Department of Natural Resources
Atchafalaya Basin Bulletin

Greetings from the Department of Natural Resources Atchafalaya Basin Program!




Louisiana Sportsman: Louisiana's deer population strong heading into 2014-15 season, biologist says
KATC: Wildlife will be out in full force as Henderson Lake lowers
The Advocate: Bass awaken with cooler temps
Louisiana Sportsman: Mid-season dove tactics
Plaquemine Post South: Seen on Scene: Evangeline Water Ceremony
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
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
Stone Energy's fourth annual gumbo cook-off, Oct 16 from 4-8 pm at Cajun Field in Lafayette
Swamp Bound Canoe Tour, Oct 17 at 11am, Lake Fausse Pointe State Park, St. Martinville
Music Around the Fire, Oct 17 at 8 pm, Lake Fausse Pointe State Park,  St. Martinville
Harvest Festival on False River, Oct 17-19, New Roads
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 
Indian Bayou Birding Day Hike, Oct 19, Pack & Paddle, 7am
Blackpot Camp, Oct 19-24 in Eunice
Cajun Music History Talk and Demonstration, Oct 22 from 6-8 pm at the Jeanerette Bicentennial Museum
5 Great Paddle Trips in the Atchafalaya Seminar, Oct. 23 at 6 pm, Pack & Paddle in Lafayette (FREE)
Flowers that Heal, Oct 23 at 7 pm, Burden Center & Gardens, Baton Rouge
Blackpot Festival and Cook-Off, Oct 24 and 25 at the Acadian Village in Lafayette
Prehistoric Mounds Tour, Oct 25 at Marksville State Historic Site
Franklin Harvest Moon Festival, Oct 25 in Franklin
Sweet Dough Pie Festival, Oct 25 in Grand Coteau
Feast on the Levee, Oct 26 from 11 am to 7 pm, 402 South Kirkland Drive, Brusly
Atchafalaya Basin Program Research and Promotion Board meeting, Oct 29 at 9:30 am at DNR, Baton Rouge
Noises in the Night Evening Hike, Oct 30, 6:30-7:30 pm at Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site

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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 10/14/2014


Lake Pelba at I-10, Henderson
Stage: 6.00

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: 24.6'
24 hour change: +0.5'
Forecast: expect to RISE to 33.7' by 10/19

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: 25.7'
24 hour change: +1.9'
Forecast: expect to RISE to 30.0 by 10/19

Mississippi River at Baton Rouge
Flood Stage: 35'
Stage: 11.0'
24 hour change +1.3'
Forecast: expect to RISE to 15.9' by 10/19

Mississippi River at New Orleans
Flood Stage: 17'
Stage: 3.7'
24 hour change: +0.1'
Forecast: expect to RISE to 5.3' by 10/19

Atchafalaya River at Melville
Flood Stage: 34'
Stage: 7.6'
Forecast: expect to RISE to 11.1' by 10/19

Atchafalaya River at Krotz Springs
Flood Stage: 29'
Stage: 6.5'
Forecast: expect to RISE to 11.1' by 10/19

Atchafalaya River above Butte Larose
Flood Stage: 20'
Stage: 4.9
Forecast: expect to RISE to 8.4' by 10/19
Atchafalaya River at Bayou Sorrell Locks on the GIWW
Flood Stage: 12'
Stage: 3.4'
Forecast: expect to RISE to 5.9' by 10/19

Atchafalaya at Millet (Myette) Point
Flood Stage: 15'
Stage: 3.6'
Forecast: expect to RISE to 5.5' by 10/19

Atchafalaya River at Morgan City
Flood Stage: 6'
Stage: 2.2
Forecast: expect to RISE to 3.8' by 10/13

Murphy Lake near Bayou Sorrel
Stage: 9.25'

Lower Grand River at Bayou Sorrel
Stage: 5.88'

Bayou Courtableau
Stage: 18.73'

Buffalo Cove at Round Island
Stage: 3.97'

Arm of Grand Lake near Crook Chene
Stage: 6.20'

Middle Fork, Bayou Long
Stage: 2.94'

Pontoon Bridge at Butte Larose
Stage: 2.57'

Bayou Darby at Fausse Pt. Cut
Stage: 10.65'



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