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Horseshoe Lake, April 2015
by Ken & Karen Schuler, TrawlersMidwest.com
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Click on the maps to enlarge. Bathymetric Map Courtesy of and Copyright Sportsman’s Connection, based on Wisconsin DNR data. Watershed map courtesy of Manitowoc County Soil and Water Conservation Department. New! Zoom in even closer with this new interactive watershed mapping tool.  

MCLA Lake Director: Robert Christian

Location/Directions:  County Highway XX. Take Highway 42 South from Manitowoc, West on County Highway XX approximately 3 miles. Driveway to the South.


About Horseshoe Lake

Lake Health

  • 2021 Condition: Fair/Becoming Eutrophic read more

Recreation

  • Features: Manitowoc County maintains an 8.5 acres park at Horseshoe Lake. An attractive picnic area with grills, tables and playground equipment has been developed on the hillside northwest of the parking lot. A picnic area with a grill and a small shelter and toilet are located near the parking lot on the lower level. The lake access has a pier, which is used for both launching and fishing. No lighting, no potable water.
  • Restrictions: Electric motors only. Slow-No-Wake Areas. See posted. Wisconsin boating handbook
  • Boat Ramp: Concrete ramp, 11% slope, >3 ft launch depth, boarding dock.
  • Launch Fee: The daily fee is $5 and the seasonal fee is $20.
  • ADA Accessibility Features: Yes. The boarding dock, and the route of travel to it, is ADA accessible.
  • Manitowoc County Map and Photos:
    http://www.co.manitowoc.wi.us/departments/parks/county-parks/horse-shoe-lake/

Statistics

  • Surface Area: 22 acres
  • Depth: Max 54′, Mean 25′
  • Bottom: 0% sand, 5% gravel, 0% rock, 95% muck
  • Shorelength: 1.2 mi
  • Type of Lake: Deep seepage. Two-story lake. What does this mean?
  • Lat/Long: 43.93071890, -87.89153320


Aquatic Invasive Species Threats


Fishing

  • Fish present: Rainbow trout, largemouth bass, and bluegill common. Northern pike and walleye present. Other panfish present.

Regulations

Stocking and DNR Surveys

DNR Fish Stocking Data
Year Species Strain Age Class Number Stocked Average Length (inches)
2019 RAINBOW TROUT ERWIN LARGE FINGERLING 2,200 6.60
2017 RAINBOW TROUT ERWIN LARGE FINGERLING 2,200 5.80
2016 RAINBOW TROUT ERWIN LARGE FINGERLING 3,006 5.90
2015 RAINBOW TROUT ERWIN LARGE FINGERLING 2,933 6.00

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Condition: FAIR (2021) Source

  • 5-Year Average Trophic State: 50/becoming Eutrophic
  • Secchi Disk: Average summer reading 5 ft. (SE Georegion average 7.1 ft.)
    Typically the summer (July-Aug) water was reported as MURKY and GREEN. This suggests that the secchi depth may be mostly impacted by algae.

    a data graph showing relatively stable water clarity readings in the single digits since 1995
  • Chemistry:
    Average summer Chlorophyll 14.1 µg/l (SE Georegion average 20.9 µg/l).
    Average summer Total Phosphorus 36.2 µg/l.
    May experience noticeable algae blooms.
  • Trophic State Index (TSI): 55/Eutrophic. What does this mean? Lakes becoming eutrophic: decreased clarity, fewer algal species, oxygen-depleted bottom waters during the summer, plant overgrowth evident, warm-water fisheries (pike, perch, bass, etc.) only.


View TSI data graph on the DNR website


Click on the maps to enlarge. Bathymetric Map Courtesy of and Copyright Sportsman’s Connection, based on Wisconsin DNR data. Watershed map courtesy of Manitowoc County Soil and Water Conservation Department. New! Zoom in even closer with this new interactive watershed mapping tool.  
Updated: March 21, 2022 — 2:21 pm

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  1. Are launch fees required for Manitowoc Lakes for kayaks? Sheboygan County doesn’t require fees for kayaks, canoes, or paddle boards, but I can’t seem to find a definitive answer for Manitowoc lakes.

    1. Sorry for the delay. We don’t want to give misinformation. We’ll email you!

    2. Boat launch fees in Manitowoc County go directly back into the launch facilities. The suggested fee is $5 per day or $20 per season. Although there is no policing, if you enjoy using the lakes, your donation is welcome! Donations help the county provide supplies to reduce the spread of invasives and make recreational use of the lakes a great experience for everyone!

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