This is to inform you of a recent rule change affecting access to Lake Cherokee through the Cherokee Water Company’s boat ramps and also private boat ramps on shareholder’s lots.
After considering the continuing, and mostly uncontrolled spread, of Giant Salvinia in lakes throughout East Texas and West Louisiana, the CWC Board re-examined the wisdom in permitting any uncontrolled and unmonitored access points to Lake Cherokee through which invasive water plants could enter the lake. The main concern is that, in the last few years, a very destructive invasive plant called Giant Salvinia has spread to lakes throughout this area. Texas Parks and Wildlife calls it the most dangerous aquatic invasive species. Giant Salvinia can be spread from a single cutting and this plant has the ability to double its mass each week. The problem is, as of today, there is no effective means to control the spread of the plant once it gains access to the lake’s waters. Therefore, prevention is key.
Following its review of Texas Parks and Wildlife publications and consultations with CWC administrators, the Board has adopted a rule change to make Lake Cherokee a controlled access lake. These new rules were adopted by the Board in the March 15, 2018 meeting and are available at the lake office, NK 20, in the Cherokee Chatter and on the CWC website (www.cherokeewatercompany.com). Please review these sites for a complete version of the rule.
In sum, the changes are:
- An inspection of all watercraft entering the lake will be performed, by appointment, by a CWC authorized officer.
- All CWC owned boat ramps will be closed and locked.
- Use of, or permitting others to use, a personal boat ramp located on shareholder’s lot is prohibited.
For violation of these rules or being in possession of Giant Salvinia on CWC property will result in a $1,000.00 fine.
Thank you for your cooperation and continued efforts to protect Lake Cherokee from this very damaging plant. The Board and management consider this effort to be of the highest priority. If you have questions, please feel free to contact the lake office during regular business hours.