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 April 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........ firstname.lastname@example.org
* Vice President Bob Gibbs..............email@example.com
* Lake Weed Control ... Neil Schwartz ... firstname.lastname@example.org ... 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
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.
"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.
2017 Scavenger Hunt Pics
George Hiatt, Larry Emmick and Roger Bruce from the BLPOA coordinated a project to install an osprey nesting site on the Barbee Chain. After reviewing a number of options they selected a site owned by Ron Baumgartner on Irish Lake.
For details on the construction of the nest see this document.
To get details on the transporting, installation of the pole/nest as well as sponsors and participants please check out this great article in InkFreeNews at
There is another osprey pole on Crooked Lake in the Upper Tippy watershed that was installed last year. So far they have only had osprey at lunch time. No full time residents so we have to be patient.
Another step will be to install a video camera at the nest and have a live connection to the internet. This is being coordinated by Mike Maenhout. This will require another trip up the pole by Scott Tinsley.
Selected pictures from this project can be seen below.
2017 Weed Treatment
It is a banner year for weeds in our chain because of the mild winter and little ice. Aquatic Weed Control assessed the Barbee Chain for invasive weeds in late April.They applied for the weed treatment permit from IDNR and received permission to treat. The map with areas of treatment can be viewed here. The chain was treated for algae on 6/26. The algae treatment is temporary lasting several weeks.
Paddle Scavenger Hunt
Please thank the following sponsors for the scavender hunt: Bart's, Bourbon Street Pizza, Studio 51, REMAX, Ace Hardware, Mutual Bank, McClone Electric, Barbee Landing, BLPOA and TWF.
Also thanks to Bob and Sherry Marcuccilli for allowing us the use of their property.
Some pictures of the event support, participants and winners are below
Hot Dog Boat - Sept 2nd
- Thank our Sponsors:
- Anthony Anchor Bay Marina
- Barbee Marina
- Bart's Watersports
- Bourbon Street Pizza
- Deb Wurtzel, ReMax
- Lisa Welty, Jill & Jennifer's Salon
- Lake City Bank
- Lakeland Services
- New Market
- Mohawk Piers
- Number One Bait Shop
- Pro Wake
2017 Flotilla Favorite Holiday
See some of the pictures below from the flotilla July 2, 2017. The BLPOA sponsored the second annual Flotilla which started mid-afternoon in two locations, one in Kuhn Lake and one in Sechrist Lake and proceeded through most of the other lakes. The theme this year was “Favorite Holiday.”
Ole' Osprey Pics
Selected pics from the osprey project with lots of help from sponsors and participants identified in the InkFreeNews article referenced above.
2017 Flotilla Pics
The 2017 Your Favorite Holiday' Flotilla was held July 2 on another beautiful day. Below are pictures of some of the entries.
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.
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.