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Summer 2016 HLIA Schedule
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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 Spring Meeting Saturday, May 28, 2016. 9:30 a.m., Beaver Town Hall.

Link to September 5, 2015 Meeting Minutes.


4 ft. X 10 ft. wooden dock section. Send email to HLIA to claim.

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 (decision: August 20th); 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:
  • Final update on the close out of our current 5 year Control Grant and, hopefully, information on the 2016 Planning Grant we applied for. Unfortunately, grant funds for chemical control applications for invasive species (hybrid milfoil) will no longer be available.
  • 2016 Expenses and lake district update, which will NOT include any lake district matters that need to be voted upon. All lake district matters will be covered during the first "Horseshoe Lake Public Inland Lake Protection and Rehabilitation District" Annual Meeting to be conducted by the Commissioners of the Initial Board on August 20, 2016. Written Notice of this lake district meeting will be sent to lake district members as required by Wisconsin statute at least 14 days before the August 20, 2016 meeting, and the notification will also be posted in the local newspaper. This notification will include details concerning:
       - Elections of new lake district Commissioners/Board Members (lake district members can nominate themselves).
       - Proposed budget and projects.
       - Adoption of lake district bylaws.
Important: Please help us make certain that the mailing address we have in the lake district database for you is current. If any of your contact information has changed since last year, email HLIA (email link on this page) with your new information.

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"

Milfoil News

A small area of Horseshoe Lake will be treated May 24, 2016.   Link to treatment map. The plans for further treatment during the summer of 2016 will be discussed at the May 28, 2016 spring meeting.

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.

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.

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

Use caution at the boat landing this 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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