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Shoe Lake News
Darren Kuhn has collected many stories in his career as a recreation safety warden, along with a strong desire for people to stay safe while having fun. Kuhn, who works for the state Department of Natural Resources, recently spoke to the Manitowoc County Lakes Association during a meeting in Manitowoc.
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.
About Shoe Lake
- Condition: Good read more
- Features: Port-a-pier and boat ramp. 105 feet of frontage with parking for 15 car/trailer units. A picturesque lake with very little shoreline development. Perfect place for rowboating and canoeing. No restrooms, no lighting, no potable water.
- Boat Ramp: Metal grate, 9% slope, >3 ft launch depth, boarding dock.
- Launch Fee: The daily fee is $5 and the seasonal fee is $20.
- ADA Accessibility Features: No. Not ADA accessible. The transition to the boarding dock is not ADA accessible (May/2015).
- Restrictions: Electric motors only. Regulated by Town of Schleswig. Wisconsin boating handbook
- Manitowoc County Map and Photos:
- Surface Area: 9 acres
- Depth: Max: 34′, Mean 22′
- Bottom: 0% sand, 25% gravel, 0% rock, 75% muck
- Shorelength: 0.6 miles
- Lake Type: Seepage
- Lat/Long: 43° 56′ 43.12″ N / 87″ 59′ 12.59″W
Aquatic Invasive Species Threats
- Fish present: Bluegill, largemouth bass, black crappie abound. Perch present.
- View Shoe Lake fishing regulations on DNR website
- Open All Year
- Panfish: Daily bag limit 25. No min length.
- Catfish: Daily bag limit 10. No min length.
- Open 5/4/2019-3/1/2020:
- Largemouth/smallmouth bass: 14″ Limit 5.
- Northern Pike: 26″ Limit 2.
- Walleye: 15″ Limit 5.
- Motor Trolling is allowed with up to 3 hooks, baits, or lures, per angler.
- Familiarize yourself with Wisconsin fishing:
WDNR Hook & Line Guide
- Consumption Advisory: General Manitowoc County/Mercury. Click here.
Stocking and DNR Surveys
|Summary of DNR Species Sampling (1995-2007-2018)|
|Number caught 2018||
|Largemouth Bass||138||42||5||6.3-16″ (ave. 11.9″)|
|Black Crappie||12||4||51||6-8.1″ (ave. 6.7″)|
|Bluegill||41||20||14||2.8-5.3″ (ave. 6.7″)|
|Yellow Perch||7||3||25||4.6-6.8″ (ave. 5.5″)|
|Yellow Bullhead||1||5||4.6-10.7″ (ave. 8.1″)|
DNR Conclusions from 2018 Survey
- Largemouth Bass numbers are down substantially. Many missing year classes indicate many years of poor recruitment.
- Bluegill numbers are down.
- Black Crappie and Yellow Perch have increased in number. Both are more tolerant to low dissolved oxygen.
- Poor recruitment of Largemouth Bass and other fish may be due to high exploitation of a fishery limited by a small littoral zone or more likely from episodes of poor water quality.
- Stocking may be required to restore the fish populations.
No record of DNR Fish Stocking
Condition: GOOD (2018) Source
- 5-Year Average Trophic State: Unknown/Mesotrophic
- Secchi Disk: Average summer reading 8.33 ft. (SE Georegion average 7.4 ft.)
Typically, the summer water was reported as CLEAR and BROWN.
Average summer Chlorophyll 3.9 µg/l (SE Georegion average 31.6 µg/l)
Average summer Total Phosphorous 17.9 µg/l.
Lakes that have more than 20 µg/l total phosphorus may experience noticeable algae blooms.
- Trophic State Index (TSI): 45/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.