Welcome to barlow lake

Barlow Lake is a private lake located in the heart of Yankee Springs, Barry County, Michigan. Barlow Lake residents are served by the Barlow Lake Association.

Barlow Lake is one of Michigan's premiere inland lakes with 187 acres and is known for some of the best fish, lake residents, and boats around! It's also a place where the "proper attire" is required to kick back, relax, and enjoy lake living!

Barlow Lake Association is a non-profit organization of volunteers whose mission is to preserve and protect the quality, safety, and natural beauty of Barlow Lake and the Barlow community. The Association works closely with environmental agencies, state, and local governments whose interests are consistent with Barlow's mission to ensure the quality of life for both residents, vistors, and the area.

If you are a member, visit this site often to find all the required information you need on the lake, our activities, our Association rules, and most importantly, to become a part of the community in which you are living! If you are a new resident, or a current resident who has yet to become a member or pay your dues, we encourage you to sign up today! Your annual dues are essential in providing our lake and community with fun activities like our annual Fourth of July celebration and fireworks, our annual Boat Parade, fish stocking, water quality, lake safety promotion, and government affairs.

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Barlow Lake is named after a gentleman, Nathan Barlow. Nathan Barlow, representative from Barry County, in 1841 and 1848, was born in the state of Vermont in 1785- came to MI in 1837 and settled in the township of Yankee Springs Barry County.

By occupation a merchant and farmer; in politics a Whig. He served as associate judge and in company with his son, Nathan Jr., erected a saw mill at the outlet of Barlow Lake in 1840 and became the first postmaster. On Feb.7, 1870, he had the name of the post office changed to Bowen's Mill. (To this day, Bowen's Mills is still operational and preserved as a historic site.) Nathan Barlow died at Hastings in October 1834.

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