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.


TLA April ’16 Newsletter

The April, 2016 Newsletter is now available: TLA April 2016 Quarterly. This issue contains articles on the following topics: Golden Brown Benthic Algae (GBA): Responses to FAQs President’s Message Chain of Lakes Water Trail Invasive Plants Identification CAKE-CISMA TLA Interns – … Continue reading

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Golden Brown Algae Update – February 2016

In late February, Three Lakes Association was asked to present to the Leelanau Clean Waters Group to update them on our Golden Brown Benthic Algae (GBA) research. A slide presentation was assembled by our Water Quality Committee. We have put … Continue reading

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CLMP 2015 Water Quality Reports

The Cooperative Lakes Monitoring Program (CLMP) reports for 2015 are now available and have been posted on our website: 3lakes.com/projects/cooperative-lakes-monitoring-program.  They show continuing high quality lake waters for our beautiful lakes. This is good news! The reports for all three … Continue reading

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