Leech Lake, Muskoka

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Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Bubbler Beef

We are cottagers on the lake that enjoy it year round, but again this fall we have been treated to the noise of the dock bubbler in the east end of the lake. Every year these cottagers put in a bubbler with the perceived notion that it protects their dock from ice damage. Now, it can be argued whether or not these devices are effective, but it cannot be argued that they are very unsafe, and present not only a danger, but the excessive noise is a nuisance to fellow cottagers. We understand that they are not illegal in our area, but they are illegal in many other areas for safety reasons.

I have spoken with several other cottagers who feel there should be a petition circulated regarding bubbler use on our lake.

If we examine the reason for a bubbler to begin with, it is generally accepted that their function is largely discredited, particularly on a lake the size of ours. Docks don't get damaged by ice forming around them, they get damaged when that ice moves, and smashes into docks. A bubbler will not prevent ice movement, and an open area of water around a dock will not prevent the ice from moving during the spring thaw when ice becomes one large mass floating around. It should also be noted that modern docks are typically floating docks, which suffer little or no damage from ice.

An open patch of water poses several problems for snowmobiler's, and children, more often it's family pets that wander onto very thin ice surrounding the open water to get a drink. It is also a danger when the hydro system goes down (which it does nearly weekly on our lake in the winter) and the bubbler, and associated warning (red light) go out. The ice forms on open water very quickly making it impossible for anyone to know the danger exists, particularly if a light dusting of snow covers the thin ice.

As mentioned, we know these bubblers are not illegal, but I think we can all agree that neighbourly etiquette dictates that when something within one's control proves to be an unreasonable annoyance, or in this case a serious danger, it should be eliminated by the responsible party immediately.

In summary, it is not our intention to have this neighbour have their dock damaged by ice, but it's also not our intention to have a loss of life, be it a family pet or worse, on our lake.

Below is a link to some interesting reading on the use of bubblers.

We look forward to hearing an expedient resolution to this problem. And, we look forward to once again enjoying the tranquility that is Leech Lake in wintertime.



At 10:55 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your argument is based on your strong personal opinions and attempting to create a grave sense of danger.

Have you considered talking personally with this cottager rather than using this forum to resolve this issue?

Your last sentence speaks volumes.

At 12:31 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

As a matter of fact, there is a great deal of danger involved with operating a bubbler on a well traveled lake, this isn't oppinion, it's fact, and has resulted in them being made illegal in many areas.
My intent was to contact the owners, but I don't know how. This issue has come up on the blog before, and was addressed by the owners. My post is an attempt to once again draw the attention to the safety issues in an effort to get the owners to properly address the situation.
Essentially it boils down to the owner using a bubbler to protect a private dock at the expense of safety and quiet that everyone else on the lake has a right to enjoy.
If you know how to contact the owners directly, maybe you could contribute by providing that information, or at the very least point them toward this blog where they can address our concerns directly.
Again, I represent a group of people who stay at the lake year round and find the use of the bubbler offensive, so it's not just one persons personal oppinion.

At 4:18 PM, Blogger Jenn Jilks said...

I have photos, and I have seen videos on YouTube, of kamikaze operators screaming across open water at bubblers.

If only their parents knew...
The red lights are irritating, too.

At 3:46 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This blog certainly is the place to come and complain about all the things people do to annoy you....
Some advice, perhaps you should sell, move to a small hut in the middle of the forest where you can have your piece and quiet. Until then, realize that people have the right to do whatever they please, and that we have these properties to enjoy in every way possible, including walks, fishing, watersports, wintersports and anything else that you might fancy.

Don't sweat the small stuff.
See the positive and try to laugh at least once a day.

At 3:24 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We feel the need to address the bubbler situation again. We installed the bubbler as advised by the dock company to avoid winter damage. This is a common practice that is used with this type of docking. We have consulted the snow mobile association, and as there is no marked trail on the lake, and as with all lakes, extreme caution should be taken on any body of water. We have marked the dock with lights, to highlight the area. We hope this will be of some help in addressing this situation.

At 9:47 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

As the original poster pointed out, it is an old belief that they are effective at deterring ice damage to docks.
Nobody is debating if you're allowed to have it or not, but we are asking that you PLEASE turn it off for the safety of us, and our pets, and for the quite for your neighbours.

At 12:44 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I visited my cottage last weekend. The weather was lovely, the snow was pure white and the lake was QUIET.
Thank you, thank you, for eliminating the noise makers.After all don't we invest a substantial amount of money and energy to have a place to run to, away from the noise and pollution of the city.
We crave peace and quiet at times, that's why I purchased my cottage.
The sound of an occasional motor
boat or such one associates with the sounds of summer. Having a "bubbler" going on a CONSTANT basis is like sitting by the highway- very disturbing.
Please consider your community and their needs too. We are surrounded by beautiful nature, let's live in harmony.

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