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.


New Executive Director – Ed DeRosha

Three Lakes Association is pleased to announce that we have a new Executive Director, Ed DeRosha. Ed is life-long resident of northern Michigan, devoted dad and environmental advocate. He earned degrees in advertising and social science/education at MSU and, after … Continue reading

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TLA January ’19 Newsletter

The January 2019 Newsletter is now available: TLA Newsletter Jan 2019 This issue contains articles on the following topics: A few words about Golden Brown Algae President’s Message TCE Groundwater Plume: Wrapping up TLA’s Role Delving Deeper into Swimmer’s Itch Board … Continue reading

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TLA October ’18 Newsletter

The October, 2018 Newsletter is now available: TLA Newsletter Oct 2018 This issue contains series of articles focused on Education and the SEOP program: Birch Street Field Trip 2017-2018 Grant Recipients Bellaire 4th Grade Bellaire 5th Grade Bellaire 7th & 8th … Continue reading

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