Whether you are just visiting for the weekend, or your family built one of the first cottages on Koshlong a century ago, what you do during your time here has an impact on the entire community and ecosystem.
You can help to make everyone's stay more fun, safe and enjoyable by following a few simple guidelines for being a "Good Neighbour".
The opportunity to view a starry night sky is a unique pleasure of lake life. Artificial lights on decks and docks, as well as through large windows, create glare that washes out the dark sky. You reduce your impact when you:
We all want to make s’mores, and maybe burn up winter debris, but outdoor fires do pose a risk to you and your neighbours if not properly managed
Mind local noise ordinances, which prohibit "any unnecessary noise or unnecessary sound which disturbs the quiet, peace, rest, enjoyment, comfort or convenience of any other person" between 11:00 pm and 6:00 am
The lake is NOT the place to wash your body, your clothes, your dishes or any other household items. NO SOAP or cleaner – even “phosphate free” or “all natural” – is safe to put directly into the lake – it needs to be filtered through your septic and soil.
This should be obvious, right? Sadly, all kinds of garbage gets left around cottage properties and campgrounds, creating hazards for people and animals, attracting wildlife, leaching chemicals, and ending up in the lake. Do your part to keep litter at bay:
Pack out what you pack in -- to the cottage and to campsites: Collect ALL your waste and bring it to the proper disposal facility
Keep household waste in secure containers so wildlife and pets cannot get in
Remove all construction waste from your building or renovation site and dispose of it properly at municipal waste facilities
Your shoreline is a cornerstone of the lake ecosystem, but it is also your neighbour’s view of the lake. From their docks or boats, people expect to gaze at Ontario’s natural beauty, not a suburban lawn. Lower your impact on the ecosystem, give yourself some privacy, and allow your neighbours a peaceful view – all by doing LESS yard work and letting native grasses, shrubs and trees grow along your shore.
Poorly functioning septic systems are the primary source of contamination to lake water. But they also emit noxious odours that can ruin an otherwise beautiful day for you and nearby cottagers. Learn how to care for your septic system, get it checked regularly, and repair or replace it if it is malfunctioning.
For many of us, a cottage isn't complete without a dog (or several). Help them be good neighbours too:
At the lake, most of us are farther from the resources we rely on in town than we are at our primary residences. Keep an eye out for simple, everyday ways we can help fill the gaps for each other: