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
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 ......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.
In May 2019 the Barbee Chain had a high water event. We came within .20 x 12" of cottages flooding. The readings are below.
Reading 9.6 at 12pm May 01, 2019.
9.7 at 11am May 02.
9.75 at 8:30pm May 02
9.8 at 10:30am May 03
a little less than 9.8 at 5pm May 04
9.7 at 2pm May 05
9.6 at 10:30am May 06.
9.5 at 10:30am May 07
9.4 at 10:30am May 08
In May 2020 the Barbee Chain had another high water event and the cottages flooded. The gage readings are as follows.
Reading 9.85' at 1:40pm May 19, 2020
9.98' at 7:30pm May 19
10.20 at 9am May 20
10.25 at 4pm May 20
10.4 at 9am May 21
10.4+ at 7:30pm May 21
10.45 at 9am May 22
10.5 afternoon May 22
10.4 at 9am May 23
10.3 at 10am May 24
10.19 at 1pm May 25
10.15 at 6:17pm May 25
10.1 at 12pm May 26
9.9+ at 5pm May 27
9.9 at 11am May 28 (raining)
9.88 at 8am May 29
9.75 at 10am May 30
9.6 at 3pm May 31
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 June thru October. The meetings begin at 8:30am. The April and May meeting are cancelled due to the virus. 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!
Mailings going out to BLPOA members
2020 Member Decals started being mailed out Saturday, July 18, 2020. If you have paid your membership dues and do not recieve your decal in the next 10 days please let me or any member of he Board of Directors and we will track it down for you. Let's see photos from all of you sporting your annual BLPOA decals. If you are not yet a member and would like to receive membership information please send 'contact us' or any member of the Board an email or private message and we will get it to you. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the BLPOA member decals; to become a member (and receive the decal), there is an annual $45 dues fee plus any additional you may want donate for weed control. All funds go for lake enhancement and member activities.
2020 Weed Treatment Update
quatic Weed Control (Dave Keister) presented his weed treating results at our July BLPOA meeting. He mentioned with the late spring cool weather and subsequent flooding that this has been a tough year to treat weeds. The two primary invasives, curlyleaf pond weed and eurasian millfoil, had optimal conditions for growing. The IDNR allows up to 10% of the acreage on each lake to be treated and that has been done. In addition channels have also been treated.
One big discovery is that another invasive, starry stonewort, has been 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. The BLPOA has approved treating this and Aquatic Weed Control applied to IDNR for permits. The first treatment was applied 7/22/2020. A second treatment will be applied near the end of August or beginning of September..
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.
Second Annual "Lighted Boat" Parade
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.