Boating activities on Lake Memphremagog, a major drinking water reservoir, can cause environmental impacts and affect the quality of the lake's water. An MCI study published in 2012 estimated that there were 4,137 boats permanently on the lake, including 2,152 motorboats. MCI continues to work to document the problems, in collaboration with the Federal government, which is responsible for navigation on the lake, and to make the population aware of best boating practices. In the winter of 2021, MCI wrote a position paper on boating and conducted a survey on nautical activities on Lake Memphremagog.

Study of the impact of boat wakes

In 2014, the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM), in collaboration with MCI and the Lake Lovering Conservation Society (LLCS), carried out a study of the impact of oversized waves created by wakeboat type boats on the shores of the two lakes.

Collaboration with the Government of Canada

On September 9, 2016, the lake associations of the 8 busiest lakes in the ridiong of Compton-Stanstead met with the local member of Parliament and government minister Mrs. Marie-Claude Bibeau to discuss the issue of boating on the region's lakes.  At the meeting, a memorandum on the issue was presented to the minister.

Click here to consult the file that includes a summary of the issue, the memorandum, photos of the event, a literature review, press clippings regarding motorboats, etc.

Mrs. Marie-Claude Bibeau

The Follow The Wave! campaign

In collaboration with the Memphremagog MRC, MCI launched an awareness campaign on boating and water sport activities on the region's lakes.

This campaign, called 'Follow The Wave!', was developed by the Memphremagog MRC in collaboration with shoreline municipailties, lake associations (MCI, LLCS and Blue Massawippi) and representatives of the water sport industry.

Oversized waves created by water sport activities such as wake surfing, can travel more than 250 metres. To encourage harmonious cohabitation among the various users of the lakes, please adopt best practices!

Download the Pamphlet or go to the MRC's web site to learn more about best watersport practices.