Partial Wharf Demolition, Lake Despair, Ontario

Fisheries and Oceans Canada - Small Craft Harbours (DFO-SCH) are proposing to demolish part of the existing wharf and supporting structure at the Lake Despair Small Craft Harbour. The timber cribs supporting the timber decking have started to deteriorate to the point where the integrity of the wharf is no longer sound. Approximately twenty (20) metres of the east principal wharf's timber decking, timber cribs and the ballast rock will be removed and leveled to the lakebed. The floating wharves currently attached to the east wharf will be relocated. Following the removal of the cribs, an additional area (approximately 24 metres squared) of lakebed will be exposed and reshaped to match natural conditions. 

It is anticipated that the contractor will use the hand power tools including chainsaws, as well as various pieces of heavy equipment (i.e., an excavator, small crane, skid steer, and trailers). The wharf decking will be released from the timber cribs and pulled apart in sections where it will be stockpile on land. The ballast rock and timber cribs disassembled. All timber wharf materials and ballast rock will be hauled by the contractor to a disposal location off site.

Latest update

July 1, 2024 – The public comment period on the project is closed. Fisheries and Oceans Canada are considering comments received to help inform its determination on whether the carrying out of the project is likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects.


Key documents

Key documents
Document Number Document Title File Date
1 Notice of Intent to Make a Determination - Start of Public Comment Period - May 31, 2024


Small Craft Harbours - Ontario & Prairie Region
Fisheries and Oceans Canada
Chris McDermid, Environmental Advisor
501 University Cresent
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3T 2N6
Telephone: 431-335-7530

  • Location

    • Lake Despair, Ontario (Ontario)
  • Nature of Activity

    • Other, not otherwise specified
  • Assessment Status

    In progress
  • Start Date

  • Proponent

    Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Small Craft Harbours, Ontario & Prairie Region
  • Authorities

    • Fisheries and Oceans Canada
  • Assessment Type

    Project on federal lands
  • Reference Number


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