Drag Lake Cottagers’ Code

Our Cottager’s Code for Drag and Spruce Lakes

Statement of purpose

The purpose of this Cottager’s Code for Drag and Spruce Lakes is not to dictate how
people must behave, but rather to suggest an approach to certain fundamental issues
surrounding cottage life that, if adopted, will help preserve the lake’s serenity and beauty
for the enjoyment of all.

Despite the fact that over 400 cottages line the shorelines of Drag Lake, Outlet Bay and
the contiguous waters of Spruce Lake, the environment remains largely pristine, and the
general ambience of the Lake is one of peacefulness.

These qualities are increasingly rare in cottage country, and worth preserving.
Maintaining a quiet and unspoiled ambience on the lake has many benefits – aesthetic,
personal and economic.

Drag Lake should remain a place where the air is pure, the forests green and thriving,
the wildlife abundant, the shoreline natural, the nights dark, and the loudest sound is the
call of the loons. It should be a refuge from the noise and pressures of daily life – a place
to delight the eye, quiet the mind and soothe the soul.

Preserving Drag Lake’s most attractive characteristics will require a concerted
effort by every property owner and their guests. This Cottager’s Code identifies
activities and conditions which could compromise Drag Lake’s serenity, and
respectfully suggests an approach that will benefit the entire community of
property owners and lake users.

Cottagers Code

It is the desire of all who know and love Drag Lake that its character and beauty
remain unchanged for future generations. This is reflected in Article 2 of the
Drag and Spruce Lakes Property Owners Association (DSLPOA) Constitution, which
states aims and objectives:

1. To pursue all means to maintain Drag Lake in its present wild and pristine state, with
its many natural treasures.

2. To engender in all members the concept of individual stewardship of the lake, and to
recognize our responsibility of passing it on to future generations in the same
condition as we have received it.

3. Where possible, to act to protect the interest of the Drag Lake community.
Accordingly, it is respectfully suggested that the following code of conduct be
observed at Drag Lake and its environs:

Physical characteristics:

Every effort will be made the preserve and protect the physical beauty of the
forest, the shoreline, and the waters of Drag Lake.

• The urbanization of the shoreline environment is discouraged. Extensive tree
removal, lawn planting, and other changes which alter the wilderness character of
the lake’s shoreline, should be avoided.

• The waters of Drag Lake will be preserved in their clean, clear state. Property
owners will ensure that septic systems function correctly, and are regularly
maintained. The use of fertilizers that may enter the lake with runoff will be avoided.
Soaps and shampoos will never be used in the lake, since they contribute to
phosphate enrichment and algae growth.

• The diversity of wildlife with whom we share the lake environment will be respected,
and where necessary every effort will be made to preserve their habitat.

• To limit the risk of forest fires, any burning will be done with great care, adequate
precautions, and in full observation of the restrictions which may from time to time be
put in place by the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources. Cottagers are encouraged
to determine the current state of fire regulations before lighting open fires for any
purpose.

Aesthetic/tranquility:

Preserving a quiet, unspoiled environment on Drag Lake shall be given the
highest priority.

• Every property owner on Drag Lake has a fundamental right to the quiet enjoyment
of their surroundings. Loud parties, the playing of music that can be heard beyond
the confines of one’s own cottage, and other forms of intrusive noise likely to disturb
others, are specifically discouraged. Preserving a quiet environment requires special
consideration in the evenings and nights, when sounds carry strongly across water.

• Personal watercraft, all-terrain vehicles, motorcycles/dirt bikes, and outboard motors
generate a particularly intrusive form of noise which can, if operated improperly,
interfere with the quiet enjoyment to which every property owner is entitled.
Accordingly, Drag Lake property owners respectfully ask that cottagers and their
guests operate these vehicles with respect for your neighbours, in accordance with
the law and the manufacturer’s recommendations for safety.

• Boating safety is a prime concern for all users of Drag Lake. Property owners are
asked to observe all regulations, particularly those restricting speed close to
shorelines. High speed, high powered and excessively noisy boats not in keeping
with the preservation of a quiet environment on the lake, are not welcome.

• To protect the Drag Lake environment from light pollution, property owners will keep
illumination to a minimum, avoid placing spot lights where they may shine over the
lake, or be highly visible from other properties, and turn lights off wherever possible.

Observing the suggestions of this Cottager’s Code will help preserve and protect
the beauty and tranquility of Drag Lake, so that it may remain a place of striking natural beauty where the mind is nourished and the spirit calmed.

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