Protecting the lake and river shores

If you must intervene around the lake,

you must know that…
It is forbidden
  • to channel water
  • to dig in or around the lake
  • to modify its course
  • to withdraw sand/gravel from the lake
  • to backfill
  • to build dams and dikes.
It is allowed
  • to lay out an access to the lake under certain conditions
  • to build a dock, a shelter or a floating ramp or a ramp on stilts.
In order to improve the quality of our lake and river, certain means can be used

Plant some shrubs, trees or tall grass. It is even better to let nature follow it course. We should refrain from planting grass; leave dead trees that offer shelter and food to the wild animals. Only cut trees that are sick or represent a risk for safety.

Stabilize the lakeshore by planting tall grass or shrubs to prevent erosion. Caution! The advice of a specialist is required to stabilize the shore with the help of stone works, concrete or wood.

Maintain the natural state of your lakeshore without utilizing fertilizers or pesticides.

Make sure your septic tank or sewage works respect municipal legislations.

Basic lakeshore functions

The shores or Lac Raymond and the river play a major role
in the balance and survival of our lake and river as well as its ecosystem.

Natural wind breaker

The lakeshore vegetation protects your house against damages caused by strong winds.

Landscaping functions

Lakeshore vegetation enhances the beauty of your land and raises the value of your property.

Regulates the water level

By slowing down the trickling down effect of major rains, lakeshore vegetation contributes to reduce risks of flooding.

Sun screen

The shade that is produced by trees prevents excessive heating of the lake’s waters, which helps slowing down algae growth.

Pollution filter

Vegetation absorbs a large chunk of fertilizers, persicides and sediments that are contained in running waters, this prevents the premature aging of the lake and the river.

Erosion prevention

The vegetation allows the stabilization of river banks and diminishes the loss of terrain and siltation of spawning.

Biological diversity

Water bodies offer a habitat, food and shelter to wildlife. They are precious to nature lovers, fishermen and hunters.

Source: Ministère du Développement durable, environnement et parcs