News Archive

April 2023

Underused housing tax affects non-Canadian cottagers.

Non-resident, non-Canadian cottagers must file a return to the Canada Revenue Agency by April 30 every year to receive an exemption from the Underused Housing tax.  The Palmerston Lake postal code K0H 2J0 qualifies for an exemption, but failure to file a return could result in a $5000 fine.

Climate Change and Ontario Lakes

How is climate change affecting lakes in the Kingston area.  Click here for more information and to register for this Feb 7, 2023 webinar by the Ministry of the Environment, Conservation, and Parks.

January 2023

PLA Letter to Council

Several Directors attended the Public Meeting on January 13 regarding the application to amend the Official Plan to permit Rural Cooperative zoning on the lake and to construct 7 additional cottages and other structures at the gravel point property. Bruce Moore of the North Frontenac Lake Association Alliance (NFLAA) also attended the meeting. Since that time, the PLA executive has been working with the NFLAA to develop questions that should be addressed before Township Council makes a decision on this proposal. A copy of the letter that was emailed to the Township with those questions can be found here. 

A copy of the development application is available on the Township’s website.  If you have questions, comments or concerns regarding this proposal, we encourage you to send them to Tara Mieske, Clerk/Planning Manager, at with a copy to

November 28, 2022

Watersheds Canada Webinar

The Science Behind the Ribbon of Life: Why Vegetated Shoreline Buffers Matter
This webinar is hosted by Watersheds Canada and is  free to all PLA members. November 28, 2022, 12:00 – 12:45 pm.
Click on the link for more information and to register.

September 2022 and Updated January 28, 2023

Palmerston Lake Shore Planting Project

  • Information sheet
  • Order form  Orders must be submitted to MVCA by February 24, 2023 and will be available for pickup June 3, 2023 at the Ompah Community Centre. 

Are you interested in adding trees and shrubs to your shoreline?  The Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority (MVCA) is offering Palmerston Lake Association (PLA) members an opportunity to order up to 15 trees/shrubs for a $25 donation to MVCA’s stewardship program.

Planting native trees and shrubs along the shoreline provides valuable wildlife habitat and helps control shoreline erosion, while also acting as a filter for pollutants and nutrients entering the lake through rainwater runoff.

To qualify you must be a member of the PLA, and the trees/shrubs must be planted within 45 m of the lake. If you wish to order more than 15 plants, additional plants will be available at cost.

Click on the Information Sheet link above for information about the trees and shrubs that are available and ordering instructions.  Click on the order form link to download the order form. 

July 2022

Invasive Species

Eurasian Water Milfoil has been confirmed in our lake.  Please take great care.  Fragments broken off by motor boats or by pulling neighbouring weeds can root and cause the plant to spread. The Ontario Invasive Plant Council produced this document on best management practices for Eurasian Water-Milfoil. Although there is a report from the late 1990s of an invasive Rusty Crayfish found in Palmerston Lake, there do not appear to have been reports of other aquatic invasive species such as zebra and quagga mussels or the spiny waterflea, but these species are found in many surrounding lakes.  These and other species can be inadvertently introduced into a lake in an improperly drained and cleaned live well or bait bucket or attached to boat hulls, motors, trailers or even angling equipment. The Federation of Cottage Associations has put together a very useful Invasive Species Guide that includes tips for helping prevent the spread of invasive species.  The Invading Species Awareness Program website and  the Early Detection and Distribution Mapping System website provide descriptions of and tips to help identify Ontario’s invasive species, instructions about how to report sightings and shows the geographical distribution of reported invasive species in Ontario.