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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 September 5, 2015 Meeting Minutes.

Lake District Update

The Lake District Petition had 234 petition signatures, 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; 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 Lake District is necessary to keep up the lake stewardship after our current DNR grants expire and is an opportunity for both full-time lake residents and non-resident lake property owners to have a say in the future of our lake with an equal vote!

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"

Missing Kennedy Paddle Boat

A Kennedy paddle boat is missing. The rising lake level in the fall may have caused it to float away. Please email HLIA or call 952-240-6632 if you spot it.

Milfoil News

Approximately 6 acres of Horseshoe Lake were treated during the summer of 2015.   Link to Pretreatment and Posttreatment survey maps.  (The survey map has two pages, pre and post. Scroll to view each.   Prior to treatment, property owners adjacent to the treatment areas received 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 Pam's email address is

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 for the next boating season, please email Jack Sullivan. Go here for more 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.

SNUBA News   

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.
   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.

"Big Fish Report"
Here's proof that there's some great fishing in Horseshoe Lake:
Big Fish!

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.

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