As 2021 closes, McKenzie Clearwater Fire Department asks for your support with a tax deductible year-end donation.  We are hopeful we can resume our traditional social events and meet you in person in 2022! 

          Year-end Donations



The McKenzie Clearwater Fire Department is a charitable organization providing emergency services to cottage owners and year-round residents in Northwestern Ontario. Located on the beautiful Lake of the Woods, our team of volunteers work year-round to fundraise to be able to provide these services. 


Our funding for the Volunteer Fire Department comes from 5 sources.

- Keeman Local Services Board (LSB)

- Fund Raising actives of the volunteer Directors and Fighter Fighters

- Ministry Transportation Ontario (MTO) on a per accident bases

- Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) on a contractual bases

- Private Donations

The KeeMan LSB was established January 1, 2011 under the NORTHERN SERVICES

BOARDS ACT and was granted the power of Fire Protection in accordance with the Act. The

local Service Board provides the McKenzie Clearwater Fire Department with approximately 80% of the funding.

During the past 25 years we have hosted numerous fundraising events to be able to provide

these services. Pancake Breakfasts and our Annual Dinner with auction are examples of our

community involvement.

We receive tax deductible donations from area seasonal and permanent resident owners.


Approximately one third of our residences are lake only access. We cover a territory west from the Kenora to the Manitoba Border, the CNR tracks to the north with the exception of Ingolf, and all roads south of the CNR tracks with the exception of Reserve land. Our territory is the Largest LSB in Ontario at approximately 875 square KM. We cover all islands in Rush bay, Echo bay and North of a line down the centre Ptarmigan bay and the Islands outside of the Kenora city limits.

If you have any questions regarding whether your property is in the LSB please send your

geographic location (LAT/LONG) to the following "Property Location" link.

Upon request to a PDF map can be sent to you.

About the McKenzie Clearwater Fire Department



By providing an email for our newsletters, one lucky donor won a guided fishing trip with Jeff Gustafson! Jeff Gustafson, local resident of Inglis Lake, donated a guided fishing trip on Lake of the Woods. Jeff is a professional bass fisherman, a leading angler in the Bass Master Elite Series, recognized as the highest level of tournament angling in North America. Jeff grew up on the shores of LOTW and has been a guide since he was a teenager.

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The McKenzie-Clearwater Fire Department continues its major fundraising campaign in 2021. Funds are required to map all of our 2,000 plus residents in our area which ranges from McKenzie Portage Road to the Manitoba Border. This is so we can provide our services in a more efficient manner.

We do not have 911 service. If you use your cell phone to contact 911, the call is directed to a call centre in eastern Canada; they will give a GPS location in the middle of a blank map. This can take as long as 40 minutes to get our dispatch centre. Most maps of our area do not have any private roads or drive ways on them. All of our water access residents do not have a location on any map which causes us delays in finding you in an emergency.

The provincial government lays out the type of mapping and signage that is necessary to meet their standards. Every property will have a sign post with a blue sign imprinted with a number which will allow the fire department, police and ambulance to find you quickly in any emergency. These maps will be loaded into Kenora dispatch to allow them to dispatch emergency responders properly.

This is an extremely large project costing approximately $150 per property for mapping and government approve signage. We are looking at a total cost of this project in the $300,000 range. We estimate that this will take us another one to two years, depending on our donations. Once we have the mapping and signage done we can apply to Bell Canada to be added to the 911 coverage area.

We are a private not-for-profit corporation that can provide you with a tax receipt for any donations we receive. Please help us provide the service that you deserve!

Donate using your PayPal account, or by mail. 


By mail:


McKenzie Clearwater Fire Protection Corporation

P.O. Box 20

Clearwater Bay, Ontario

P0X 1S0


Please include:

Full name

Property description

Mailing address

Email address



​* Have your GPS coordinates and details description of your property location when calling (Learn how to find your GPS coordinates here)

FIRE EMERGENCY: 807-547-2400

POLICE EMERGENCY: 1-888-310-1122

​AMBULANCE: 807-468-3311

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