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 […]

Now Hiring – LEEP Coordinator

We are hiring! Join our team and help students learn to be life-long lake stewards! Email us at for more information and to apply.

We’re Hiring!

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

FOECLA Awarded 2021 DNR Healthy Lakes & Rivers Grant

Friends of the Eau Claire Lakes Area (FOECLA) has been awarded a 2021 Healthy Lakes & Rivers ( 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.” […]

Registration Now Open for July 10, 2021 Vatten Paddlar

Join the Fun! Paddle northwestern Wisconsin’s most beautiful chain of lakes in Barnes, Wisconsin. This year’s Vatten Paddlar will be held on July 10. Whether you decide to enter to win or to just enjoy an adventure with dozens of other paddling enthusiasts, your day on the Eau Claire Chain of Lakes will be amazing. […]

You Are Invited to Our Annual Meeting!

Please join us on Saturday, July 17, 2021 for our annual meeting. Following the 9 am business meeting, we will welcome our guest speaker, Jim Bakken. Jim will present information about why area lakes rise and fall, current lake water levels, and a new project undertaken by Friends of the Eau Claire Lakes Area to […]

Watch Videos from the 2020 NW Wisconsin Lakes Conference

The 2020 NW Wisconsin Lakes Conference was hosted online via Zoom on June 19, 2020. A wide range of topics were covered, from climate change impacts on our lakes to water policy to turtles to a story of lake mangement (brochure here). To watch videos of the presentations, click on this link. Enjoy!