Department of Natural Resources
Atchafalaya Basin Bulletin

Greetings from the Department of Natural Resources Atchafalaya Basin Program!




The Advocate: Macaluso: Are you ready for a big change?
The Advertiser: Nutria-themed fashion show headed for Lafayette
Times-Picayune: Slow hurricane season, upcoming wet winter due to El Niño-like conditions, forecasters say
Cajun Coast: Travel Guide App Available
Country Roads: Dixie Hippos:The strange-but-true story about importing hippos to the Louisiana swamps
Save the Date:
Primitive Camping in the Atchafalaya Basin: Throughout October. Send in your camping photos to and win a free souvenir hat!
Public Meeting on Morganza Control Structure Management Changes, Oct. 2 at 6:30 pm, 702 River Road, Baton Rouge
Moonlight Hike, Oct. 3 at Lake Fausse Point State Park, 8 pm
Atchafalaya Month Celebration, Oct 4-31 at Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site in St. Martinville
Tour du Teche V - Oct. 3-5
Swamp Life Expo, Oct. 4 in Grosse Tete
Outdoor Gear Garage Sale, Oct. 4 at 8 am, Pack & Paddle in Lafayette
Righteous Fur Fashion Show & Wetlands Benefit Auction, Oct. 7 at 6 pm at 140 Arlington Drive in Lafayette
False River Fishing Tournaments: Tuesdays from 6 to 9 pm at the Morrison Parkway Boat Dock. 
Lunchtime Lagniappe: The Acadian Deportation, Oct. 8 from 12 to 1 pm at Capitol Park Museum in Baton Rouge
12th Annual Catfish Festival, Oct. 9-11, Melville Civic Center
40th Anniversary Festivals Acadiens et Creoles, Oct. 10 -12, Girard Park, Lafayette
World Championship Gumbo Cookoff, Oct. 11-12, New Iberia
Wooden Boat Festival, Oct. 11 - 12, Madisonville
Les Mains Guidées: La Toussaint Wax Flowers, Oct. 14  6 pm-8 pm, Vermilionville
Bushman Crafts: Oct. 18, 9-10 am at Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site in St. Martinville
Cattle Drives in Louisiana, Oct. 18, 10 am at the Bluebonnet Library in Baton Rouge
TECHE Project's Third Annual Shake Your Trail Feather Festival, Oct. 18 noon to 6 pm at Parc des Ponts (Bridge Park) in Breaux Bridge
Bayou Vermilion Festival & Boat Parade, Oct. 19 from 10 am to 4 pm in Vermilionville 
5 Great Paddle Trips in the Atchafalaya Seminar, Oct. 23 at 6 pm, Pack & Paddle in Lafayette (FREE)

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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 10/2/2014


Lake Pelba at I-10, Henderson
Stage: 6.07

Ohio 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: 15.8'
24 hour change -0.5'
Forecast: expect to RISE to 22.8' by 10/7

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: 26.2'
24 hour change -0.8'
Forecast: expect to FALL to 22.2 by 10/7

Mississippi River at Baton Rouge
Flood Stage: 35'
Stage: 12.0'
24 hour change -0.7'
Forecast: expect to FALL to 8.0' by 10/7

Mississippi River at New Orleans
Flood Stage: 17'
Stage: 4.2'
24 hour change -0.2'
Forecast: expect to FALL to 3.4' by 10/7

Atchafalaya River at Melville
Flood Stage: 34'
Stage: 6.8'
Forecast: expect to FALL to 4.3' by 10/7

Atchafalaya River at Krotz Springs
Flood Stage: 29'
Stage: 5.9'
Forecast: expect to FALL to 4.8' by 10/7

Atchafalaya River above Butte Larose
Flood Stage: 20'
Stage: 4.9
Forecast: expect to FALL to 4.1' by 10/7

Atchafalaya River at Bayou Sorrell Locks on the GIWW
Flood Stage: 12'
Stage: 3.7'
Forecast: expect to FALL to 3.1' by 10/7

Atchafalaya at Millet (Myette) Point
Flood Stage: 15'
Stage: 3.9'
Forecast: expect to FALL to 3.5' by 10/7

Atchafalaya River at Morgan City
Flood Stage: 6'
Stage: 3.0
Forecast: expect to FALL to 2.9' by 10/7

Murphy Lake near Bayou Sorrel
Stage: 9.50'

Lower Grand River at Bayou Sorrel
Stage: 5.91'

Bayou Courtableau
Stage: 18.05'

Buffalo Cove at Round Island
Stage: 4.28'

Arm of Grand Lake near Crook Chene
Stage: 6.39'

Middle Fork, Bayou Long
Stage: 3.12'

Pontoon Bridge at Butte Larose
Stage: 2.58'

Bayou Darby at Fausse Pt. Cut
Stage: 10.87'



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