|Summer 2016 HLIA Schedule|
|DNR Invasive Species Control|
|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 September 5, 2015 Meeting Minutes.
Update March 28th: The ice is gone!! Horseshoe Lake is now open. Happy Spring!
Turtle Lake High School "Earth Day" … April 22nd (rain date April 20th)
1:00 - 3:00 pm in the Beaver Town Park (the students will rake the Beaver town park).
Will need trailers/trucks that day to move leaves and brush. Anyone that can help with hauling on the 22nd (or the 20th if rain is forecasted for the 22nd) please contact Steve Eichman (use email link on this page) to let him know you are available.
Lake District Update
The Lake District Petition had 234 petition signatures in support of the lake district, approximately 65% of property owners, and was submitted to the Polk County Clerk's office September 14, 2015.
The Polk County CDRE (Conservation, Development, Recreation and Education) committee met December 3, 2015 and forwarded their recommendation to approve our petition to the Polk County Board of Supervisors. The Board of Supervisors approved our Lake District petition at their January 19, 2016 meeting.
Go here to read the Polk County Board of Supervisors' resolution that approves the "Horseshoe Lake Public Inland Lake Protection and Rehabilitation District." The resolution can also be found on the Polk County website.
Commissioners of the Initial Board have been selected (four Horseshoe Lake lake shore property owners, listed in the resolution - page four). The Commissioners of the Initial Board have been tasked with a number of duties. These include: begin lake district business; set a date for the 1st Annual Meeting to be held between May 22, 2016 and September 8, 2016 (initial plan, during August); prepare a proposed budget, ballots and other materials for the Annual Meeting; and mail the notice of the Annual Meeting to all residents and property owners. The term of the Commissioners of the Initial Board expires at the first annual meeting, and they have a lot of work to do within a short period of time. See the "UWSP College of Natural Resources, "Forming a Lake District" link below and go to pages 53 and 54 of that document for more information regarding Initial Board member duties.
The Horseshoe Lake Improvement Association will continue to exist in 2016, pending a HLIA membership vote to either keep the association in operation after the lake district begins operation or to dissolve the association.
The traditional Memorial Day HLIA weekend meeting (this year Saturday, May 28, 2016) will be held as usual, with the agenda to include:
Lake districts are 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 distict meetings, discuss matters and then vote on those matters make the lake district decisions.
Thanks your help and support!
Horseshoe Lake Public Inland Lake Protection and Rehabilitation District Committee
Links to Lake District information:
Wisconsin Association of Lakes, Lake Association and Lake District Information
UWSP College of Natural Resources, "Forming a Lake District"
Thanks to Keith Wilson for the following ice out information:
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.
Divers and Wannabes,
Before we know it the ice will be gone and the milfoil will be growing. Time to get ready, which means 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 next year.
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.
"Big Fish Report"
Use caution at the boat landing next summer!
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.
$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.
Copyright © 2006 Horseshoe Lake Improvement Association