A northeastern Nebraska wildlife management area has been re-opened to the public after being closed due to a heavy infestation of an invasive plant.
The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission closed Goose Lake Wildlife Management Area, southeast of Chambers in Holt County, in September after a heavy infestation of Eurasian watermilfoil.
Game and Parks took the action after the lake froze over. It is believed there is little risk of spreading the aquatic plant during winter.
Still, those going to Goose Lake are reminded to guard against transporting any plant materials from Goose Lake to other areas.
According to Game and Parks, Eurasian watermilfoil can spread rapidly because a single fragment of stem or leaf can take root and form a new colony, and plants can grow up to two inches per day. The plant can form dense surface mats which interfere with recreational activities such as boating, fishing, and swimming.
Game and Parks says it is developing a plan to eradicate Eurasian watermilfoil from Goose Lake. Eradication has proven successful for a number of lakes in other states.
The Commission reminds all water users to clean, drain, and dry their equipment (boats, trailers, waders, decoys) when they leave any body of water to prevent the spread of invasive species.