Black Otter Lake Kayaking Reflections

Reflections on Black Otter Lakeweedy channel Northeast side of lake

Black Otter Lake is a small weedy lake located in Hortonville, WI. The lake is 70+ acres and has an small island and an upstream shallow area beyond the railroad bridge that can be paddled before it gets too weedy in the summer or after the weeds die back in the fall.

Weed overgrowth is a challenge on the lake during the warm summer months. It’s a fun little lake to paddle if you don’t mind lots of weeds or go early in the spring or late in the fall. The people that live around and manage Black Otter Lake have been trying to do a number of things to control weeds in the lake. This summer they are planning to draw down the water level by 2 1/2 feet in an attempt to get the weeds to die off in the shallows.

Here’s what the lake looks like in April with the normal water level.

weedy channel Northeast side of lake

nearing the railroad bridge - southeast end of lake

shallows west of the railroad bridge

west of the railroad bridge shallow area

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