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Lake Scugog Enhancement Project

The Lake Scugog Enhancement Project (LSEP) is an environmental and recreational improvement project. The range of benefits is broad including environmental, social, economic, tourism and recreation.

Project Description

Artist's Rendering of Wetland and Berm

  • A 245 m berm to contain the wetland (with a 3 m wide accessible path, park benches and 4 angling platforms)
  • 9 dredge areas, totaling 3.67 ha (9.1 acres)
  • A 14,900 m2 (3.68 ac) wetland, featuring open channel, wetland channels, pools, basking logs, vegetated hummocks, nesting features, seed mixes and native shrubs
  • A 2.09 ha (5.2 ac) aquatic vegetation management zone
  • 2 oil and grit separators to treat stormwater discharge 
  • A Fisheries Offsetting Plan
  • Post construction monitoring 

Proposed Schedule

The proposed schedule depends on having enough funding, receiving permits and approval by Township of Scugog Council.



Class Environmental Assessment Completed

April 2023

Casimir Outlet Oil Grit Separator Installed

March 2023

Public Open House for Draft Design

May 2023

Detailed Design to Scugog Council for Approval

June 2023

Permits and Approvals Received

Summer 2023

Construction Tendered

Summer 2023

Baagwating Outlet Oil Grit Separator Installed

Fall 2023

Construction of Berm

Fall 2023

Dredging and Construction of Wetland

Fall 2024

Plantings for Wetland

Spring 2025

Monitoring and Maintenance


Project Funding

Funding for the construction of the LSEP is being provided by:

  • Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nations
  • Region of Durham
  • Township of Scugog Development Charges
  • Scugog Lake Stewards Fundraising
  • Township of Scugog Solar/ Environmental Reserve
  • Grant from Environmental and Climate Change Canada
  • Other grants

Purpose/ Objectives and Opportunities 

The purpose of the Project is to: 

  • Improve the recreational function of Port Perry Bay, create a healthy wetland habitat and improve water quality.

The overall objective of the project are to address the following:

  • Reduced depth of water;
  • Accumulation of sediment and organic matter;
  • Non-native aquatic vegetation;
  • Water quality in the bay;
  • Shoreline habitats and fisheries; and
  • Aesthetics and tourism-based activities. 

The Project offers the following opportunities:

  • To increase the navigable depth;
  • To increase boating access and other recreational uses such as paddling and angling;
  • To enhance stormwater treatment;
  • To reduce invasive macrophyte biomass;
  • To increase tourism; and
  • To increase fisheries productivity in Lake Scugog.

Artist's Rendering of View from Joe Fowler Picnic Shelter

For more information please contact:

Carol Coleman

Director of Public Works and Infrastructure Services
Township of Scugog
181 Perry Street, P.O. Box 780
Port Perry, ON  L9L 1A7
Tel: 905-985-7346 X149

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Township of Scugog
181 Perry Street
PO Box 780
Port Perry, ON L9L 1A7
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