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.


2017 TLA Summer Intern Program Applications now being accepted!

It’s time to be thinking about the Three Lakes Association’s 2017 summer high school environmental internship. Interested high school students from the Bellaire, Central Lake, Kalkaska, and Mancelona school districts may apply.  They are expected to contribute at least 60 … Continue reading

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Suspended sediment

very fine soil particles that remain in suspension in water for a considerable period of time without contact with the bottom. Such material remains in suspension due to the upward components of turbulence and currents and/or by suspension. Perlman, U. … Continue reading

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TLA April ’17 Newsletter

The April, 2017 Newsletter is now available: TLA April Quarterly 2017  This issue contains articles on the following topics: Fish Shelters; five year project successfully completed! President’s Message – Such Sweet Sorrow Septic Systems: Advocating for Water Quality Protection Watershed Stewardship … Continue reading

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