(Victor Valley)–Restoration and repair work has begun on Horseshoe Lake located at Mojave Narrows Regional Park in Victorville. The lake has historically hosted thousands of anglers and bird watchers annually.
Horseshoe Lake was compromised in a January 2010 storm when massive amounts of rainwater undermined the downstream face of the levee, causing it to breach and the lake water to empty into the Mojave River.
The restoration of the lake and levee will include improvements specifically designed to handle the storm water flows that enter the park. Additionally, sediment will be removed from the lake to restore it to a depth of 8 feet. Restoring the lake to a depth of 8 feet provides the optimal depth for fish habitat.
“Horseshoe Lake is such a beautiful and truly unique setting – a great place to relax with the family,” said First District Supervisor Robert Lovington. “So it’s great news that the lake will soon open again.”
In 2009, nearly 13,000 anglers enjoyed the fishing at the lake, as the County Regional Parks department stocked it weekly throughout the year with trout and catfish. The lake was also home to bluegill, bass and crappie.
Angeles Contractor, Inc. and subcontractor, Tristan Engineering started work the week of February 4, 2013 and anticipated completion mid-July, 2013. There have been minor delays in the project due to inclement weather, but the project remains on schedule.
After a period allowing the sediment to settle, the water will be tested for proper temperature and ph levels before introducing fish into the lake.