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Select Additional Past Newsletters Now Online - 10/30/22

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Approved 2022-2026 Aquatic Plant Management Plan - 3/3/22

Draft 2022-2026 Aquatic Plant Management Plan - 11/15/21

2021 Eurasian Water Milfoil Information - 5/18/21

Select Additional Past Newsletters Now Online - 2/8/21

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2020 Annual Meeting Minutes Now Online - 2/8/21

Click here for a list of all meeting minutes available online, including the 2020 meeting.

Select Additional Past Newsletters Now Online - 11/14/19

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2019 Annual Meeting Minutes Now Online - 11/14/19

Click here for a list of all meeting minutes available online, including the 2019 meeting.

2019 Eurasian Water Milfoil Information - 11/14/19

2016, 2017, & 2018 Annual Meeting Minutes Now Online - 9/10/18

Click here for a list of all meeting minutes available online, including the 2016, 2017, and 2018 meetings.

Loon Feeding Chick - 9/10/18

Click here for beautiful photos of a Common Loon (Gavia immer), also known as a great northern diver, feeding a chick on Horshoe Lake, © Kris Carlton.

2015 Annual Meeting Minutes Now Online - 9/21/15

Click here for a list of all meeting minutes available online, including the 2015 meeting.

Horseshoe Lake Creel Survey 2014-15 - 9/21/15

Information Sheet
Opernwater Creel Report
Electrofishing (Shock) Report
Estimated Walleye Population Report

2014 Annual Meeting Minutes Now Online - 9/25/14

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Approved Horseshoe Lake Five Year Aquatic Plant Management Plan - 9/25/14

Message from Mr. Edward Wink, Secretary-Treasurer, Horseshoe Lake Property Association, Inc.: "As part of our grant from the Wisconsin DNR we are obligated to develop a plan to manage our aquatic plants for the next five years."

The DNR-approved plan is available in Adobe PDF® format here.

Plan appendices are available in Adobe PDF® format here.

Horseshoe Lake Property Association 2013 Annual Meeting Minutes - 8/23/13

Minutes from the 2013 Horseshoe Lake Property Association annual meeting are now available here. Topics of discussion included Eurasian watermilfoil (EWM) mitigation efforts, funding for lake management, and more. A very special thank you to all stewards of this very special lake.

2011 & 2012 Annual Meeting Minutes, and 2012 Fall Newsletter Now Online - 5/2/13

Click here for a list of all meeting minutes available online.

Click here for the newsletter which includes updates on the Eurasian watermilfoil (EWM) mitigation efforts, and the Association's 501(c)(3) designation.

2011 Horseshoe Lake Property Owners Association Annual Meeting

The 2011 meeting is tentatively planned for the second or third week of July, 2011.

2010 Horseshoe Lake Property Owners Association Annual Meeting / Channel Dredging Project Donations

The 2010 meeting was held on 7/17/2010 and meeting minutes are now available here. During the meeting, a call for the motion to proceed with the channel dredging project was made by the Horseshoe Lake Property Owners Association Board of Directors. The motion was seconded. The motion passed unanimously by voice vote of the members present, and the project is currently underway.

West-side homeowners have assessed each lot a maximum of $350.00 per lot to cover whatever cannot be covered with donations from Horseshoe Lake owners. Donations will be needed in order to provide sufficient funding for the project which is estimated at $13,000.00. Donations can be sent in the form of a check or money order to the Horseshoe Lake Property Owners Association Treasurer, Ed Wink, at 127 14th Avenue NW, New Brighton, MN 55112-7322.

Click here for more information regarding the channel dredging project, including some photos.

Governor to sign slow no wake bill this Friday, July 10th, 2009

Governor Jim Doyle will sign a bill (SB 12) that establishes a statewide slow no wake zone for motorboats within 100 feet of a lake's shoreline at 10 AM this Friday, July 10th at Totogatic County Park. The Governor will also sign a bill designating the Totogatic as a Wild River.

The Wisconsin Association of Lakes has been working to advance a statewide slow-no-wake bill for several years, and would like to thank the Governor, Sen. Robert Jauch and Rep. Gary Sherman for their leadership on this important issue.

The new law establishes a statewide slow-no-wake speed zone extending 100 feet from the shoreline, while balancing different local recreational uses with natural resource needs by enabling extension or reduction of slow no wake zones through local boating ordinances.

Boating too close to shorelines can contribute to shoreline erosion problems, reduce water clarity by stirring up lake bed sediments, release phosphorus-the nutrient responsible for algae blooms-from lake bed sediments, and harm fish habitat when propellers uproot shore land plants.

This bill will not solve the long-term problem of lake water quality, but a reduction in boat speed in the near shore area is a helpful step in the right direction.

The new law will take effect seven months after official publication.

The public is invited to attend the ceremony.

Totogatic County Park is 8 miles west of Minong. From Hwy 53, go west on Hwy 77 to CTH I. Take CTH I to Tota Road. (Click here for map/directions.)

There are signs marking the route. To get the final time and other details, please call 1-715-635-4050 for a recorded message giving up-to-date details.

2009 Lakes Fair Announced!

"Come One, Come All To The Summer Event In The NorthWoods!

We live here or have cabins in the Northwoods, because this is one of the best places on the planet to be. Our lakes, woods and wildlife offer us experiences we could never duplicate in the suburbs.

