About Us

The Friends of the Eau Claire Lakes Area, also officially registered as the Eau Claire Lakes Area Property Owners Association, is a voluntary group of year round and seasonal residents and visitors interested in preserving the beautiful environment in this remarkable corner of northwest Wisconsin. The local water quality is listed in the top 10% of all Wisconsin waters and we have a dedicated group of volunteers who monitor the water quality and educate the population on how to maintain this remarkable asset. We work with local governments, local businesses, and environmental organizations to advance our objectives.

Our organization has developed and funded an award winning educational program with the Drummond Public Schools that takes middle school students to the outdoors for hands on learning. We sponsor programs and seminars for adults in the community about everything from cooking to successful fishing to maintaining septic systems. We initiated a cooperative program with the Town of Barnes to develop and fund an effective boat landing watercraft inspection program to protect the lakes from invasive species. Our members volunteer to inspect the shorelines for any signs of invasive species and work with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources in control efforts.

We always welcome suggestions on how we can improve our organization and better serve the people in our impact area. We encourage you to officially join our organization.

 

Our History

The Friends of the Eau Claire Lakes Area was incorporated October 23, 1973 as the Friends of the Eau Claire Lakes, Inc. There were four directors; E. Grand Synder, Irene Pease, Glen Hall and Leslie Hall. The purpose of the corporation was “the preservation of the water quality, environment and land uses for the lakes commonly referred to as the Eau Claire Lakes area of Bayfield and Douglas County. Membership was open to all persons interested in the preservation and protection of these beautiful lakes.

The activities of the organization lead to a deeper understanding of what was necessary to keep our lakes clear and beautiful. Members became involved monitoring the lake health by testing and observations by lake users. They focused on educating lake users about the science of good lake stewardship. They learned the importance of involvement in policy making and civic responsibilities in order to protect and preserve the quality of the lakes.

Today the local water quality is listed in the top 10% of all Wisconsin waters. We have a dedicated group of volunteers who continue to monitor the water quality and educate the population on how to maintain this remarkable asset. We continue to work with local governments, local businesses and environmental organizations to advance our mission.

Our organization has developed and funded an award winning educational program with the Drummond Public Schools that take middle school students to the outdoors for hands on learning. We sponsor programs and seminars for adults in the community about everything from cooking successful fishing to maintaining septic systems. We initiated a cooperative program with the Town of Barnes to develop and fund an effective boat landing watercraft inspection program to protect the lakes from invasive species. Our members volunteer to inspect the shore line for any signs of invasive species and work with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources in control efforts

The mission to “Protect, preserve & improve the environmental & esthetic quality of the Eau Claire Lakes Area Watershed including the lakes, rivers, shore lands, wetlands, forests, & attendant wildlife resources” was embraced by others all over the Eau Claire Lakes area and our membership has grown to over 200 families.

We welcome your suggestions on how we can improve our organization and better serve the people and the environment in our impact area. We encourage you to officially join our organization.

 

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