Our 2024 Newsletter Now Available to Download!

Our April 2024 newsletter was recently mailed to property owners in Barnes, Gordon and Highland and is now available to download! The newsletter includes information on our annual meeting which will have an update of the status of Wisconsin’s elk herd, and information about what you can do if you see sick, injured or entangled […]

Another Successful LEEP Day Under Our Belts!

This fall’s LEEP Day took place on September 26 on Bony Lake. 28 students and their teachers, 4 high school helpers, 16 volunteers and several DNR and County staff enjoyed a beautiful day focused on lake ecology. To learn more about this fall’s LEEP Day, click here.

Newly Introduced Legislation Threatens Our Lakes

Our mission guides us as a board and organization, always reminding us of our commitment to protect, preserve and improve the natural resources around us. So when new recreational uses of our lakes emerged – wakesurfing and wakeboarding – we took time to research the design of wake boats and the potential impacts of wake […]

We Give Thanks for Volunteers!

Happy Thanksgiving! We are taking a moment to thank those who generously volunteer their time to help our lakes and forests – like Tina Moseley, who volunteers on the Town of Barnes BAISS Boat! To read more about some of these wonderful volunteers and their favorite activities, click here.

Lock Between Middle and Lower is Closed for Repairs

The lock between Middle and Lower Eau Claire Lakes is now closed for repairs due to seepage issues. The dam alongside the lock was originally constructed of logs to impound and propel felled logs downstream during the late 1800s. It was called Smith Dam. At the outlet from Lower Eau Claire Lake was another log dam, […]

FOECLA Awarded 2nd Healthy Lakes & Rivers Grant!

We are proud to announce that we have been awarded our second Healthy Lakes & Rivers grant from the DNR! Our application on behalf of area property owners was fully-funded. We will administer $10,000 for shoreline improvement projects this year and next. The projects will include rain gardens, infiltration and diversion practices, fish sticks, and […]

Stop Spiny Presentation March 16, 6 pm

Join Zach Stewart from the Douglas County AIS Program on March 16 at 6 pm for a free live webinar on the invasive spiny waterflea, a type of zooplankton that preys on native zooplankton, including Daphnia, which are an important food source for native fishes. This poses a problem for our fish, as spiny waterfleas […]

LEEP Featured on Live! from North Woods and Waters Oct. 25 7-8pm

Our Lake Ecology Education Program (LEEP) will be featured on Live! from North Woods and Waters on October 25. Christine Neff and Melissa Kjelvik will discuss how LEEP engages local youth to launch them on a positive lifelong relationship in environmental stewardship. A comprehensive lake ecology education program aligned with Wisconsin state standards, LEEP’s goal […]

Fireworks? Don’t Forget the Permit!

With the cancellations of “Good Neighbor Days” in Gordon and the Fourth of July parade and fireworks in Barnes this year, residents and guests who wish to display fireworks on their property (owned or rented) are reminded to contact their town clerk for a fireworks permit.  There are public displays scheduled in the Hayward area […]