For the last year lake representatives from Minong Township, who are probably your “up North” friends and neighbors, have been planning an educational event, called a LAKES FAIR. This Lakes Fair is geared toward families, so some very special activities have been planned. Activities of the day will focus on ‘putting in (stewardship)’ and ‘getting out (more enjoyment)’ on our local lakes.

For the young ones - the future stewards of our lakes - there will be activities geared around building a duck nesting box, minnow races, making fish prints, hands-on casting lessons, and learning about the creepy, crawly critters in our lakes.

For the adults, presentations related to Rules on the Water, Invasive Species, Citizen Involvement, Canoe Building / Restoration and a talk from the Lake Doctor will be on the agenda.

Of general interest, there will be interactive talks on Fish, Frogs, Loons and Raptors and photographic displays on the history of our areas lakes. There will also be a demonstration on carving wooden fish lures. Washburn County Lakes and Rivers Association, the only county-wide association committed to preserving our lakes and rivers, will also be represented.

All these activities are scheduled for Saturday, July 25, 2009 from 9am to 3pm. To be held on the grounds of the Minong Town Hall, on Nancy Lake Road (click here for map/directions).

A fabulous pig roast will be served at noon.

We all value and protect our time when we come up north for rest and relaxation. This one-time summer event is an opportunity for your whole family to learn and enjoy all the benefits and responsibilities of living on a lake. So, stewards of Lakes Nancy, Gilmore, Pokegama, Horseshoe, Kimball and the Flowage,

Plan on joining us for the 2009 Lakes Fair."

Information brochure:

Download brochure in Adobe PDF® format

2009 Horseshoe Lake Property Owners Association Annual Meeting Announced!

The 2009 annual meeting will be held on Sunday, June 7th, 2009 at the Minong Town Hall on Nancy Lake Road (click here for map/directions).

Business Meeting - 9:00am - Noon

The association will provide coffee & donuts. No alcohol or smoking is allowed in the Town Hall. Annual dues are $10.00, please pay your dues at the meeting or send them to the treasurer. Dues allow us to help with improvements needed to the lake and host the annual meeting. The annual meeting is for all property owners on Horseshoe Lake.

2005 Annual Meeting Minutes Now Online - 7/21/06

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Updated Content! - 7/19/06

Check out the updated images section for new postcard images along with a couple of photos submitted by a homeowner. Also, if you want to learn more about the lake ecology, you will want to read this post regarding the DNR's reply to a homeowner's questions about the management of Horseshoe Lake.

An answer to the infamous question! - 8/11/03

On 7/2/01 I posed the question "will Camp Horseshoe for boys ever reopen?"  Well, it seems that the answer to that question is an exciting "yes, but not in the location it originally stood".  Fran and Jordan Shiner are opening a camp with the same name, built in the same image as the original, but located in Rhinelander, WI (about 125 miles ESE of Minong) rather than on the now residentially developed Northern shores of Little Horseshoe.  Pop on over to and/or read about this exciting topic at our forum to learn more!  Who knows, perhaps we will be able to hear the laughter of the boys and the sound of the siren all the way from Rhinelander...

Summer Is Coming...(although I notice that the temp. is 28 deg. F in Hayward as I type this, brrr!) - 4/25/02

The fish house in the ULHC of the page is back in anticipation of a fun-filled summer. (By the way have you ever noticed that the colors, images and some text on this site change based on the current hour of the day at Horseshoe Lake? Visit again later today to see what we mean. The colors used on the site are designed to mesh with the fish house photo to the upper-right (if you can't see it that should be because it is night, hence dark). View the entire day in the life of a fish house here...)

I have been collecting a miriad of neat postcards related to Minong that I hope to post soon as well, please stay tuned...

The Camp Horseshoe Forum has some interesting posts available for your reading pleasure - including a recent one regarding an ex-camper's desire to open a camp in kind with the late, great Camp Horseshoe for Boys.

Sad News... - 8/2/01

We have just learned that we have lost one of the lake's most beloved and respected residents. George Becherer passed away this week. A wake was held for Mr. Becherer on the afternoon of Thursday, August 2nd, 2001. Our best wishes go out to his wife, children, friends (no doubt each and every resident of Minong), and family.

Happy Fourth O' July! - 7/4/01

Welcome! - 7/2/01 12:15 AM

Welcome to the website Ver. 0.9. This is Brent Burval typing from my grandfather's cabin on the lake here in Minong, WI. I am one of potentially many's webmasters that will be working on this site. This is a work in progress and I hope you will all contribute in any way that you can. We welcome any comments, email us.

Our goal is to make this page fun and dynamic for all. Please take the time to look at some of the features.

  • Local News - here is where you come in. We need news from you: how many loons are around, is the fishing good, did someone pull the plug out of the bottom of the lake causing it to drain completely, will Camp Horseshoe for boys ever reopen, how many .22 holes are there in the "Horseshoe Lake" sign, is the lake's name really being changed to "Water Site 22",..., etc? We will post any interesting news regularly. Email us with your news! 

  • General News Feeds - on the right side of the homepage you should see Top Headlines, etc. These refresh throughout the day. (Click your reload or refresh button if you are having trouble seeing new headlines). Minnesota residents will want to take special note of the Minneapolis/St. Paul headlines.

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Horseshoe Lake gets a domain name?!? - 10/17/00

Scary but true. was registered today. I figured if I am going to do this I might as well do it right. - Brent


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