Our Story

The Skeleton Lake Cottagers Organization was incorporated in 1989 by some forward-thinking cottagers.  James Marshall, Douglas Oliver, Thomas Overton and David Bowlby saw that Skeleton Lake was unique among lakes in Muskoka and needed to be protected for the benefit of generations to come.  

The purpose for incorporating of the SLCO was:

  • To preserve and protect the natural beauty and quality of Skeleton Lake
  • To provide a collective body to which information may be referred concerning activities on, in, and around the Lake that may affect the quality of the area.
  • To study and report on all municipal and provincial government plans affecting the residents and land/water uses Skeleton Lake and vicinity, and to make representations to the various levels of government and/or associations with respect to all such matters.
  • To foster a culture of stewardship through a sense of community and awareness.

Today, the goals of the original founders couldn’t be more important.  The SLCO is committed to ensuring that their foresight and concern for the preservation, conservation and enduring beauty of Skeleton Lake are a legacy we leave for our children and for generations to come. 

Our Mission Statement

To promote the preservation and stewardship of Skeleton Lake and its surrounding watershed by ensuring that the Lake maintains all of its many unique qualities for generations to come.

Our Accomplishments ...

As a result of your support, here are some of what the SLCO has been able to accomplish to help protect your investment in our community:

Working to protect your investment, the value of your recreational property or home, by helping guide development:

      • Assisted in the creation and contributed to the  Township of Muskoka Lakes new Official Plan with policies that will protect Muskoka's lakes (and ours!)  from the noise, traffic and pollution of the mining and quarry industry.
      • Succeeded in having our Lake Plan enacted into the Township Of Muskoka Lakes new Official Plan, providing greater safeguards for our unique meteor-formed pristine lake.
      • Continue to monitor township agendas and advocate on behalf of members in decisions that affect our lake.

Working to monitor, protect and maintain our lake-water quality, the pristine water you value; swim in, drink and enjoy!

      • Conduct annual water testing numerous times a season to monitor levels and identify changes and trends that could affect the quality of our water.
      • Participate in programs for the region regarding our lake's quality.
      • Promoting how excellent our water quality is, so maintaining and adding value to your property!

Working to develop and enhance your recreational experience at the cottage by providing entertainment and recreational activities on the lake!

      • Organize events that bring our community together including:  the Annual Regatta, Sailboat Race, Photo Contest, Fishing Derby, Nature hikes and environmental activities.
      • Hold raffles that support our fund raising efforts.
      • Host  annual barbecue and live entertainment .

Providing key information about our lake and surroundings ...

      • Maintain a website with updated information on water levels and temperatures, water safety, best environmental practices, Lippa updates and more - check it out!
      • Preserving our history for generations to come with our best-selling book The Bones of Skeleton Lake ... 
      • Providing you an opportunity to contribute, by uploading your story or your own family-history to skeletonlake.ca to enrich our history.
      • Keep our community up-to-date with happenings around the lake through our social media sites, emailings, and our very own information-rich community website.
Creating and supplying Skeleton Lake merchandise and great apparel for you and the kids
      • Showcasing your pride in Skeleton Lake.
      • Updated with new logos and designs!
Saving you money!
      • Organizing discounts on services like water access septic pumping.
      • Providing you with preventative measures that can save more in the long run.

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