakes. Information allows us to see the impact of invasive species such as zebra mussels and other environmental influences.

LINK TO WATER SAMPLING

European Gypsy Moth

European Gypsy Moth is an invasive species that can be destructive to our forests. Populations can vary over the years, and we appear to be entering a period of intense infestation.

Lanark County in partnership with the Invasive Species Centre and Eastern Ontario Model Forest, have produced a simple guide for residents to understand and deal with this invasive insect. A copy can be downloaded here.