The Pileated woodpecker

The Pileated Woodpecker is a large, mostly black woodpecker native to North America. An insectivore, it inhabits deciduous forests in eastern North America, the Great Lakes, the boreal forests of Canada, and parts of the Pacific Coast.

Location: Haliburton Ontario
Lake: Redstone Lake

In case you missed them

The CBC recently ran a couple of articles of interest to property owners, especially if that property is lakeside.

Dandelions! Bees (and other pollinators) depend on them in the early spring. You should probably be eating them too. And without mowing or herbicides (which we know you’re not using, for your lake’s health, right?) you really can’t beat them. So why not learn to love them?

Bad news for fishing. It seems that climate change, among its other devastations, is raising the temperature of our lakes, which lowers the oxygen content, which, among other things, makes them less fish-friendly. Whether you want to catch fish, or just join them for a companionable swim, we can all agree that more is better. The problem is made worse by run-off from faulty or failing septic systems, or fertilizers (but you really aren’t using those, are you?), or a denuded shoreline that doesn’t capture excess nutrients before they enter the water. So get your septic checked regularly and naturalize your shoreline: your finny neighbours will be grateful.

Clean - Drain Dry Your Boat

Don’t Spread Invasive Species

Moving boats from one lake to another can spread invasive plant and animal species that harm our lake ecosystems and reduce our enjoyment of recreational activities. For example, the thick mats created by invasive plant species, such as Eurasian Water-Milfoil and Starry Stonewort, can ruin swimming, boating, and fishing. You can help protect our lakes from the spread of invasive species by encouraging your friends and family to clean, drain, and dry their boats before moving them to another lake.

Learn More:  General Info  |  Eurasian Water-Milfoil  |  Starry Stonewort

Watch your wake to protect our shorelines

Did you know that boat wakes can erode our shorelines? The wave action created by boats moving at high speeds can wash away shoreline soils. Shoreline erosion damages waterfront properties and adds sediment to our lake, which can harm fish and their habitat. Please remind your friends and family to reduce their boat speed within 30 m of any shoreline. Learn more here


FOCA is very proud to launch the new Be #WakeAware campaign, together with our partners at the Muskoka Lakes Association and Safe Quiet Lakes. Boaters need to be #WakeAware to ensure ALL lake or river users are able to enjoy the water safely and sustainably. Any wake near shore can cause issues for loons, docks, shorelines, swimmers, and other small craft users. Large wake users are encouraged to take their fun to the middle of large lakes. Avoid narrow, shallow, or near-shore areas, and watch behind you to understand your wake impact. All small powerboat users can help, too, by always reducing speed to 10 km/hr or less within 30m of shore, and by getting up to plane quickly when transitioning from slow to high speed. We all have a role to play in being #WakeAware.

Do your part: Please visit the campaign webpage, share the link and #WakeAware hashtag on your own social networks, websites, and community groups, and circulate this message to everyone you know who loves the waterfront in Ontario:

Learn more about boating safety

Download our informative (PDF) documents below. Your knowledge about boat safety makes our cottage community a better one.

Watching your Wake

Those of us with our pleasure craft licence studied specific rules of the water geared to safe & responsible boating; most of us are familiar with general boat safety & etiquette. We may not be as familiar with the impact of boat wake. Click here to download or view the PDF online.

Private Buoy – Signage Guide

Private Buoy – Signage Guide. Click here to download or view the PDF online.

RLCA Safe Boating Guide

RLCA Safe Boating Guide cira 2009 – Click here to download or view the PDF online.

An Owners Guide to Private Buoys

An Owners Guide to Private Buoys. Click here to download or view the PDF online.


Concert at the Lake

Carl Dixon’s powerful vocals and songs have put him at the forefront of the Canadian rock industry for three decades. RLCA helped spread the word about this awesome concert. Friends, family and pets had a great time watching from the boats. It was the best Summer 2021 Fun. Check out some of the pictures and videos CLICK HERE

Carl Dixon in Concert
Date: July 3rd, 2021
Time: 1-5 pm
Redstone lake
North Beaches

Don’t forget to share this event with your fellow cottagers friends

Photo Contest

Submit your summer fun photos for a chance to win an amazing prize. Show us how you’d have been spending your days at the cottage.


All photos must be original work, taken by the entrants. No third party may own or control any materials the photo contains, and the photo must not infringe upon the trademark, copyright, moral rights, intellectual rights, or rights of privacy of any entity or person.

  • The photo must be in its original state and cannot be altered in any way, including but not limited to removing, adding, reversing, or distorting subjects within the frame.
  • Violators will be removed from the contest, stripped of any prize(s), and banned from entering future contests.
  • Entries will not be accepted unless submitted via the official contest channel. Entries not submitted through the proper channel will be deleted.
  • Entries will be judged by the RLCA All decisions are final. The Company reserves the right to disqualify any entry that is deemed inappropriate or does not conform to stated contest rules.
  • By entering the contest, entrants agree that photos submitted can be used by the [Redstone Lake Cottagers Association] for advertising purposes.
  • Submissions will not be accepted once the deadline lapses.
  • The prize must be collected by the winner and is nontransferable.
  • The winner will be contacted via the email address provided during entry. If no response is received after [three] business days, a new winner will be selected and the previous winner will forfeit all rights to the prize.
  • The contest is void where prohibited or restricted by law.