A Picture Says A Thousand Words

A Picture Says A Thousand Words


On behalf of “The Friends of Silver Lake”, we want to express our appreciation for the vote at Council last Tuesday to repair the Misner Dam. We know that two Councilors did not vote in the affirmative as It may have seemed to them that this was a Port Dover issue only and tax monies would be better spent on issues that affect us county wide.

The issue of Misner Dam has county wide impact and is not the “Hobby Horse” of a small group of interested local residents whose properties back onto the lake! For that reason, we are promoting ONE INCLUSIVE SOLUTION!

We welcome the Anglers and will work with them to support their ideas for creating a fishing dock and stocking the lake with fish for their enjoyment. Lake Lisgar in Tillsonburg is a perfect example of how one inclusive solution can meet the needs of special interest groups. There you will see fishermen casting from the shore line or from rowboats or from wheel chairs on a board walk dock. You will see young children sailing by in small sail boats and birders and wild life photographers maneuvering canoes through grassy wetland areas. We also need solutions that are inclusive and respect the interests of all the special interest groups.

We welcome the Rowers : All funds raised from the Dragon Boat races went to the Norfolk General Hospital, a facility that serves the whole County. We contacted Jim Dover former head of the Port Dover Rowing Association and asked him whether the rowing was an activity that only had impact in Port Dover. His response was as follows:

” Our adult “learn to row program” also raised funds for the Heart and Stroke Foundation another organization serving the County.. In fact, I was contacted last week about the possibility of resuming this partnership. As for university scholarships, the athletes who earned scholarships were from Port Dover as well as Normandale, Port Ryerse and Burford. However, others that competed elsewhere across Canada were also from Waterford, Scotland, Simcoe, Port Rowan. I think that a very telling fact is that during our club’s existence we received support from community groups such as the Lions, Kinsmen and Rotary Clubs from across the County including Simcoe and Waterford. Another aspect is that our adult recreational rowing program attracted many people from the Hamilton area and our high school regattas attracted over 500 people (parents and athletes) each year from the Niagara Region and southwestern Ontario.”

We welcome the “Day Trippers” the “Trail Racers:, the babies in prams, the dogs, geo cachers, the kids lying on their bellies on the dock with their minnow nets, the pickup hockey games in the winter and the skaters!

In Summary: You made the right decision last week to proceed with the repair! You will be having a second vote in the coming week.




Silver Lake Wins in a 6-2 vote!


Be sure to turn up your speakers, click on the link, put your hand over your heart and enjoy. Thank you Tim Warris and your Bossman Bryn for a truly awesome commemorative signature flight on a very special day in our history!

Seven long years and a decision has been made! And it was the right decision at last –  one that is not about money, power or politics. Norfolk Council made the only decision they could that would address public safety, wild life preservation of endangered species, lifestyle and recreational activities and tourism in our area! It was a decision that respected the vision of the Port Dover Lions Club who own and maintain the magnificent Silver Lake Park. Today, we must recognize the eloquence of our Mayor Charlie Luke and our Council Representative John Wells. They both spoke from  head and heart in a compelling way to summarize the essential issues at stake in Port Dover. This was not about fixing or not fixing yet another dam dam. It was all about who we are, why we live here and why people visit in this unique area.

Thank you to all our hardworking members who have hung in for the long ride and for those who are new to the cause and ready to roll up their sleeves as we move forward.



Silver Lake Afire

Silver Lake Afire

A message on behalf of the Port Dover Waterfront Association

Since 2010 we have been advocating the repair of Misner Dam and the restoration of Silver Lake. For six years we have waited for a path forward. We have elected a Mayor dedicated to making it happen. The MNR has come round to the viewpoint that something near-term has to be done. 

 Finally, we have coming before Council this coming Tuesday a report to lay out options. 

 Please check out the staff report attached. It will be the subject of Council discussion this coming Tuesday. (The Stantec consulting report itself is treated as “draft” so it has not been shared.) Tuesday evening there will be three deputations from citizens and then Misner Dam will be the first of staff reports. Although the meeting this coming Tuesday will start at 4 pm the agenda notes that Misner Dam will not be discussed until after 5, so coming for 5 pm would seem to be indicated.

If you care about the repair of Misner Dam and the restoration of Silver Lake, PLEASE COME OUT! This is a critical moment to get our Lake back. Council needs to know the citizens of Port Dover care deeply about their Lake and only your presence at Council puts that across. 

 Shirley and Roland Cawthorne will be handing out SAVE SILVER LAKE stickers at the door. Pick one up to show your support!

Staff Rpt Misner Dam April 5 2016

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