Department of Natural Resources
Atchafalaya Basin Bulletin

Greetings from the Department of Natural Resources Atchafalaya Basin Program!



Atchafalaya Basin Program Public Meeting Schedule:

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



LDWF: 2014-2015 Louisiana Hunting and Trapping Information
LDWF: Planning a Better Future for Louisiana's Outdoor Legacy
National Geographic - Beyond the Guidebook:  Louisiana, Three Ways: Atchafalaya Swamp
SC Times: Cathedral grads prep for Gulf-to-Arctic adventure
Peer J: Naïve prey exhibit reduced antipredator behavior and survivorship
The Advocate: Macaluso: Trout, reds on between cold fronts 
LDWF: Guy Crittenden Wins 2015 Louisiana Duck Stamp Competition

Holiday Events in Cajun Country:

Thanksgiving Eve with Geno Delafose, Wed. Nov 26 at 7:30 pm at the Vermilllionville Performance Center

Christmas Open House and Parade, Nov. 29-30 from 10 am - 4 pm in Breaux Bridge
Le Grand Noël, Nov. 29 from 5-8 pm in Grand Coteau
Christmas on the Cajun Coast, Dec. 1-31in Franklin, Patterson, Berwick and Morgan City

Save the Date:

L'Ordre du Bon Temps, Nov. 6 at Acadian Memorial in St. Martinville
Atchafalaya Basin Festival at Henry Guidry Memorial Park in Henderson, November 8th
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, 
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
National Wildlife Refuges Fee-Free Days U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service-managed refuges on Nov 11
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
Get Out and Fish! Community Fishing Program, Nov. 15 at Girard Park in Lafayette
Give A Whoop! Teacher Workshop, Nov. 15 from 9:30 am - 4 pm at 6101 Johnston Street in Lafayette
Prehistoric Mounds Tour, Nov. 29 from 10 am - 12 pm at Marksville State Historic Site
Al Berard Music Festival, Nov. 29 from 10 am to 11:30 pm at Hendry Guidry Memorial Park in Henderson
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 11/6/2014


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: 18.6'
Forecast: expect to RISE to 18.7' by 11/11

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: 26.3'
Forecast: expect to FALL to 25.7' by 11/11

Mississippi River at Baton Rouge
Flood Stage: 35'
Stage: 12.4'
Forecast: expect to FALL to 11.3' by 11/11

Mississippi River at New Orleans
Flood Stage: 17'
Stage: 3.7'
Forecast: expect to FALL to 3.5' by 11/11


 Murphy Lake near Bayou Sorrel
Stage: 9.47'

Lower Grand River at Bayou Sorrel
Stage: 5.33'

Bayou Courtableau
Stage: 18.21'

Buffalo Cove at Round Island
Stage: 4.07'

Arm of Grand Lake near Crook Chene
Stage: 6.80'

Middle Fork, Bayou Long
Stage: 2.84'

Pontoon Bridge at Butte Larose

Bayou Darby at Fausse Pt. Cut
Stage: 10.55'

Lake Pelba at I-10, Henderson
Stage: 6.90'


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Baton Rouge, LA 70802
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