Our Mission:  To protect, preserve and improve the environmental and aesthetic qualities of the Eau Claire Lakes Area watershed, including the lakes, rivers, shorelands, wetlands, forests and attendant wildlife resources.


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Welcome to Our New LEEP Coordinator!

We are pleased to welcome Parker Arntsen-Beaudin as our new Lake Ecology Education Program (LEEP) Coordinator! Parker lives in Hayward and brings an enthusiasm for environmental stewardship that will be invaluable to LEEP. Her organizational and

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First Healthy Lakes Projects Completed

This month we mailed our first reimbursement checks to property owners who are participating in the WDNR’s Healthy Lakes & Rivers grant program with us, and we’re enjoying this more than we can say! Reimbursements so

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FOECLA Welcomes New Board Members

Four people joined our board of directors this fall! On October 8, we gathered to thank our two outgoing directors and welcome our new directors. Outgoing board members Barbara Possin and Thom Storm each received an

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Thank you for visiting our website. Friends of the Eau Claire Lakes Area, officially registered as Property Owners Association, Inc. Barnes/Eau Claire Lakes Area, 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 Area School District 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 (please contact us at We encourage you to officially join our organization.

Kevin Shriver

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