Department of Natural Resources
Atchafalaya Basin Bulletin

Greetings from the Department of Natural Resources Atchafalaya Basin Program


DNR Atchafalaya Basin Program announces new primitive camp sites and photo contest


 Progress Photos at the Bayou Sorrell Boat Launch

KATC: Bayou Amy boat launch officially opened
LDWF: Experts search for cold-tolerant weevils
The New Orleans Advocate: Catfish fun to catch and eat
LA Sportsman: New rules for Louisiana's Natural and Scenic Rivers System now in effect
NWI: 'Swamp People' meet the Snow People
Science Direct: ISPRS Journal of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing. Levee crest elevation profiles derived from airborne lidar-based high resolution digital elevation models in south Louisiana
LDWF: 2014 ALAS State Tournament Attracts Record Number of Competitors
The Times Picayune: Louisiana deer harvest up 10 percent over last season
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Soaking up Cajun culture
Bug Guide - Identification, Images, & Information For Insects, Spiders & Their Kin For the United States & Canada
 Save the Date
Friends of Atchafalaya (FOA) Board meeting is planned for 6:30 pm on Tuesday, March 25 at the LA Wildlife Federation Office. Contact FOA at
Atchafalaya Trace Commission will meet Wednesday, March 26, 2014 at 10:00 AM at Capitol Park Welcome Center
Open Fire Cooking - March 29th in St. Martinville
An evening with Jennifer Pharr Davis - 2012 National Geographic Adventurer of the Year - March 29th
Top of the Teche is set for April 5th 
Louisiana wooden boat show coming April 11-13

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Let us know if you have an upcoming event to promote the Basin!

Checking the water:
The information below is obtained from the USGS and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and has been compiled by DNR into this format to allow a quick look at information pertinent to the Atchafalaya Basin. Click here for current weather conditions and water levels.  

Data is for 3/25/2014


Mississippi River at Cairo
Location: Southernmost gauge on the Ohio River in Illinois Reading significance - used to forecast rises on the Mississippi. Lag time, 4 to 6 days.
Flood Stage: 40'
Stage: 25.1'
Forecast: expect to FALL to 21.7' by 3/29

Mississippi River, just south of ORCS, at Red River Landing
Reading: Mississippi River south of ORCS, after the diversion into the Atchafalaya
Flood Stage: 48'
Stage: 36.8'
Forecast: expect to FALL to 36.3' by 3/29

Mississippi River at Baton Rouge
Flood Stage: 35'
Stage: 22.1'
Forecast: expect to FALL to 21.8' by 3/29

Mississippi River at New Orleans
Flood Stage: 17'
Stage: 7.1'
Forecast: expect to FALL to 6.9' by 3/29


Atchafalaya River, just south of ORCS, at Simmesport
Reading: The combined latitudinal flows of the Red, Black, Ouachita, and ORCS flow from the Mississippi
Flood Stage: 47'
Stage: 18.31'
Forecast: expect to RISE to 18.6' by 3/29

Atchafalaya River at Melville
Flood Stage: 41'
Stage: 13.43'
Forecast: expect to RISE to 13.7' by 3/29

Atchafalaya River at Krotz Springs
Flood Stage: 37'
Stage: 11.87'
Forecast: expect to RISE to 12' by 3/29

Atchafalaya River above Butte Larose
Flood Stage: 25'
Stage: 8.99'
Forecast: expect to RISE to 9.1' by 3/29

Atchafalaya River at Bayou Sorrell Locks on the GIWW
Flood Stage: 12'
Stage: 5.5'
Forecast: expect to HOLD at 5.5' by 3/29

Atchafalaya at Millet (Myette) Point
Flood Stage: 15'
Stage: 5.82'
Forecast: expect to FALL at 5.6' by 3/29

Atchafalaya River at Morgan City
Flood Stage: 4'
Stage: 2.93'
Forecast: expect to FALL to 2.6' by 3/29
NOTE: Gauge reading affected by ocean tides.

Murphy Lake near Bayou Sorrel
Stage: 11.04'

Lower Grand River at Bayou Sorrel
Stage: 5.43'

Bayou Courtableau
Stage: 18.47'

Buffalo Cove at Round Island
Stage: 6.92'

Arm of Grand Lake near Crook Chene
Stage: 8.89'

Middle Fork, Bayou Long
Stage: 4.18'

Pontoon Bridge at Butte Larose
Stage: 7.06'

Bayou Darby at Fausse Pt. Cut
Stage: 13.27'

Lake Pelba at I-10, Henderson
Stage: 11.01'


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