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The Horseshoe Lake Improvement Association brings lakeshore owners together to discuss matters that affect the quality of life on the lake. The Association is a non-profit organization. Membership is open to all Horseshoe lakeshore property owners.

Horseshoe Lake is located on the border of Polk and Barron Counties about three miles northwest of the town of Turtle Lake, Wisconsin. Approximately 60% of the lake is in Polk County. The lake has 377 surface water acres.

HLIA member meetings are held several times each summer.

Link to May 23, 2015 Meeting Minutes.

Link to Presentation/report by Dave Blumer, our management expert from LEAPS, at the August 30 meeting.

Milfoil News

Approximately 6 acres of Horseshoe Lake will be treated during May or June, 2015.
Link to Proposed 2015 Treatment Area Lake Map.  (The map has five pages. Scroll from top to bottom to view all proposed treatment areas.)

Prior to treatment, property owners adjacent to the treatment areas will receive a notification letter in the mail. The notification letter can be read here.

The Wisconsin DNR requires that the 2015-2019 Aquatic Plant Management Plan for Horseshoe Lake be made available for review and comment by Horseshoe Lake property owners and other interested parties. Direct your comments to either the author of the report Dave Blumer, Lake Educator,Lake Education and Planning Services, LLC or to Pam Nelson, Horseshoe Lake AIS Coordinator. The link to the report is  here. Dave's email address is dblumerleaps@gmail.com. Pam's email address is pnelson@millerhartwig.com

We need volunteers to inspect arriving and departing boats and trailers at the Horseshoe Lake boat landing.
Volunteers also provide invasive species information to landing users. If you are willing to volunteer, please email Jack Sullivan. Go here for more information.

A boat and trailer inspector refresher seminar will be held Saturday May 9th. Contact the DNR for more information and to sign up. If you want to attend the May seminar with Jack Sullivan, email HLIA (link on this page).
Link to Citizen Lake Monitoring information.
Link to HLIA milfoil volunteer form to record time and expenses.

This is Hybrid Milfoil:

Hybrid Milfoil

If you see it and can safely reach it, remove it. Try not to fragment it. Get the roots if possible. Dispose of it well away from the lake.

Horseshoe Lake Ice Out History:

1982
4/23
1983
4/22
1984
4/14
1985
4/12
1986
4/8
1987
3/29
1988
4/7
1989
4/18
1990
4/8
1991
???
1992
???
1993
4/19
1994
4/13
1995
4/21
1996
4/26
1997
4/20
1998
3/31
1999
4/5
2000
3/24
2001
4/16
2002
4/16
2003
4/14
2004
4/13
2005
4/12
2006
4/09
2007
3/29
2008
4/26
2009
4/10
2010
3/30
2011
4/15
2012
3/19
2013
5/8
2014
4/28
2015
3/31

Ice Out Likelihood Stats  (includes 2015)
Anytime in March - 18.75%
First 15 Days of April - 46.875%
Last 15 Days of April - 31.25%
Anytime May - 3.125%
Median Day (50/50 chance) - April 14.



Links to Lake District information:
   Wisconsin Association of Lakes, Lake Association and Lake District Information
   UWSP College of Natural Resources, "Forming a Lake District"

From "Lake Tides" Spring 2013:
Lake District Q&A

SNUBA News   

Divers and Wannabes,

If you have not already been certified, now is the time to start. The lakeshore association is still willing to reimburse the cost of the certification if you contribute 10 hours of dive time this year.
   Here is the link to get started with SNUBA training: Snuba Certification. SNUBA Gear
All you of 18 years or older ... let us know when you are ready and we will contact you when it's time to get in the water. Craig and I dive from April to July, most weekends. If you want to join us in the FUN, or you know someone else who would like to join, us let us know. We have many wetsuits to fit most, but you would probally want your own mask ... fins ... aqua socks? We have everything else! It is really another world down under and quite fun to explore the under side of the lake! Let us know; we would love to play underwater with you all  ...  Craig and Laura Nackerud

SNUBA is a way for HLIA members to be involved, hands-on, in the ongoing effort to control milfoil.
Email HLIA if you are interested.   More SNUBA information here.

Use caution at the boat landing!

The lake level is up, but rocks may still be a hazard for boat launching. No power loading!

DNR warning regarding the clearing of lakeshore.

Some lakeshore owners received warnings from the DNR regarding the clearing of beach and lakeshore. Only a 30 foot strip may be cleared, and only by hand -- no chemicals or machines. Violators may be fined.

Membership/Renewal

$40.00 of your $50.00 membership fee goes to the HLIA Milfoil funds account.

We have a Post Office box to receive dues payments, donations to combat milfoil, and other correspondence:

     Horseshoe Lake Improvement Association
     PO Box 304
     Turtle Lake, WI 54889


In you are a Horseshoe Lake property owner and would like to join HILA, please email HLIA or complete, print and mail
this HLIA member sign up form.

If you are a current Horseshoe Lake Improvement Association member and would like to update your member information, please email HLIA or complete, print and mail this HLIA member update form.

See the meeting minutes page for past member meeting minutes.

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