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 389 surface water acres.


The Lake District brings lakeshore owners together to discuss matters that affect the quality of life on the lake, agree on appropriate actions and establish a yearly budget. The Lake District operates under the guidelines and requirements of Section 33 of the Wisconsin Statues. All Horseshoe lakeshore property owners of record are voting members of the Lake District and are encouraged to participate in Lake District member meetings.


The second Annual Meeting of the Horseshoe Lake Public Inland Lake Protection and Rehabilitation District was held at 9:00 AM, August 19, 2017 at the Beaver Town Hall.   Go to this link to review the August 19, 2017 Lake District meeting minutes.

At the lake district meeting on May 19, 2018, the board voted to explore the available options to address the floating bog problem. As further information becomes available it will be communicated.

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2018 Lake District Events and Meetings:

February 10th, 9:00 am, Lake District Board meeting at the Beaver Town Hall.
May 19th, 8:30 am, Lake District Board meeting at the Beaver Town hall.
June 2nd and 3rd, free fishing weekend in Wisconsin.
June 16th, 9:30 am, Horseshoe Lake District volunteer cleanup of Beaver town park and landing.
June 29th - July 4th, Boat Landing Blitz.
July 4th Boat Parade, 2:00 pm.
August 18th, 9:00 am, Annual Lake District budget meeting at the Beaver Town Hall for full board and all members.
October date and time TBD, Lake District Board meeting at the Beaver Town Hall.
Lake District members: Be sure to revisit this web site and also our Facebook page for updates regarding 2018 Lake District events and meetings.

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Go to this link for a list of 2017 Lake District events and meetings.

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Healthy Lakes is the name of a program in Wisconsin. The Healthy Lakes Implementation Plan describes relatively simple and inexpensive best practices that lake shore property owners can implement, including shoreline restoration practices. See http://healthylakeswi.com/ Its goal is to protect and improve the health of Wisconsin lakes by increasing lake-shore property owner participation in habitat restoration and runoff and erosion control projects. Lake partners, including our lake district, may adopt this Plan as is or integrate the Plan into a planning process.
The Healthy Lakes Implementation Plan seems very well adapted to the needs of Horseshoe Lake. The best practices:
  • are relatively simple and inexpensive to implement.
  • are appropriate for typical lakeshore property.
  • are beneficial to lake habitat and water quality.
  • include typical costs and technical, regulatory and funding information.
  • include handouts for home owners.
  • support installation of native plantings at least 350 square feet in size, rain gardens, runoff diversion systems, French drains and fish-sticks.

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Chemical Treatment of Eurasion Water Milfoil was completed on May 24th, 2017.
Northern Aquatic Services completed the planned chemical treatment of 4.22 acres of Eurasion Water Milfoil in Horseshoe Lake on May 24th. Propery owners near treament areas were notified by letter prior to treatment. Swimming was restricted in the treatment areas for 24 hours. The data used for the treatment application submitted by the Horseshoe Lake District was provided by our fall 2016 plant survey compiled by Matt Berg. The treatment permit was issued April 24th.
Go to this link to review the Permit Application and Map of the treatment areas in Horseshoe Lake.

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Go to this link to review the Fall 2017 Milfoil Bed Mapping Survey.
Go to this link to review the Citizen Lake Level Monitoring, 2016 Horseshoe Lake Report.

Go to this link to review the Internal Phosphorus Loading and Sediment Phosphorus Fractionation Analysis for Horseshoe Lake, Wisconsin. (Report issued December 2016.)

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Zebra Mussel News: Zebra mussels have been found in nearby Deer Lake. This lake joins the list of over 250 lakes and rivers throughout Wisconsin where this invasive species has been discovered. (Our lake is not on the list.) The Polk County website has important information. As stated there, "With zebra mussels likely present in Polk County it is more important than ever that lake residents know how to identify zebra mussels and participate in prevention activities such as Clean Boats, Clean Waters and the Citizen Lake Monitoring Network for Aquatic Invasive Species."

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A lake district is the most inclusive form of government that exists in the US. The lake district board does not make any decisions. The members (the landowners, both residents and non-residents) who attend lake district meetings, discuss matters and then vote on those matters make the lake district decisions.

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The Horseshoe Lake Public Inland Lake Protection and Rehabilitation District is now on Facebook!  
Visit us here: www.facebook.com/hlake.org

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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
2016
3/28
2017
3/30
2018
5/2