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.


2018 GBA Water Sample Study

As part of our study of the golden brown algae proliferation on the lake floor of our northern lakes, we checked our water samples collected in 2018 for Ace-K (acesulfame potassium), an artificial sweetener found in numerous products used exclusively … Continue reading

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2017 GBA Study Report

In 2017 four lake associations collaborated to do a study to investigate the relationship between changes in phosphorus and  changes in the diatom composition of the lake floor golden brown algae.  The report of that study is now available: Peeper 2017 … Continue reading

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Golden Brown Algae Report Update

As part of our effort to judge if household wastewater could be a source of nutrients driving the proliferation of algae (GBA) on the lake floors in our area, we have checked groundwater for human-associated compounds in samples collected in … Continue reading

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