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 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
Heron Hunting from Pontoon
A blue heron is checking out a potential sunset dinner from the top of a pontoon boat.
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.
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 Weed Treatment Plans
Read the latest on weeds for the Barbee Chain here.
2014 Update from Treasurer's Corner
To get the latest BLPOA financial information view this.
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.
Lakes Festival Forum
The Center for Lakes and Streams is hosting a discussion at the Lakes Festival this summer for lake residents and farmers to explore common goals and improve our lakes. This is our Lakes and Agriculture Forum which will be a lunch event on Saturday, June 14.
Dr Nate Bosch (Grace College) and experts from local agriculture and lake perspectives will talk about some of the things agriculture can do to help our lakes get cleaner. There will be Q&A and discussion with all attendees. Registration is free and it includes lunch. More details about the festival are available at the festival website, including the online registration form for this lunch discussion.
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.
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.