Goat Island

Aerial view of Goat Island.
Aerial view of Goat Island in the autumn season.

NPS Photo.

Goat Island Management Plan

During the Fall of 2016, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), with the support of the states of Nebraska and South Dakota, agreed to transfer management authority of Goat Island, also known as Jake's Island, to the National Park Service (NPS) to be part of the Missouri National Recreational River.

An interagency planning team is developing a management plan for the island. The team is comprised of representatives from NPS, BLM, the states of Nebraska and South Dakota, and with consultation from Cedar County, NE and Clay County, SD.

The Goat Island Management Plan is on track to be complete by the summer of 2019 and will provide the NPS a framework for decision making to accomplish the purposes and goals of the Missouri National Recreational River. The management plan will recommend how to:
  • Maintain visitor access;
  • Guide resource protection;
  • Determine education and interpretation activities;
  • Establish policy on hunting and other recreational uses; and
  • Incorporate public and stakeholder feedback.
A copy of the Goat Island Management Plan and Environmental Assessment and a description of alternatives are available online for review. A public comment period was made available from March 4 through April 10, 2019.

An open house style public meeting occurred on Wednesday, March 20, 2019 at the W. H. Over Museum 1110 N University Street, Vermillion, SD from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Comments regarding the draft plan were made at the public meeting and through the NPS Planning Environment and Public Comment (PEPC) website: http://parkplanning.nps.gov/goatislandplan.

The Goat Island Management Plan will not prescribe actions on adjacent private, city, or state property or upon areas where there is no direct Federal authority.
 
 

Quarterly Updates

Newsletter for the Goat Island Management Plan and it's transfer of management responsibilities to the National Park Service.

 
An aerial view of Goat Island in the autumn season.

NPS Photo

Last updated: April 22, 2019

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