Welcome to Three Lakes Association!

Our Mission

The mission of the Three Lakes Association is to provide leadership to preserve, protect, and improve the environmental quality of the Elk River Chain of Lakes Watershed for all generations with emphasis on Lake Bellaire, Clam Lake, Torch Lake and their tributaries.

Since 1966, the Three Lakes Association (TLA) has been actively engaged in a variety of ways which support our mission. From monitoring water quality to actively engaging with our local and state governments to providing grants for local science education in our schools, TLA has worked to insure that our lakes will remain the wonderful natural resource that we all love and enjoy.

This website contains a wide variety of information on our current and past projects. Please explore the many documents which are available under ‘Projects and Reports’. Our Newsletters are also available, going back to 2004, providing a rich history of our activity.

Recent News

We provide ongoing updates on our activities on this website, under ‘Latest News’ and also on Facebook. The most recent posts are shown below. You may also like to view a list of our recent Facebook posts, here on our website.


Strip of natural vegetation growing parallel to a stream that provides wildlife habitat and an erosion and flood buffer zone. This strip of vegetation also retards rainfall runoff down the bank slope and provides a root system that binds soil … Continue reading

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TLA SEOP 2017-2018 Application Deadline Extended to April 10!

TLA SEOP Grant Applications are now being accepted for the school year 2017-2018. You will find everything you need to complete the application process on our  website. Application Process To apply for TLA SEOP Grant for the school year 2017-2018, … Continue reading

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Soil bioengineering

The use of natural methods to control creek bank erosion, and to restore natural stream habitat. Also referred to as, “biotechnical slope protection,” soil-bioengineering involves the use of live and dead woody cuttings and poles or posts collected from native … Continue reading

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