Welcome to the Barbee Lakes Property Owners Website
The BLPOA is a member/donor organization whose focus is recreation on the Barbee Chain of Lakes for us, our kids and grandkids.
A significant part of keeping the lakes fun is controlling the invasive weeds such as eurasian milfoil and curlyleaf pondweed. To fund weed control we need members and donations and that is why we need you. We also apply for grants to treat weeds and to fund other projects to improve lake recreation. We, along with many others, apply for Lake and River Enchancement grants from Indiana DNR to help fund weed control. DNR can only fund a small number of the applications so most years we are fully responsible for weed treatment and the costs are increasing significantly.
In addition the BLPOA maintains signs on the lakes, sponsors the Hotdog Boat and the Pirates Parade.
BLPOA membership is $45/yr. Tax deductible donations are made to the Grassy Creek Foundation. The recommended donation is $2 per foot of shoreline. Please send the checks to
PO Box 175
North Webster, Indiana
BLPOA meetings are the third Saturday of every month from March through October of each year. They are held at the North Webster Community Center and begin at 9AM. The annual meeting is on the third Saturday of July and begins at 9am. Please come!
The following is a contact list for various questions about the BLPOA:
* Jim Beckstein ... President ... firstname.lastname@example.org
* Lake Weed Control ... Neil Schwartz ... email@example.com ... 574-834-7329.
You can also contact the BLPOA via email at the 'contact us' page of this website or via mail at
PO Box 175
North Webster, Indiana
Heron Hunting from Pontoon
A blue heron is checking out a potential sunset dinner from the top of a pontoon boat.
Membership stickers will be back for 2015. In the past the stickers were given to members/donors. Several years ago they were discontinued and the savings (approximately $700) were applied to weed treatments. After hearing from many of you the stickers will be back again. Thanks for your feedback.
Next BLPOA Meeting to Discuss Weed Treatment
On June 20th at 9AM the BLPOA will have Jim Donahoe from Aquatic Weed Control. Jim will discuss what we are treating, how often and why.
We will be meeting at the North Webster Community Center.
Also the DNR LARE grant recipients can be viewed at here for weed treatment for lakes and here for logjam and sediment removal.
May BLPOA meeting 5/16/2015
On 5/16/2015 Dr. Nate Bosch from Grace College, Center for Lakes and Streams, gave a well-received presentation on water quality in the Barbee Chain. Nate and his students studied all the lakes in the Barbees extensively in 2014. To view Nate's report click here and select Barbee Lakes Chain.
For a complete list of 2015 meetings and local expert speakers select this.
2015 Weed Treatment Plans
A major task of the BLPOA is to provide weed control for the seven lakes of the Barbee chain. We can accomplish this with your monetary contributions to the BLPOA. With spring just around the corner we are encouraging you to contribute to the weed control fund. If you have any questions about spraying you may contact Neil Schwartz at (574) 265-7052 or Neil72 @embarqmail.com. Hope to see you on the lake this season.
IDNR's Presentation on Weeds
During the BLPOA's annual meeting Jed Pearson, DNR area biologist, presented the weed treatment plans. You can view the presentation here.
2014 Update from Treasurer's Corner
To get the latest BLPOA financial information view this.
Information on Mute Swans
Check here for IDNR information on mute swans.
To get info on Michigan's mute swan program select this. Click here for more information about mute swans from Michigan.
Want to Learn More about Lakes?
The following presentation was made at the ILMS conference. It's about an hour but very informative.
You can see it here.
New Property Owners
Please download the this PDF file and register with the BLPOA. Your registration allows us to be responsive to your needs and keep our records current. Thank you.
Big Rain (5/31/2013) Makes Muddy Barbee Chain
A steep, large, tilled field with minimal vegetative buffer is easily compromised by the rain and crosses the road (left, top). The sediment flows into a large wetland on the southwest side of Irish (center, top). Water in this wetland is normally clear and you can usually see the bottom. After the rain the clarity in the wetland was about an inch as indicated on the kayak paddle (right, top). The muddy water quickly filled the large wetland (left, bottom) and, along with several other sediment sources, caused a muddy streak through Irish Lake and Sawmill (center, bottom) on the way to Lake Tippecanoe.