REND LAKE – Phragmites australis, also known as Common Reed, is a non-native, invasive wetland grass that aggressively outcompetes ecologically important native plants and displaces native animals. Phragmites was introduced along the United States eastern coast in the early 19th century, and today impacts wetland communities across the United States. At Rend Lake, Phragmites has become a severe nuisance along many roadways, ditches, and wetland areas. On Thursday, September 2, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will continue treating Phragmites in numerous areas across Rend Lake. Several public use areas will be closed for the safety of our visitors. This closure will be for Thursday, September 2, 2021 only.
Areas affected on the West side:
- The Shagbark loop in North Sandusky, along with the roadway and bike trail between the Maple and Wood duck loops will be closed.
- All boat ramps and hunter/fisherman parking lots North of highway 154 from Jackie Branch to Ward Branch will be closed.
Areas affected on the East side:
- The shoreline between the North Marcum Day Use area and Gun Creek Recreation area will be inaccessible to the public.
- The bike trail from the North Marcum Boat Ramp to the Franklin Cemetery will be closed.
- The North Marcum Boat Ramp will be closed.
- The North Marcum Archery Complex and Mountain Bike Trails will be closed.
- The north shoreline of Marcum Cove will be inaccessible to the public.
- The following East side lots affected by the closure include: Bonnie Lane, Atchison Creek, Whitetail Ridge, East Palestine, and West Palestine.
Areas affected on the South end:
- All access South of the dam will be closed during this time, including: the bike trail section from Prairie Hill (on the west end of the dam) all the way to Spillway Recreation Area, the dedication lot on the east side of the dam, and River Road
Areas affected on the North end:
- Sections of the shoreline along the Rend Lake State Fish and Wildlife Refuge will also be inaccessible to the public.
This project is possible through a partnership between the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the River to River Cooperative Weed Management Area. This work will increase habitat quality and reduce biological and recreational impacts of invasive plant species. For more information, please contact the Rend Lake Project Office/Visitor Center at (618) 724-2493.