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 events such as the Hotdog Boat, Scavenger Hunt, annual picnic and the Lighted Boat 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
Or you can donate electronically at the Donations and $ page.
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 8:30AM. 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 ......Lon Sloan.................firstname.lastname@example.org
* Vice President.....Kathryn Schmidt........ 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
Barbee Chain Water Level Gage
The Barbee Chain water level gage was placed on the bridge support between Little and Big Barbee in October 2017. You can view the gage from the Barbee Landing parking lot. The purpose is to give the Barbee Chain real numbers so we can track water levels. This helps during significant rain events especially for those cottages in lower areas. It also allows us to see how long it takes to drop back to lower levels. We drain 54 square miles including Ridinger and Robinson lakes.
It was attached when the water was at a very low level, 8.0 on the gage. The normal level is 8.15 (consistant with the dam which keeps the lakes at this level most of the time). High water during 02/18 reached 10.7. Some cottages started taking water during this event at about 10.0 on the gage. The highest level on record was in 3/85 at 11.2.
These numbers are in decimal form so tenths of an inch. That’s how water gages work. Some of this info comes from Mike Kissenger the county surveyor.
To view high water events and gage readings click here.
New Property Owners/Members
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.
Want to Learn More about Algae in our Lakes?
Grace College has written an explanation and done research on Kosciusko County lakes. You can find details at https://lakes.grace.edu/blue-green-algae/
Huh??? See how Dr. Nate Bosch describes stratification of our chain. Click here.
Information on Invasive Mute Swans
Please attend the BLPOA meetings. They are held at the North Webster Community Center on the third Saturday of each month from April thru October. The meetings begin at 8:30AM. If you have any questions before the meeting schedules start please use the 'contact us' part of this website or the BLPOA facebook page.
Special speakers include
See you there!
Third Annual "Lighted Boat" Parade - 2021
The BLPOA held its annual, "Lighted Boat Parade" Sunday night of Labor day weekend. Kathryn and Al Schmidt hosted and led the parade thru Kuhn and Big Barbee. Jo and Bob Almond hosted and led the parade thru Little Barbee, Irish, Sechrist and Sawmill.
Thanks to our parade leaders, participants and our active cheering crowds of all ages.
See some pics below.
2021 Weed Treatment
Aquatic Weed Control has treated the lakes and channels. These treated invasive weeds are curleyleaf pond weed and eurasian millfoil. The IDNR allows up to 10% of the acreage on each lake to be treated and that has been done. In addition the BLPOA has the channels treated.
One big discovery last year was that another invasive, starry stonewort, was found. It has been in other area lakes but this is a first time discovery in the Barbee Chain. It was discovered in several spots on Sechrist. Buoys mark the primary location on the south side of Sechrist. PLEASE DO NOT BOAT IN THIS AREA UNLESS NECESSARY. Fragments will scatter and start in other areas of the chain. As a follow up to the starry stonewart discovery Aquatic Weed Control did a mid August 2021 search to find additional SSW. In 330 samples no other lakes on the chain have it! Nor do the channels. A likely spot. That is great news since it is very expensive to treat. One additional spot was found in Sechrist. The last SSW treatment for Sechrist this year is 8/27/2021.
If you have invasive weed locations that you think should be sprayed contact Neil Schwartz and he will discuss this with you and contact Aquatic Weed Control. Neil and Aquatic Weed Control will decide if they need to apply to IDNR for a potential spraying permit.
For aquatic plant identification this is a cool brochure click here.
Lakeside Cleanup Results
Thanks to the 26 folks who participated in a road litter cleanup the weekend of May 22. This group collected 62 bags of litter. Areas covered include portions of South Barbee Dr, McKenna Rd, Rattlesnake Rd, Brown, CR 450 and SR 13. That's 8 miles of area roads! The pic above is one of the numerous groups to help.
And thanks to Jerry Schmidt for coordinating and participating in this effort to clean up our area roads.
Some 2021 Lighted Boat Parade Pics....Wow to the Participants!
Some of the participants from the west side of the Barbee Chain. Taken on Irish
2019 Lighted Boat Parade Pics
Some of the participant boat pics include:
2018 Flotilla Pics
The 'Disney' theme Flotilla pictures of some of the entries are below.
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.