Department of Natural Resources
Atchafalaya Basin Bulletin

Greetings from the Department of Natural Resources Atchafalaya Basin Program!




The Advocate: Macaluso: Constant conditions will help fishing
The Daily Iberian: Cool morning a breath of fresh air for anglers, hunters
ORWP: U.S. Geological Survey Authorizes Approximately $6 Million For Multi-Year Scientific Study of Red River Watershed Basin
Daily World: Catfish Festival returns to Melville this week
LDWF: $7,000 Reward Offered for Information on Dead Black Bear
Times-Picayune: Pierre Part's Cliff Crochet retraces his journey to bass-fishing's elite
Save the Date:
Primitive Camping in the Atchafalaya Basin: Throughout October. Send in your camping photos to and win a free souvenir hat!
Atchafalaya Month Celebration, Oct 4-31 at Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site in St. Martinville
11th Annual Voice of the Wetlands Festival, Oct. 10-12 in Houma
12th Annual Catfish Festival, Oct. 9-11, Melville Civic Center
40th Anniversary Festivals Acadiens et Creoles, Oct. 10 -12, Girard Park, Lafayette
International Acadian Festival - Presentation of Evangeline - Water Ceremony - Oct. 11 at Bayou Plaquemine Waterfront Park, 5-7 pm
World Championship Gumbo Cookoff, Oct. 11-12, New Iberia
Wooden Boat Festival, Oct. 11 - 12, Madisonville
False River Fishing Tournaments: Tuesdays from 6 to 9 pm at the Morrison Parkway Boat Dock. 
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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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 10/9/2014


Lake Pelba at I-10, Henderson
Stage: 5.91

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: 24.1'
24 hour change: -0.4'
Forecast: expect to FALL to 22.3' by 10/14

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: 21.0'
24 hour change: -0.7'
Forecast: expect to RISE to 25.3 by 10/14

Mississippi River at Baton Rouge
Flood Stage: 35'
Stage: 8.5'
24 hour change -0.4'
Forecast: expect to RISE to 11.6' by 10/14

Mississippi River at New Orleans
Flood Stage: 17'
Stage: 2.9'
24 hour change: 0.0'
Forecast: expect to RISE to 4.0' by 10/14

Atchafalaya River at Melville
Flood Stage: 34'
Stage: 5.3'
Forecast: expect to RISE to 5.5' by 10/13

Atchafalaya River at Krotz Springs
Flood Stage: 29'
Stage: 4.5'
Forecast: expect to FALL to 4.4' by 10/13

Atchafalaya River above Butte Larose
Flood Stage: 20'
Stage: 3.8
Forecast: expect to FALL to 3.7' by 10/13
Atchafalaya River at Bayou Sorrell Locks on the GIWW
Flood Stage: 12'
Stage: 3.1'
Forecast: expect to FALL to 3.0' by 10/13

Atchafalaya at Millet (Myette) Point
Flood Stage: 15'
Stage: 3.0'
Forecast: expect to FALL to 2.9' by 10/13

Atchafalaya River at Morgan City
Flood Stage: 6'
Stage: 2.5
Forecast: expect to FALL to 2.3' by 10/13

Murphy Lake near Bayou Sorrel
Stage: 8.82'

Lower Grand River at Bayou Sorrel
Stage: 5.58'

Bayou Courtableau
Stage: 18.39'

Buffalo Cove at Round Island
Stage: 3.29'

Arm of Grand Lake near Crook Chene
Stage: 6.23'

Middle Fork, Bayou Long
Stage: 2.54'

Pontoon Bridge at Butte Larose
Stage: 2.58'

Bayou Darby at Fausse Pt. Cut
Stage: 9.85'




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