New Lake Brochures with Valuable AIS Info Now Available!

Visitors and property owners alike will benefit from three brochures recently published by the Town of Barnes. The brochures are tailored to Tomahawk/Sand Bar, Upper Eau Claire and Middle Eau Claire lakes and provide information on boating safety and preventing the spread of aquatic invasive plants. Of particular interest is information on which invasive(s) are […]

Join Us on June 25 at Tomahawk Lake Park!

Mark your calendars! We are excited to co-sponsor a boating safety event with the Town of Barnes at Tomahawk Lake Park on Saturday, June 25, 10:00 – 11:30 am. Invited speakers include Rick Peters, WDNR Warden Supervisor, and Katelyn Juza, WDNR Area Recreation Specialist. We will also provide information about curly-leaf pondweed and Eurasian watermilfoil […]

Boating Safety Brochure Now Available!

Check out our new boating safety brochure! In addition to information on boating laws, the brochure provides practical suggestions for taking care of our lakes and their sandy soils, which are particularly vulnerable to shoreline erosion and plant displacement from boat wakes. To download and view our brochure, just click on ‘Water Safety’ at the […]

Proud to Co-Sponsor the MacQuarrie Pilgrimage and Tour August 2022

We’re pleased to co-sponsor this event presented by the Barnes Area Historical Association on August 26 and 27 featuring one of our area’s “favorite sons.” MacQuarrie, who built a cabin on Middle Eau Claire Lake, was born in Superior in 1901. He is credited with becoming the first full-time, professional outdoor writer in America when […]

Town of Barnes Offers AIS and CBCW Workshops April 22 and May 20

These two sessions are open to the public, no strings attached! Andy and Zach love to share what they know with others and you’re guaranteed to learn something about aquatic invasive species in our lakes. Find out what is being done to control them and prevent their spread. Barnes Town Hall, April 22 and May […]

Register now for the 2022 Vatten Paddlar!

Register now for the 2022 Vatten Paddlar, to be held July 9 on the beautiful Eau Claire chain of lakes! Choose your adventure: recreational paddlers and families may prefer the 5-mile distance for stand-up paddleboards (SUPs), kayaks, and canoes.  Racers and folks out for more of a challenge enjoy the 10-mile distance for kayaks and […]

We’re Hiring!

We are hiring! Join our team and help students learn to be life-long lake stewards! Email us at eauclairefriends@gmail.com for more information and to apply. Applications due 4/14/22.

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 Aldo Leopold bench handcrafted by board member Marty Olson and signed by board members. Photo (L to R): Denny […]

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 far are for a shoreline 350-square-foot native planting ($1,000), an upland water diversion ($445), and a rain garden ($962). […]

FOECLA Awarded 2021 DNR Healthy Lakes & Rivers Grant

Friends of the Eau Claire Lakes Area (FOECLA) has been awarded a 2021 Healthy Lakes & Rivers (https://healthylakeswi.com/) grant from the Wisconsin DNR. The purpose of this grant program is “to protect and restore the health of our lakes and rivers by increasing property owner participation in habitat restoration and runoff and erosion control projects.” […]