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




Teche Today: Top of the Teche still open for registration
Houma Today: New book details importance of Atchafalaya
Teche Today: St. Martin fishermen file suit over road in the Atchafalaya Basin
Daily Comet: Though unlikely, landslide in Gulf could cause 15-foot tsunami along La. coast
The Advocate: Macaluso: Late thaw giving Basin anglers time
The Daily Iberian: Dragon Boat race paddlers practice
St. Mary Now: Cypress Sawmill Festival begins Friday
Louisiana Wildlife Federation: 50th Annual Governor's Conservation Achievement Recognition Banquet 
Dredging Today: U.S. Government to Bear Costs of Atchafalaya Channel Dredging Accident
 Save the Date

LWF Commission Meeting scheduled for April 3rd

Les Coudre Points (Quilting) in Arnaudville on April 3rd

Top of the Teche is set for April 5th

Cypress Sawmill Festival in Patterson on April 5-7

Cajun Classique - a five day wooden boat cruise down Bayou Teche, April 7th to 11th 2014
Bayou Teche Black Bear Festival in Franklin on April 11-13
 Conversations around the Coffee Pot on Aptil 12 at St. Martinville
Vermilionville: Les Mains Guidées - Indian Lore on April 15
Pack & Paddle: Paddle at Two O'clock Bayou on  April 19
Pack & Paddle: 'Pre-Festival' Evening Paddle at Lake Martin on April 23

Send in your Basin Pics!

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 4/3/2014


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: 22.5'
Forecast: expect to RISE to 29.8' by 4/7

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 35.6' by 4/7

Mississippi River at Baton Rouge
Flood Stage: 35'
Stage: 21.9'
Forecast: expect to FALL to 21.1' by 4/7

Mississippi River at New Orleans
Flood Stage: 17'
Stage: 7.0'
Forecast: expect to FALL to 6.5' by 4/7


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: 17.4'
Forecast: expect to FALL to 16.8' by 4/7

Atchafalaya River at Melville
Flood Stage: 41'
Stage: 12.54'
Forecast: expect to FALL to 12.1' by 4/7

Atchafalaya River at Krotz Springs
Flood Stage: 37'
Stage: 11.14'
Forecast: expect to FALL to 10.6' by 4/7

Atchafalaya River above Butte Larose
Flood Stage: 25'
Stage: 8.57'
Forecast: expect to FALL to 8.1' by 4/7

Atchafalaya River at Bayou Sorrell Locks on the GIWW
Flood Stage: 12'
Stage: 5.5'
Forecast: expect to FALL at 5.1' by 4/7

Atchafalaya at Millet (Myette) Point
Flood Stage: 15'
Stage: 5.64'
Forecast: expect to FALL at 5.3' by 4/7

Atchafalaya River at Morgan City
Flood Stage: 4'
Stage: 3.01'
Forecast: expect to FALL to 2.8' by 4/7
NOTE: Gauge reading affected by ocean tides.

Murphy Lake near Bayou Sorrel
Stage: 10.95'

Lower Grand River at Bayou Sorrel
Stage: 5.76'

Bayou Courtableau
Stage: 18.74'

Buffalo Cove at Round Island
Stage: 6.79'

Arm of Grand Lake near Crook Chene
Stage: 8.81'

Middle Fork, Bayou Long
Stage: 4.14'

Pontoon Bridge at Butte Larose
Stage: 7.12'

Bayou Darby at Fausse Pt. Cut
Stage: 13.21'

Lake Pelba at I-10, Henderson
Stage: 11.14'


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