Horseshoe Lake

horseshoe-lake-mapHorseshoe Lake is a very popular summer destination lake for both cottagers and year round residents, given the close proximity of the lake to Highway 35 and the town of Minden. Horseshoe Lake can be found via Horseshoe Lake Road (County Road 20). Staying directly on Horseshoe Lake Road will provide you access to the western shores of the lake. By turning onto Bethel Road and following it to Duck Lake Road, you will find access to eastern shores as well as the causeway, which leads out to prestigious Shuyler’s Island. To access the northern part of the lake simply follow Horseshoe Lake Road to Reynolds Road.

Lake Information:

Location: 7km north of Minden
Elevation: 301 m (1002 ft)
Surface Area: 258 ha (637 ac)
Mean Depth: 7.8 m (26 ft)
Max Depth 22.5 m ( 75 ft)
Longitude: 78° 40’ 00”
Latitude: 44° 59’ 00

Boat Ramp & Public Beach

There is a public boat launch near the southern tip of the lake, located off of Curtiss Drive, which can be reached from Bethel Road.

Almost directly across from the boat launch there is a public beach, which is accessible right from Horseshoe Lake Road.

Golfing:

Like to spend some time hitting the links? The Blairhampton Golf Club, a premier 18 hole golf course, is conveniently located to Horseshoe Lake on Duck Lake Road. It is a beautiful course, with varied terrain and offers a fully licensed club house.

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Minden White Water Preserve

At the southern most tip of Horseshoe Lake (right where Bethel Road meets Horseshoe Lake Road) you will find a dam leading into the Gull River. This 800 meter stretch of Class II to IV rapids has been the Canadian stop on the World Cup Slalom Tour and you will see many kayakers on it throughout the season. The Minden Wild Water Preserve will be the site for the Pan Am Games white water events in 2015.

Fishing:

Anglers can expect to find rainbow trout, as Horseshoe Lake has been stock in recent years. Lake trout and splake were stocked periodically in the 1980s as well. Smallmouth and largemouth bass are also fished for in this lake, with great success over in the shallow weedy section of the northeast corner.

Snowmobiling:

Horseshoe Lake is conveniently located to the groomed trail system running through Haliburton County. Trail 4 runs on the western side of Horseshoe Lake and if taken North runs directly into the main B trail. If the 4 trail is taken south, you will meet the B112 trail in Minden.

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