Including Newton, Cuillerier & Brochet lakes
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The biggest lake in our watershed is Lac du Poisson Blanc, a 25 km long lake with some 80 islands. It was created by the construction of the Cedar Dam in 1929.
Lac du Poisson Blanc is distinguished by its isolated campsites hidden in pine forests, and landscapes of striking beauty. There are sandy beaches and incredibly clear water in which you can see several meters deep! The temptation to jump from the innumerable high rocks is irresistible.
For about 20 years, some canoeists and boaters seriously damaged the islands and the environment by leaving their waste, cutting wood and making fires anywhere. Now a Regional Park manages the northern area of the lake, south to Isle Mystérieuse. The southern sector is still untended but is monitored by our members.
Our association, the Regional Park, the «Base de plein-air Air-Eau-Bois» and local authorities are working together to protect the beauty of this lake and make it an ecotourism destination.
Who are we?
We are a group of volunteer property owners, residents, and cottagers from all walks of life who:
- see the lakes as living ecosystems
- respect the environment by minimizing the footprints we leave behind
- demonstrate civility towards others
What do we do?
We promote the interests of the community, facilitate the relationship between the municipality and those living in the Poisson Blanc watershed, full or part-time, and offer solutions and ideas to deal with environmental challenges, social issues, and development.
We do this by:
- Ensuring your opinions are heard by municipal and regional authorities.
- Promoting environmental awareness.
- Promoting our community to foster a sense of community.
- Sharing local information.
- Encouraging networking with other associations, organizations and municipalities.
Some of our accomplishments:
- Navigational Buoys to ensure water safety
- Invasive species yellow buoys to contain Eurasian Milfoil
- Improved road signage – speed limits, information signs
- Increased awareness of environmental concerns and community issues
- Water quality testing
- Monitoring of unofficial campsites on islands
- Addressing quality of life issues – access roads, boat launches, privacy
- Access to winter trails on Chemin du Grand-Poisson-Blanc
- All-season access on the Trans-Outaouais
- Better cell coverage
- Help in asserting our rights as property owners and taxpayers
- Networking with other organizations:
- Municipalities of Lac-Sainte-Marie, Bowman, Denholm and soon with Notre-Dame-de-Laus
- COBALI & the «Regroupement pour la protection de l’eau de la vallée de la Gatineau»
- The Poisson Blanc Regional Park
- Base de plein-air Air-Eau-Bois