An invasive plant has taken over the lake at the Goose Lake Wildlife Management Area, prompting the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission to close the park.
Goose Lake will remain closed until further notice.
Game and Parks reports it had to take the action, because of a heavy infestation of Eurasian watermilfoil, an invasive aquatic plant, at the lake.
The closure will allow Game and Parks to beat back the infestation, but also will limit the damage. Game and Parks reports Eurasian watermilfoil spread rapidly, often growing up to two inches a day. It only takes a single fragment of stem or leaf to take root.
Once established the plant spreads into a dense surface mat that can interfere greatly with boating, fishing, and swimming. Plant fragments can be carry by boats and trailers to other lakes.
Game and Parks says it is developing a plan to eradicate Eurasian watermilfoil from Goose Lake, stating that eradication has been successful for a number of lakes in other states.
Once Game and Parks is assured there no longer is an appreciable risk of transporting the pesky plant elsewhere, the area will reopen.
Game and Parks reminds all water users to clean, drain, and dry their equipment (boats, waders, decoys, etc.) when they leave any body of water to prevent the spread of invasive species.