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.


Golden Brown Algae Water Sampling

These photos were taken Aug 31, 2015 on Torch Lake as part of TLA’s GBA-team’s initial use of two new techniques for collecting groundwater samples. Twelve Passive Diffuser Bags inside perforated PVC pipes (two diffuser bags per pipe), shown in the … Continue reading

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Letter to the Editor of the Antrim Review

The following letter is addressed to the editor of the Antrim Review: To the Editor: Imagine the surprise of the Three Lakes Association volunteers studying the Golden Brown Algae blooms in Torch and other nearby lakes, when we encountered the … Continue reading

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Annual Meeting Tonight – Location Update

The annual meeting and potluck dinner will be held in the building on the north side of the Summit Beach Club, not in the Pavillion, due to the high winds.

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