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.


2020 SEOP Grant Applications Deadline Extended

The SEOP Grant application deadline has been extended to May 15, 2020, and awards will be announced by June 1. The application for the 2020-2021 SEOP grant program is online here. … Continue reading

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TLA February ’20 Newsletter

The February 2020 Newsletter is now available: TLA Newsletter Feb 2020 This issue contains articles on the following topics: Chain of Lakes Water Trail President’s Message Jeanie Williams, newest addition to Three Lakes Association TLA’s Science Education Outreach Program Are … Continue reading

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Swimmer’s Itch Assessments – 2019

During 2019, TLA hired Freshwater Solutions to conduct three Comprehensive Assessments, plus our Summer Interns in 2019 used a new DNA-based methodology to detect the swimmer’s itch parasite in water samples.  The assembled reports acknowledge TLA’s sources for funding for … Continue reading

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