With a max depth of just over 15 feet the fishing is quite shallow compared to other lakes of this size in the Adirondacks. The weedy lake bottom makes for a natural fish habitat. The lake has a shoreline of over 4.5 miles where a large portion can be accessed from roadside and roadside DEC camping spots. At dusk, bullhead angling from the shores of Horseshoe Lake is common.
This is a popular ice fishing destination due to its high population of perch.
Note: Camping permits required for over 3-days.
The lake is known for its panfish and especially perch fishing. Brook trout, walleye and tiger muskie.
From the intersection of Route 30 and Route 3 in Tupper Lake, follow Route 30 toward Long Lake. Watch for County Route 421 on the right and follow here, also known as Horseshoe Lake Road. This road is very rough and will access you to the southern shore first. The paved road then turns into a dirt road as it makes its way up to the western shore where additional roadside access can be had.
Shoreline along the southern and western shore allows for launching of cartop boats and small motorized boats.
A handicap accessible fishing overlook is also available on the shores of Horseshoe Lake.