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
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.
April 21 (Youth Room)
May 19 (Party Room)
June 16 (Party Room, Lyn Crighton, The Watershed Foundation)
July 21 (Banquet Room, Annual Meeting, elections, Jim Donahue, Aquatic Weed Control)
August 18 (Party Room, election of officers)
September 15 (Party Room, Jed Pearson, DNR)
October 20 (Party Room)
See you there!
The BLPOA is sponsoring the following events so please save the dates and participate.
Third Annual Flotilla, June 30, with registration at 1:00pm and parade at 2:00pm. There will be two starting points: Kuhn then Big Barbee and Irish then Sechrist and Sawmill. The theme is 'Favorite Disney character/movie'. Go Goofy...
Second Annual Paddle Scavenger Hunt on August 11. Welcome to paddlers of all ages. Beginning on the south shore of Big Barbee at 58 EMS B25A (the Chris and Tammy McClone residence). The Hunt will be followed by a picnic for all lake residents.
Hot Dog Boat days on May 26 and July 7.
As the events get closer more details will be provided on this website.
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.