Here it is, the May long weekend, time to get summer started. The lake is ready. The water level is up. The buoys are all put out. The sun is shining. The grass is green - for the most part. No bugs to speak of - yet. And the weather forecast is nice - for Saturday and Sunday, at least; Mondayis forecast to be a little wet. Time to really enjoy the long weekend.
Now, a bit of technical stuff. The low lake level has corrected significantly as Renfrew Power Generation put all logs in the dam on April 30th. There has been no output from the lake since then and quite a bit of rain so the level has risen almost 12 cm. It is still low for this time of year, but much more satisfactory. I noticed that there was a small outflow yesterday so I assume the dam has now been topped. Unless this is a very dry summer the level should remain pretty much as is.
This morning Ray Petrie, Bob Peltzer and I got all the buoys out. Several have had to be moved slightly from their normal position to acknowledge the lower water. So take extreme care initially as there are numerous shallow sections surrounding the markers. Stay well clear of all buoys and do not go between a buoy and the nearest shore. Particularly dangerous areas are; 1. north of Feather (Swim) Island, and 2. south of Turners Island. If you note a location you think should be marked, let Lorne, Wayne or me know. Our thanks to Bob Peltzer for the use of his pontoon boat this morning and to Opeongo Mountain Resort for the donation of the gas, greatly appreciated.