Department of Natural Resources
Atchafalaya Basin Bulletin

Greetings from the Department of Natural Resources Atchafalaya Basin Program!




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The Advocate: Outdoors Calendar
Atchafalaya Basin Program Public Meeting Schedule: 
Wednesday, Nov 5, 2014 - 6:00 pm
Iberville Parish
Council Chambers
58050 Meriam Street
Plaquemine, Louisiana 70765

Thursday, Nov 6, 2014 - 6:00 pm
St. Martin Parish
City Hall
1007 Amy St.
Henderson, Louisiana 70517

Thursday, Nov 13, 2014 - 6:00 pm
St. Mary Parish
Morgan City Auditorium
728 Myrtle Street
Morgan City, Louisiana 70380


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
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
Atchafalaya Basin Sweep, Nov 1 from 8 am to 12 pm
Atchafalaya Trace Commission Meeting, Nov 5 at 10 am, Capitol Park Welcome Center, Baton Rouge
L'Ordre du Bon Temps, Nov. 6 at Acadian Memorial in St. Martinville
Cracklin Festival, Nov 6-9 in Port Barre
Fiber Festival, Nov 7-8 from 10 am to 4 pm, Bayou Plaquemine Waterfront Park Main Pavilion, 
Atchafalaya Basin Festival, Nov 8 at Henry Guidry Memorial Park in Henderson
Native American Cultural Day, Nov 8 from 9 am to 4 pm
Jeanerette Live! Festival, Nov 9 from 10 am to 10 pm in Jeanerette
Les Mains Guidées: Tatting, Nov. 11, 6:30-8:30 pm at 300 Fisher Road in Vermilionville
Pine Needle Basketry, Nov 14,10 am - 2 pm at Marksville State Historic Site
Kids' Night at the Swamp, Nov. 14 from 6-10 pm at Bluebonnet Swamp, 0503 North Oak Hills Parkway, Baton Rouge
Bushcraft, Nov 15, 9-10 am at Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site in St. Martinville
Spanish Festival Exhibit, Nov. 14-30 at the Bayou Teche Museum, 131 East Main Street, New Iberia
Rendez Vous des Cajuns, live-audience radio show every Saturday in Nov at 6 pm, Liberty Center in Eunice

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 10/28/2014


Lake Pelba at I-10, Henderson
Stage: 6.65'

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: 22.5'
24 hour change: -0.5'
Forecast: expect to FALL to 18.4' by 11/2

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: 35.0'
24 hour change: -0.4'
Forecast: expect to FALL to 29.6' by 11/2

Mississippi River at Baton Rouge
Flood Stage: 35'
Stage: 20.2'
24 hour change -1.0'
Forecast: expect to FALL to 15.0' by 11/2

Mississippi River at New Orleans
Flood Stage: 17'
Stage: 6.3'
24 hour change: 0.0'
Forecast: expect to FALL to 4.9' by 11/2

Atchafalaya River at Melville
Flood Stage: 34'
Stage: 12.2'
Forecast: expect to FALL to 8.1' by 11/2

Atchafalaya River at Krotz Springs
Flood Stage: 29'
Stage: 10.8'
Forecast: expect to FALL to 7.2' by 11/2

Atchafalaya River above Butte Larose
Flood Stage: 20'
Stage: 7.9'
Forecast: expect to FALL to 5.5' by 11/2

Atchafalaya River at Bayou Sorrell Locks on the GIWW
Flood Stage: 12'
Stage: 4.6'
Forecast: expect to FALL to 4.1' by 11/2

Atchafalaya at Millet (Myette) Point
Flood Stage: 15'
Stage: 5.4'
Forecast: expect to FALL to 5.1' by 11/2

Atchafalaya River at Morgan City
Flood Stage: 6'
Stage: 3.0'
Forecast: expect to FALL to 2.9' by 11/2

Murphy Lake near Bayou Sorrel
Stage: 10.0'

Lower Grand River at Bayou Sorrel
Stage: 5.45'

Bayou Courtableau
Stage: 18.31'

Buffalo Cove at Round Island
Stage: 5.83'

Arm of Grand Lake near Crook Chene
Stage: 6.96'

Middle Fork, Bayou Long
Stage: 3.37'

Bayou Darby at Fausse Pt. Cut
Stage: 12.78'




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