I wonder how millionaires was with the water so high, ya it's on stilts but it was high lol. And it disappeared so fast where did it all go who opened the drain lol
Ya people seem to forget about why the old lighthouse was put in between the old park and the new park. The point was built by erosion and there isn’t a lot of stability out there. Erosion can take it away just as fast with a good storm again.If I lived down on The Point I would have my Bug Out Bag packed and ready to go ! History has a way of repeating itself and since settlers arrived two Cuts have been recorded and I would not doubt it has happened before that even. I wonder if the LP Ratepayers and/or First Responders have a plan in place to deal with such an event ?
I'd bet you'd be right. My guess there'd be a lot more Big Creek smolt rainbows surviving without having to run the gauntlet of the bay past pike, skys, largemouth etc.. to get out to the big water. I've often wondered what the Big Creek delta looked like before Europeans got here. Way lower siltation load, forest cover to hold back runoff, streams you could drink out of...….I bet fishing in the bay would change a lot if the creek flowed into the lake.
There are a couple of British Admiralty Charts made of Long Point from 1837 and 1868 approx. that show the Old and New Cut. Search Archives Canada ? Big Creeks main flow did enter the lake along what is now Hastings Ave. at various points but as deltas go there were other channels which did flow into the Inner Bay. As for the silting in of the Inner Bay we only have ourselves to blame. Between logging and poor farm practices and a bit of Mother Natures help the marshes did what they do best and filter the water hence grew thicker and ponds and channels filled in. Wild rice thrived and help grow the marsh out further into the Bay. Such is not the case for the present time. High water and storms have returned the marsh back to a 50/50 mix of water to vegetation , the wild rice got washed away. We will never see Long Point as pristine as the settlers of circa 1800 did but hopefully learn from our mistakes and become better stewards of what we have left.
I wonder if @packrat remembers how the fishing was off the shore of the "New Channel"?Depths shown by contours and soundings. "At head of title: Survey of the Lakes T.E. 1852." "Reduction for engraving by John Lambert, Draughtsman, under the direction of Capt. T.J. Lee, Corps Topl. Engrs., Washington 1853." Available also through the Library of Congress Web site as a raster...www.loc.gov