Goose Lake Wildlife Management Area reopens this weekend, just in time for Memorial Day.
The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission has announced Goose Lake reopens to the public, beginning this Saturday.
Game and Parks closed Goose Lake in northeastern Nebraska’s Holt County to treat the lake for Eurasian watermilfoil. The work on the lake is expected to suppress the growth and spread of the invasive plant.
Plant growth will be monitored throughout the remainder of this spring as well as this summer. The immediate boat ramp area will be treated as needed to keep it clear of all aquatic vegetation. Boaters must inspect their boats, trailers, and equipment to make certain all vegetation is removed before leaving Goose Lake.
Game and Parks reports Eurasian watermilfoil can spread rapidly because a single fragment of stem or leaf can take root and form a new colony. Plants can grow up to 2 inches per day. Once established, the plant can form dense surface mats that can take over native vegetation and interfere with boating, fishing, swimming, and other forms of recreation. Plant fragments can be transported on boats, trailers and other aquatic sporting equipment.
Game and Parks asks for the cooperation of all boaters to clean, drain, and dry their equipment when they leave any body of water in order to prevent the spread of invasive species.