Fish and Aquatic Life
Horseshoe Lake, in the Beaver Brook Watershed, is a 398.08 acre lake that falls in Barron and Polk Counties. This lake is managed for fishing and swimming and is currently considered impaired.
Author Ashley Beranek
Wisconsin's Water Quality Standards provide qualitative and quantitative goals for waters that are protective of Fishable, Swimmable conditions [Learn more]. Waters that do not meet water quality standards are considered impaired and restoration actions are planned and carried out until the water is once again fishable and swimmable
Management goals can include creation or implementation of a Total Maximum Daily Load analysis, a Nine Key Element Plan, or other restoration work, education and outreach and more. If specific recommendations exist for this water, they will be displayed below online.
Monitoring the condition of a river, stream, or lake includes gathering physical, chemical, biological, and habitat data. Comprehensive studies often gather all these parameters in great detail, while lighter assessment events will involve sampling physical, chemical and biological data such as macroinvertebrates. Aquatic macroinvertebrates and fish communities integrate watershed or catchment condition, providing great insight into overall ecosystem health. Chemical and habitat parameters tell researchers more about human induced problems including contaminated runoff, point source dischargers, or habitat issues that foster or limit the potential of aquatic communities to thrive in a given area. Wisconsin's Water Monitoring Strategy was recenty updated.
Grants and Management Projects
|WBIC||Official Waterbody Name||Station ID||Station Name||Earliest Fieldwork Date||Latest Fieldwork Date||View Station||View Data|
|2630100||Horseshoe Lake||10047789||Horseshoe Lake 2016 Reference Mark 1 (RM1)||7/1/2021||9/23/2021||Map||Data|
|2630100||Horseshoe Lake||10047788||Horseshoe Lake - 2016 Staff Gage||6/1/2016||7/1/2021||Map||Data|
|2630100||Horseshoe Lake||10044839||Horseshoe Lake - SW Shore||4/25/2016||8/11/2016||Map||Data|
|2630100||Horseshoe Lake||033176||Horseshoe Lake - Deep Hole||Map||Data|
|2630100||Horseshoe Lake||10044838||Horseshoe Lake - Greatwood Ln||4/25/2016||8/11/2016||Map||Data|
|2630100||Horseshoe Lake||10033960||Horseshoe Lake - Buckwald Bay||7/5/2013||8/15/2017||Map||Data|
|2630100||Horseshoe Lake||10018526||Horseshoe Lake -- Access Off Cth T||6/18/2005||7/25/2022||Map||Data|
|2630100||Horseshoe Lake||10033958||Horseshoe Lake - West Bay ||7/5/2013||10/11/2020||Map||Data|
|2630100||Horseshoe Lake||10047790||Horseshoe Lake 2016 Reference Mark 2 (RM2)||Map||Data|
|2630100||Horseshoe Lake||10000830||Horseshoe Lake||9/5/2000||8/19/2017||Map||Data|
|2630100||Horseshoe Lake||10043979||Horseshoe Lake - Staff Gage||8/16/2015||7/1/2021||Map||Data|
|2630100||Horseshoe Lake||10033959||Horseshoe Lake - Mid Lake||7/5/2013||10/11/2020||Map||Data|
|2630100||Horseshoe Lake||493139||Horseshoe Lake - Deep Hole||6/1/1995||8/8/2022||Map||Data|
|2630100||Horseshoe Lake||10044837||Horseshoe Lake - N Shore||4/25/2016||4/25/2016||Map||Data|
|2630100||Horseshoe Lake||10047791||Horseshoe Lake 2016 Reference Mark 3 (RM3)||Map||Data|
Horseshoe Lake is located in the Beaver Brook watershed which is 64.82 mi². Land use in the watershed is primarily forest (31.80%), agricultural (24.70%) and a mix of grassland (19%) and other uses (24.40%). This watershed has 75.34 stream miles, 1,801.18 lake acres and 5,965.27 wetland acres.
Nonpoint Source Characteristics
This watershed is ranked High for runoff impacts on streams, Medium for runoff impacts on lakes and Medium for runoff impacts on groundwater and therefore has an overall rank of Medium. This value can be used in ranking the watershed or individual waterbodies for grant funding under state and county programs.However, all waters are affected by diffuse pollutant sources regardless of initial water quality. Applications for specific runoff projects under state or county grant programs may be pursued. For more information, go to surface water program grants.