Shoreline Guide

Shoreline Owner’s Guide

FOCA is pleased to announce a re-print of this popular guide, which gives a quick and easy overview of ways to make the most of your shoreline property, while living in balance with your lake’s fragile ecosystem.

Click here to view the Guide online (FlipBook)

or Click here to download a digital copy (PDF, 28 pages)

Shoreline_Owners_Guide_p3_FOCA_2015Topics covered include:

  • What is a Watershed?
  • Shorelines (erosion, hardened shorelines…) & Buffer Zones
  • Shoreline Construction Projects (fish-friendly dock structures)
  • Aquatic Plants Out of Control
  • Invasive Species & Preventing the Spread
  • Septic Systems
  • Climate Change and Your Lake
  • How to be a Good Lake Steward
  • and more!

This publication makes a great introduction to new families at the lake, and a useful resource for quick material for your own Association newsletter.

Members may contact FOCA to acquire additional print copies of the Guide. You are always welcome to circulate digital copies, using the download link above; please credit FOCA as the source, and include our web address where possible:

Planting a Natural Edge: 
FOCA is often asked for native planting suggestions for cottage country. There are lots of great resources, and one of them is The Natural Edge online Plant tool, which has a “Zone map” prompting you to find the hardiness zone of your property, to generate a shortlist of appropriate plants, bushes, and trees! The Natural Edge is a project of Watersheds Canada.

More Resources about Shorelines, for homeowners and municipal partners:


November 2021 – FOCA’s Executive Director made a presentation about the importance of naturalized shorelines to the Hastings Highlands Council, pointing out the negative impacts of shoreline modifications on lake ecology. Watch the presentation, as part of the recording of the Council meeting (Terry Rees’ comments start around minute 8 of the recording)

May 20, 2021 – Shorelines ‘not a backyard swimming pool,’ lakefront landowners reminded: Watersheds Canada says lakes at risk from development boom in cottage country (CBC)


Michelle LewinShoreline Owner’s Guide