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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



The Advocate: Weeklong event celebrates Cajun, Creole culture
LDWF: L.W.F.C. Approves Hunting Seasons, Hunting Regulations, Turkey Hunting Seasons, Turkey Hunting Regulations and W.M.A. Rules for Upcoming Seasons
The Advocate: Lafayette to offer 'late-entry' French immersion program 
The Daily Iberian: Hawg Fight season gets underway this Wednesday
The Advocate: Plague of pigs 
LA Sportsman: Atchafalaya Basin bass action slowing down post-spawn
The Nature Conservancy: The Atchafalaya River Basin: The Future of Nature?
The Advocate: Wooden boats to ply the Teche during Cajun Classique 
The Daily Iberian: 'Gourding on the Bayou' displays talents 
The Advertiser: Atchafalaya Voices: Celebrating 'Le Petit Bon Homme Janvier' 
Acadiana Table: Cajun or Creole - What's the Difference? 
Dredging News Online: FY14 IDIQ Dredging, Atchafalaya Basin, GIWW, and Misc Projects 
 Save the Date

15th Annual Dewey Balfa Cajun and Creole Heritage Week April 5-10

Cajun Classique - a five day wooden boat cruise down Bayou Teche, April 7th to 11th
Bayou Teche Black Bear Festival in Franklin on April 11-13

Conversations around the Coffee Pot on Aptil 12 at St. Martinville

Corridor des Arts Spring Open Studio Tour on April 12th and 13th in Sunset, Grand Coteau, Arnaudville and Cecilia
Vermilionville: Les Mains Guidées - Indian Lore on April 15 th
Pack and Paddle: How to Sight Fish Reds Seminar April 15th
Pack & Paddle: Paddle at Two O'clock Bayou on April 19th
Pack & Paddle: 'Pre-Festival' Evening Paddle at Lake Martin on April 23 
Cycle Zydeco on April 24th
29th Annual Etouffee Festival at Arnaudville on April 25th
10th Annual Step Outside Day on May 10th

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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 4/8/2014


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: 42.3'
Forecast: expect to RISE to 49.9' by 4/12

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 RISE to 39.6' by 4/12

Mississippi River at Baton Rouge
Flood Stage: 35'
Stage: 21.4'
Forecast: expect to RISE to 23.8' by 4/12

Mississippi River at New Orleans
Flood Stage: 17'
Stage: 7.1'
Forecast: expect to RISE to 7.6' by 4/12


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: 19.15'
Forecast: expect to RISE to 20.5' by 4/12

Atchafalaya River at Melville
Flood Stage: 41'
Stage: 13.62'
Forecast: expect to RISE to 15.7' by 4/12

Atchafalaya River at Krotz Springs
Flood Stage: 37'
Stage: 11.99'
Forecast: expect to RISE to 14.0' by 4/12

Atchafalaya River above Butte Larose
Flood Stage: 25'
Stage: 8.89'
Forecast: expect to RISE to 10.3' by 4/12

Atchafalaya River at Bayou Sorrell Locks on the GIWW
Flood Stage: 12'
Stage: 5.3'
Forecast: expect to RISE to 6.7' by 4/12

Atchafalaya at Millet (Myette) Point
Flood Stage: 15'
Stage: 5.63'
Forecast: expect to RISE to 6.6' by 4/12

Atchafalaya River at Morgan City
Flood Stage: 4'
Stage: 2.82'
Forecast: expect to RISE to 3.8' by 4/12
NOTE: Gauge reading affected by ocean tides.

Murphy Lake near Bayou Sorrel
Stage: 11.09'

Lower Grand River at Bayou Sorrel
Stage: 6.90'

Bayou Courtableau
Stage: 20.20'

Buffalo Cove at Round Island
Stage: 6.68'

Arm of Grand Lake near Crook Chene
Stage: 8.66'

Middle Fork, Bayou Long
Stage: 4.13'

Pontoon Bridge at Butte Larose
Stage: 7.22'

Bayou Darby at Fausse Pt. Cut
Stage: 13.21'

Lake Pelba at I-10, Henderson
Stage: 11.18'


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