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 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 8am. The annual meeting is on the third Saturday of July and begins at 9am. Please come!
You can contact the BLPOA via email at the 'contact us' page of this website or via mail at
PO Box 175
North Webster, Indiana
Fall Mornings on the Barbees
Cold Fall nights are leading to very picturesque
Membership Stickers and Newsletters
As you may have read in the newsletters, funds have been rather limited for the
last few years. Due to this, the Board of Directors for the BLPOA has looked at
several means of saving money. As the cost of printing and mailing was in
excess of $700 a year it was decided to discontinue the membership
stickers. You may have also noticed the newsletter has been
streamlined. This too has resulted in a significant savings.
DNR and Water Clarity
DNR's news release on NE Indiana Lakes and water clarity is very good at explaining our reduced water clarity. View it here.
On 7/29/2013 "All Things Water" 'spot' sprayed all lakes and channels for eurasian milfoil and the lakes were treated for algae.
The milfoil treatment has made a big difference in some of the lakes I use.
Monthly BLPOA Meetings
Meetings are on the third Saturday of the month from March thru October at the North Webster Community Center. Meetings start at 8AM. All are invited. Hope to see you there.
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.
Thanks to Carman Pier for their donation to this website.
Signs of Early Summer on the Barbee Chain
A bluegill nest is ready with its shells in the picture below on the left. The invasive eurasian milfoil are growing quickly due to all the nutrients in the water. The invasive weeds will have their first treatment of 2013 after Memorial weekend. Your donations are needed and appreciated.
Big Rain (5/31/2013) Makes Muddy Barbee Chain
A steep, large, tilled field with minimal vegetative buffer is easily compromised by the rain (left, top) and 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.