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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

    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: Seepage. Two-story lake.
    • 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
    2014 RAINBOW TROUT ERWIN LARGE FINGERLING 2,198 6.30
    2013 RAINBOW TROUT ERWIN LARGE FINGERLING 2,200 6.50
    2012 RAINBOW TROUT ERWIN LARGE FINGERLING 2,200 6.30
    2011 RAINBOW TROUT ERWIN LARGE FINGERLING 1,980 5.90
    2010 RAINBOW TROUT ERWIN LARGE FINGERLING 2,200 6.30

    view more history

     


    Condition: FAIR (2019) Source

    • 5-Year Average Trophic State: 49/Mesotrophic
    • Secchi Disk: Average summer reading 7 ft. (SE Georegion average 7.1 ft.)
      a data graph showing relatively stable water clarity readings in the single digits since 1995
    • Chemistry:
      Average summer Chlorophyll 4.24 µg/l (SE Georegion average 32.8 µg/l).
      Average summer Total Phosphorus 15.2 µg/l.
      Lakes that have more than 20 µg/l and impoundments that have more than 30 µg/l of total phosphorus may experience noticeable algae blooms.
    • Trophic State Index (TSI): 46/Mesotrophic. What does this mean?
      Mesotrophic lakes contain moderate amounts of nutrients, and contain healthy, diverse populations of aquatic plants, algae, and fish. Occasional algae blooms may occur. If the lake is deep enough to stratify, the hypolimnion often becomes low in oxygen by the end of summer, and may result in some phosphorus release from the sediments. Mesotrophic lakes are characterized by moderately clear water, but have an increasing chance of low dissolved oxygen in deep water during the summer.


    View TSI data graph on the DNR website

     

    Based on Wisconsin DNR data from 6 readings taken on different days in April-Sept 2015.


    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 23, 2020 — 1:39 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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