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Horseshoe Lake Improvement Association [exit DNR]

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Horseshoe Lake
Polk, Barron County, 398 Acres

Water Quality

One measure of a lakes health is the trophic state, which relates to the amount of algae in the water. The average summer trophic state for the last 5 years was 58 (Eutrophic) and was determined using chlorophyll data. For a Deep Seepage lake, this is considered Fair. Deep Seepage lakes stratify, or form separate layers of water, during the summer months and have no inlet or outlet.

Horseshoe Lake has been monitored by volunteers since 1995. Volunteers monitor water clarity with a black and white Secchi disk. Some also collect water samples, which are sent to the State Lab of Hygiene to be analyzed. Volunteers are the source of the majority of Wisconsin's lake water quality data, and their dedication is greatly appreciated. Additional monitoring has been done through projects funded in part by DNR Lake Grants and Aquatic Invasive Species Grants. Reports and graphs featuring data collected by volunteers, DNR staff and others can be viewed below.

Water Quality Reports and Graphs

Station NameStation IDMapMax YearReports
Horseshoe Lake - Buckwald Bay10033960Map2017Details
Horseshoe Lake - Deep Hole493139Map2022Details
Horseshoe Lake - Greatwood Ln10044838Map2016Details
Horseshoe Lake - Mid Lake10033959Map2020Details
Horseshoe Lake - N Shore10044837Map2016Details
Horseshoe Lake - SW Shore10044839Map2016Details
Horseshoe Lake - West Bay 10033958Map2020Details