The Ministry of Northern Development, Mines, Natural Resources and Forestry (NDMNRF) is advising area
residents that a Watershed Conditions Statement – Water Safety Bulletin, is in effect until Tuesday, June 21, 2022.
A Watershed Conditions Statement – Water Safety Bulletin, indicates that high flows, melting ice, or other factors could be dangerous for such users as boaters, anglers, and swimmers but flooding is not expected.
Residents in Parry Sound District, which includes the District Municipality of Muskoka, the
Territorial District of Parry Sound and a north-west portion in the County of Haliburton,
should exercise caution while around waterbodies and maintain close supervision of
children and pets due to high water levels and river flows in the area.
The area has received approximately 105mm of rain over the past three weeks causing
water levels and flows in local lakes and rivers to rise higher than normal for this time of year.
NDMNRF also advises extreme caution when using forest access roads for outdoor
activities as they may become seasonally inundated with water, are prone to washouts and
may become impassible due to localized flooding.
The 7-day weather forecast issued by Environment Canada is also calling for chance of
showers and thunderstorms June 15-17 with daytime high temperatures ranging from 20°C
Water levels and river flows are generally higher than normal in the Parry Sound and
Muskoka area for this time of year. Some areas typically used for recreation and access to
the water are inundated and/or experiencing high river flows making access difficult or possibly dangerous in some locations.
Additional rain as forecasted will cause water levels and river flows to increase further or remain high through the next several days.
The ministry is closely monitoring the weather and developing watershed conditions.
Further updates will be issued as appropriate.
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