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Horseshoe Lake

Alexander County - Illinois
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Horseshoe Lake is located in Alexander County at the Horseshoe Lake State Fish & Wildlife Area just south of Olive Branch, IL.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Horseshoe Lake, IL


How big is Horseshoe Lake?
Horseshoe Lake is approximately 1,890 sq acres (7.6 sq km) in size.

How deep is Horseshoe Lake?
Horseshoe Lake is approximately 56 feet (17.1 m) at its deepest point.

What kind of fish can you catch in Horseshoe Lake?
Although thery may be others but anglers can expect to find a variety of fish including Bluegill, Bowfin, Channel Catfish and Largemouth Bass in Horseshoe Lake.

Other fish species in the lake include Crappie.



What are the closest cities to Horseshoe Lake?
Nearby cities and towns include Olive Branch, IL, Thebes, IL and Tamms, IL.

Are there places to stay in the Horseshoe Lake area?
Are you craving a weekend escape from the hustle and bustle of city life? Or maybe you're an avid angler in search of the perfect fishing spot? Look no further! Horseshoe Lake and its surrounding area offer an abundance of options to suit your needs. If you're in need of accommodation, check out our area map which highlights some of the best places to stay. And if you're looking for even more options, head on over to our Travel section. But why settle for a traditional hotel or resort when you can take your adventure to the next level by renting a RV? The open road awaits you!
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Are there topographical lake maps available Horseshoe Lake?
We have an topograpical map for online viewing near the top of this page. Lake-Link Pro users can download an print a topograpical map of Horseshoe Lake (.pdf format) along with 2,700 more lake maps. For more information on all the benefits of Lake-Link Pro click here.

Are there places to eat and drink near Horseshoe Lake?
Yes, you can find numerous options in the area. Click the button below to see what's nearby.

What is the fishing outlook for Horseshoe Lake?
What does the future look like for Horseshoe Lake? We have some insignt on what to expect for a number of fish species in Horseshoe Lake.

Explore the Horseshoe Lake area in a RV
Are you looking for an adventurous vacation option that won't break the bank? Look no further than renting an RV! Contrary to popular belief, the process is much simpler than you might imagine. With just a few easy steps, you'll soon be experiencing the ultimate freedom and convenience of exploring the open road in your very own recreational vehicle. And the best part? RV travel can save you up to 60% compared to other types of vacations! With the money you'll save, you'll be able to travel even more and create unforgettable memories along the way. So why wait? Start planning your next adventure today with an RV rental. Learn more about renting a RV.

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History & Status of the Fishery
The recreational fishery in Horseshoe Lake has been severely degraded due to environmental and biological factors associated with increased frequency and severity of flooding in recent decades. Of particular note is the decline in the Bluegill fishery, which used to be one of the best in the state. Fortunately, the lake still harbors good fishing opportunities for crappie and catfish. Non-traditional anglers will also find great opportunities to target Gar and Bowfin.

Biennial fisheries surveys on the lake are conducted by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. During survey years, an electrofishing survey and trap net survey are conducted.

Controling Authority
Horseshoe Lake State Fish & Wildlife Area
618-776-5689
IDNR Fisheries Biologist, Nick Abell
618-967-0952

What is the average air temp for Horseshoe Lake?
Looking forward to your next adventure at Horseshoe Lake? Don't forget to plan ahead! Weather can be unpredictable, but we've got you covered. On average, air temperatures during this time of year range from a high around 90°F (32°C) to a low around 69°F (21°C). Of course, these are just historical averages, so be prepared for anything Mother Nature throws your way. For the most up-to-date weather information, be sure to check out our Weather Bar located at the top of this page.

Are there any state parks near Horseshoe Lake?
Enjoy more of the outdoors with a visit to an area state park. There are 3 state parks in the vacinity of Horseshoe Lake.

For more Illinois State Park information see our State Park Guide.

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