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:
* President.....Kathryn Schmidt........ email@example.com
* Vice President Bob Gibbs..............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.
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.
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.
Information on Mute Swans
2016 Summer Meetings for the BLPOA
In September, Tyler Delauder, assistant fisheries biologist from IDNR Columbia City, presented a detailed Status and Trends survey for Sechrist Lake. Many folks attended and the data was very well received.
On July 16th our weed guy, Jim Donahoe from Aquatic Weed Control presented his Barbee weed experience to the BLPOA. Wel also discussed committee reports, old business and new business. Please join us.
On June 18th Lyn Crighton, executive director for The Watershed Foundation (TWF) presented to the BLPOA. TWF provides water education, water quality monitoring and implements projects to improve water quality for the Upper Tippecaanoe Watershed. This includes our Barbee Chain of Lakes and lakes and streams flowing into our Chain. Her wonderful presentation can be viewed here.
Invasive Weed Treatments
Aquatic Weed Control treated the Barbee Chain for invasive weeds the week of 5/16/16. They specifically treated eurasian milfoil. The channels were treated just before Memorial Day. That is early this year due to the weed growth.
2016 Poker Paddle
There was a poker paddle on the Barbee Chain on August 6th. Thanks to all our participants and helpers. And especially our sponsors including ACE Hardware, CVS, New Market, Lucky's Tavern, Barbee Hotel, Pic-A-Spot, Barbee Landing, Maria's Restaurant, Patino's Mexican Restaurant, Bart's..
It was a fun time as seen by the pictures shown way below!
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.
"Red Flag" Safety Program
The BLPOA is instituting a voluntary "Red Flag" program for improving safety of tubers and skiers. The spotter waves a red flag when his or her skier or tuber falls, and points the red flag at the downed person so surrounding boaters can see the location. Red flags can be obtained by contacting Larry Emmick at 708-288-1505.
Poker Paddle (8/6/2016)
Another beautiful Saturday and 40 paddlers took trips thru the Barbee Chain. There were two paddling groups both starting at Barbee Hotel with one going thru Little Barbee and into Irish and the other going thru Big Barbee and into Kuhn. Both then paddled back to the hotel for rewards and refreshments.
Poker Paddle (8/1/2015)
On a beautiful Saturday 41 paddlers took a trip thru the Barbee Chain. Starting in Irish then Banning, then back thru Irish to Little Barbee and to lunch at the Barbee Hotel. After lunch we paddled to Big Barbee back thru Little Barbee and Irish to Sawmill. Glanced at Sechrist and then back to Irish. The pictures below show some of the activity.
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.