A north-central Nebraska wildlife management area has been closed after an infestation of the invasive aquatic plant Eurasian watermilfoil.
The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission has closed Goose Lake Wildlife Management Area, located southeast of Chambers in southern Holt County.
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. The plants can grow up to 2 inches per day. The plant spreads into a dense mat on the surface of the water, making it difficult to boat, fish, or swim.
Also, plant fragments can be transported on boats and trailers.
Game and Parks plans to use a chemical treatment at Goose Lake which has proven successful in eradicating Eurasian watermilfoil in other lakes. The area will re-open once the threat to transporting plant fragments has been reduced to an acceptable level.
Game and Parks advises all water users to clean, drain, and dry their equipment – such as boats, trailers, waders and decoys – when they leave any body of water to prevent the spread of invasive species.