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........ 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
2017 Summer Meetings for the BLPOA
Please attend BLPOA meetings which are held on the third Saturday of the month from April through October at 9:00 A.M. The meetings will be held at the North Webster Community Center in the Party Room except the July meeting which is in the Banquet Room
There will be outside speakers for the June, July and August meetings. These speaker are:
June 17 - Lyn Crighton from The Watershed Foundation
July 15 - Jim Donahue from Aquatic Weed Control
August 19 - Rod Edgell DNR LARE program
Please join us for these meetings. All are welcome.
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. Aquatic Weed Control treated May 9th on the lakes. Channel treatment update......they will no longer be treated week of May 22. Aquatic was out 5/22 and the water is too high. Channels will be treated as soon as the water drops.
On Sunday, July 2, 2017, BLPOA is sponsoring the second annual Flotilla which will start mid-afternoon in two locations, one in Kuhn Lake and one in Irish Lake and proceed through most of the other lakes. Come by pontoon boat, speed boat or fishing boat, to join in the BLPOA Flotilla. The theme this year is “Favorite Holiday.” Boats of all kinds can be decorated to celebrate your favorite holiday.
Property owners along the shore are encouraged to decorate their yards or piers and cheer the participants onward. Awards will be given for the best decorated boat and best on shore display in each of the flotilla locations.
Monitor here as more details are known.
Paddle Scavenger Hunt
BLPOA will hold its first annual Paddle Scavenger Hunt on August 6, 2017. This is open to people of all ages. It will originate and end at the lot behind the Barbee Hotel which is on the channel to the left going from Big Barbee to Little Barbee. We hope to begin the paddle at 10:00 a.m. and finish around 1:00 p.m., have lunch and then give out the prizes. This fun event will give lake residents and others, a chance to get to know the Barbee Chain, while having a day of fun scavenging around most of the lakes in the chain. (Sorry, no motorized boats.) Our 2016 Paddle Sponsors were: Barbee Hotel, BartsWater Sports ReMax Realty – Deb Wurtzel. In addition to the prize sponsors, we could not have had the event without the support of BLPOA members and lake property owners, Bob and Shari Marcuccilli (Big Barbee Channel) and Marilyn Shaffer (Irish Lake), who provided us with locations on the lakes to carry out the event.
Hot Dog Boat
BLPOA is going to get the Hog Dog Boat back in the water on a few weekends this summer. Right now, the plan is July 4th and Labor Day weekends. We need volunteers to cook and work the boat selling those great dogs!
"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.