Membership is open to ALL residents, taxpayers and business owners in the Township of Muskoka Lakes.   We pride ourselves on timely communications with our members.  We strive to keep them informed on what is going on in the Township that effects them directly or indirectly.

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District Launches New Real-Time Water Levels Available on Muskoka GeoHub Web Mapping Portal


The District of Moskoka has posted information about potential; flooding on their web site which can re reached at 2021 Freshet

Additional information is available at Flood Plain Mapping

They are also providing a new mapping through their GeoHub portal that is updated daily, and can be accessed at GeoHub - Flood Plain Mapping

The latest MNRF statement on flooding in Muskoka is available here - MNRF Flood Watch - March 31, 2021

Township Draft Official Plan

The Township has posted the draft Official Plan that can be viewed at - Draft Official Plan

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Township of Muskoka Lakes - 2021 Operating and Capital Budget

The Township of Muskoka Lakes Council has approved the 2021 Operating and Capital Budget.

A copy of the approved Operating and Capital Budget (Feb 24) may be accessed here -Approved 2021 Budget Approved 2021 Budget

The Ratepayers commentd on the Capital Budget are available here - MRA Comments - Capital Budget

The Ratepayers commentd on the Operating Budget are available here - MRA Comments - Operating Budget

The District of Muskoka Tax Supported Operating and Capital Budget has also been approved (March 15) and  a copy is available here - 2021 District Budget

Township By-Law Enforcement

The Township has recently produced a 2-page summary regarding their by-laws and the enforcement procedures.  This covers noise, tree cutting, ATV usage as well as many more areas.  A copy of that summary can be found here -TML By-Law. Enforcement TML By-Law. Enforcement

Consider posting a copy in your cottage.


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Township Watch - July 2021

No parking on Beaumaris Road a concern to island property owners. Members of the public question transparency of No Parking signs erected on Marina Road. License agreement defeat on Moon River Road. Township to seek public input on Bala Falls Bridge design. 2021 Bala Cranberry Festival request to the Township. Proposed Rogers cell tower on Highway 141 deferred. Bell cell tower on the north shore of Skeleton Lake issued letter of concurrence. Lengthy discussion on site alteration and tree preservation. New waste management strategy for the District of Muskoka.  -  Read more about Township Watch - July 2021

Township Watch - June 2021

Township hires new planner. New Traffic By-Law approved by Committee includes a section limiting vehicle idling to five minutes. Committee to discuss establishing a budget committee. Members of the General/Finance Committee vote not to “opt-in” regarding licensed cannabis retail stores in the Township. Staff to look into and report to Council on campfires on Township property by the Torrance Barrens. Bandwidth capacity to increase in Bala with the placement of a temporary cell tower. Council asks for more details on design of Bala Falls Bridge. Parking restrictions to be placed on Juddhaven Road. Township of review accessory building use in the waterfront area. Electric car charging stations coming to Bala! The District of Muskoka falls short on its garbage diversion rate of 35% versus top municipalities at 70%.  -  Read more about Township Watch - June 2021

Township Watch - May 2021

What was being referred to as the “Bala Creek Bridge” is to be renamed the “Mill Stream Bridge”. Update on the Torrance Barrens Special Committee. Committee recommends that the Township proceeds with heritage building plaques. Does Muskoka Lakes want licensed cannabis retail locations? Council further discusses the use of shipping containers as retail space. New Building Inspector and By-Law Officers hired. Committee defers decision on race boat museum.  -  Read more about Township Watch - May 2021

Township Watch - April 2021

Plaques to be offered to historic structures in the Township. Changes being made to on-street parking on Currie Street in Bala. Repairs scheduled to Bala Creek (Mill Stream) bridge. Township requests the District conduct an operational review on Mortimer’s Point Road and Township limits use of heavy trucks on Eveleigh Road. 2022 Municipal Election Voting. Site plan approval for use of “sea cans” as retail space on the Indian River deferred a month. Staff to return to Council with options for the repair of Bala Falls Bridge. Public dock parking restrictions renewed. New Chief Building Official. Planning and building department staff will ONLY reply to formal applications due to overwhelming workload. Proposed cell tower at Crystal Beach on Lake Muskoka. Jayne McCaw talks about short term rentals. Do you know what the role of a municipal planner is? Brandy Lake presents their lake plan. Planning Committee and Official Plan Review Committee meet to discuss Draft 1 of the Official Plan. Curbside garbage pick to begin at 7 AM or earlier during heat waves.  -  Read more about Township Watch - April 2021

Ratepayers Comments on 2021 Township Operating Budget

The Ratepayers comment of the Township's 2021 Operating Budget  -  Read more about Ratepayers Comments on 2021 Township Operating Budget

Ratepayers Comments on 2021 Township Capital Budget

The Ratepayers comment of the Township's Capital Budget  -  Read more about Ratepayers Comments on 2021 Township Capital Budget

Letter to Ministry of the Environment - Torrance Barrens

Concerns regarding illegal activities, accumulation of garbage and failing infrastructure of the Torrance Barrens and Hardy Lake Parks prompt the Muskoka Ratepayers to write Minister Yurek. Upon receipt, a reply from Minister Yurek, it will be added  -  Read more about Letter to Ministry of the Environment - Torrance Barrens

Letter to Council re Official Plan

Letter to Township Council re Official Plan  -  Read more about Letter to Council re Official Plan

Delegating at Council

Have something to say? Want to tell Council what you think? Here's how.  -  Read more about Delegating at Council

Muskoka Etiquette

A set of suggestions to live by  -  Read more about Muskoka Etiquette
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Muskoka Weather - click on image for more details.

A copy of our 2020 Yearbook is available here -2020 Yearbook.pdf 2020 Yearbook
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New Web Mapping Site - Muskoka GeoHub

Today, the District of Muskoka launched an exciting new Web Mapping site - Muskoka GeoHub.

We just watched a demonstration of the functionality of the site, and it allows you to visualize many aspects of Muskoka.

Muskoka GeoHub is an online portal that allows you to access important geographical information in Muskoka such as:

  • Air Photos
  • Topopraphic and Crown Land Maps
  • Floodplain Mapping/li>
  • Shoreline Videos
  • Trails Explorer
  • Zoning Maps
  • Subdivision and Condominium Development Maps
  • Data sets for Environment, Community Public works, and so much more!

The site can be accessed at Muskoka Geohub . Take a look, there's a lot there.



Upcoming Events - Monthly Calendar

TML - Committee of Adjustment
Aug 9, 2021 9:00am to 12:00pm
TML - General / Finance Committee
Aug 11, 2021 9:00am to 12:00pm
TML - Council
Aug 11, 2021 1:00pm to 5:00pm
TML - Planning Committee
Aug 12, 2021 9:00am to 12:00pm
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