Horseshoe Lake is a small, shallow Opening Day lake located south of Port Orchard. Horseshoe Lake, as its name implies, is shaped like a horse’s shoe; it features a mostly rock bottom, with spring-fed waters that remain clean and crystal clear all year-round. Situated in the heart of the Burley Creek watershed, the lake has a surface area of 40 acres and an average depth of 12 feet. Relaxing activities such as swimming,boating, golfing, horseback riding and fishing are well suited to the tranquil atmosphere so unique to Horseshoe Lake.
For such a small body of water, anglers catch an impressive variety of fish, including rainbow trout, black crappie, large-mouth bass, pumpkin-seed sunfish, catfish, yellow perch, and bluegill. Trout are predominant during the first few weeks of spring. The lake has a good public access through the Fish & Wildlife boat launch and along shoreline at the county park.
There is a good plant of Rainbow Trout in April for an early spring fishery and shifts to a pan-fish fishery in June. It has a large roped-off swimming area, wooded walking trails, picnic areas with BBQ equipment, playgrounds, ball field, restrooms and Life Jacket kiosk. Ball field and picnic areas are non-scheduled. Horseshoe Lake County Park offers 39 acres of public grounds to enjoy.