Barbee Lake facts for kids
Quick facts for kidsBarbee Lake
Map of the Barbee chain of lakes
|Location||Warsaw, Kosciusko County, Indiana|
|Primary inflows||Grassy Creek|
|Primary outflows||into Tippecanoe Lake|
|Basin countries||United States|
|Surface area||855 acres (346 ha)|
|Average depth||16 ft (4.9 m)|
|Max. depth||65 ft (20 m)|
|Water volume||4,749 acre⋅ft (5,858,000 m3)|
|Surface elevation||840 ft (260 m)|
The lake chain
Barbee Lake is composed of seven interconnected and natural lakes (Barbee Lakes chain):
- Barbee Lake 304 acres (123 ha)
- Little Barbee Lake 74 acres (30 ha)
- Kuhn Lake 137 acres (55 ha)
- Irish Lake 182 acres (74 ha)
- Sawmill Lake 36 acres (15 ha)
- Sechrist Lake 105 acres (42 ha)
- Banning Lake 17 acres (6.9 ha)
Inflow and outflow
Inflow via Grassy Creek feeds Barbee (Big Barbee), Little Barbee, Irish, and Sawmill. Shoe Lake flows into Banning Lake while Heron Lake flows into Kuhn Lake. Banning and Kuhn Lakes have the best water quality in the chain because their small watersheds contribute fewer nutrients. Water leaving the Barbee chain heads north and feeds Tippecanoe Lake. Some 75% of the watershed is agricultural.
The chain of Barbee lakes has approximately 2,300 residences spread throughout the lakes with the highest concentration near Barbee's north end, Sechrist, and Little Barbee Lake.
All of the lakes support bluegill, largemouth bass, yellow perch, catfish, and crappie. The Indiana Department of Natural Resources maintains a boat ramp on Kuhn Lake's north side. Access to Tippecanoe is possible for boats 16 feet (4.9 m) and shorter in length through a manually operated lock.
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