New and/or replacement of erosion protection and shoreline/bank stabilization measures may be permitted where there is a demonstrated erosion or bank instability problem resulting in property loss and/or risk to public safety subject to the following:

  • impacts on hydrologic functions (e.g., water quality and quantity control) are minimized;\the works will not result in a shoreline that is higher or further out into the water than what is existing;\the works will result in a naturally stable slope;

  • the natural contours of the shoreline will be maintained;

  • erosion risk on adjacent, upstream and/or downstream properties is reduced; and/or, erosion and sedimentation processes are controlled to reduce existing or potential impacts from adjacent land uses, whichever is appropriate; and

  • shoreline/bank stabilization will employ best management proctices that utilize natural materials that integrate with the existing natural features and processes (e.g., bioengineering) rather than hardening;


  • where it has been demonstrated that bioengineering solutions have been considered and are deemed inappropriate or insufficient, hardened surfaces (e.g., retaining walls) may be considered however, the shoreline/bank stabilization technique employed cannot result in an exclusively vertical structure.

Armour Stone or similar type rock with a vertical face will not be permitted unless it is to replace an existing armour stone or another vertical structure, or where it has been demonstrated that the creation of a stable slope using bioengineering techniques or an appropriate sized stone (rip rap) is not appropriate. It must be demonstrated that there will be not impacts to neighbouring properties.

Any armour stone wall two courses or higher must be designed by a qualified engineer.

Algae Sightings on Wollaston Lake 2018

The WLHCA Lake Steward has received a number of inquires about Algae in Wollaston Lake this summer.  In response to the questions received, below is a link to Algae Identification from Watersheds Canada.

Algae Identification Field Guide

Follow the links below to learn more about: 

Healthy Shorelines

Invasive Species

Wollaston Lake Score Card

Avoiding Conflicts with Beaver

Click on the Beaver picture for information on "Avoiding Conflicts with Beavers"    


You can contact the Bancroft MNRF at (613) 332-3940 extension 216.  Luke Hillier can provide you with advice for your situation and the name of one or more licensed trappers if all other measures have not worked.

Water levels on Wollaston Lake are monitored and controlled by the Crowe Valley Conservation Authority (CVCA).

CVCA has a mandate to address the following:carry out flood plan management

maintain water levels

establish outdoor recreation areas

promote forest management and encourage reforestation

promote conservation education

To learn more about Crowe Valley Conservation Authority click here

For information on working around water click here