Gull Lake is committed to ensuring a healthy lake through the shoreline re-naturalization effort. 

Our Mission

To protect, maintain and improve Gull Lake's natural shoreline that will ensure the lake's overall health for today and future generations.

 

Expert Advice and Money will be awarded to our winners for their Shoreline Re-naturalization Project!!

The Contest is now closed.  Stay tuned for our winners, and the projects that will be undertaken.   The winners will receive a professional consultation with Julia Sutton, an expert on shoreline re-naturalization.  Julia will help you design a plan for their shoreline, including recommendations on types of native plants and positioning based on how they use their shoreline.  The GLCA will contribute 50% of the project costs (design + plants) up to a maximum of $1000 for FIRST Place and $750 for SECOND Place.

The winners will provide:

  • the balance of the costs
  • a commitment to do the planting next spring
  • before and after pictures to share on the website to help inspire the rest of the lake

The contest is now closed.  Thank you for all your submissions.

Consultations will be in late summer/fall of 2018, which will enable our winners to plant in the spring of 2019.  

Healthy shorelines are vital to maintaining the overall health of Gull Lake. Shorelines help filter pollutants, protect against erosion, and provide habitat for fish and wildlife.
— Gull Lake Cottagers' Association

Common signs of a healthy shoreline

  • Lots of native vegetation
  • Different levels of vegetation from taller trees to smaller shrubs and plants
  • Dead snags (underwater tree stumps or branches) and stones
  • Birds, fish and other wildlife

Common signs of an unhealthy shoreline

  • Area(s) cleared of all or most vegetation
  • Lawn that extends right to the water’s edge
  • Natural shoreline replaced by a hardened structure
  • Problems such as shoreline erosion and poor water quality
  • Prominent algae blooms and excessive weed growth
 

Protect your property with Shoreline Buffers

A shoreline buffer is a permanent strip of vegetation along the shore that protects the water body from human impacts or natural processes. Property owners can help keep our lake healthy by planting and maintaining  a healthy shoreline buffer. Native shrubs and trees are adapted to local conditions, require no maintenance, and provide food and shelter for wildlife.

Learn more on how to keep your shorelines healthy by downloading the resource material list below.