Department of Natural Resources
Atchafalaya Basin Bulletin

Greetings from the Department of Natural Resources Atchafalaya Basin Program!



The Advocate: Outdoors notebook: LDWF seeking comments on proposed season dates
Montgomery Advertiser: Rheta Johnson: Of sinker cypress and causes
New Orleans Advocate: Cajuns invented having a good time
The Advocate: Macaluso: Weekend to bring much-needed sunshine

Save the Date:

Catahoula Levee Trail Hike, Jan 17, meet at 8 am at Pack and Paddle in Lafayette
Prehistoric Mounds Tour, Jan 24 from 10 am - 12 pm at Marksville State Historic Site
New Docent Training and guided bird walk at Cypress Island Preserve Visitor Center. Please RSVP Kacy King at or (337) 356-1373.
Vigilantes on the Bayou, Jan 23 - 24 from 9 am - 4 pm at Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site in St. Martinville
Cinema on the Bayou, film festival to advance "the understanding of Cajun and Creole cultures through film screenings, film panels and cultural exchanges among French Louisiana, the United States and the Francophone countries of the world." Jan 21 - Jan 25 in Lafayette
Save the Basin Fundraiser, Jan 25 from 11 am - 5 pm at Artmosphere Bistro in Lafayette
Healing Traditions of Acadiana, Jan 31 from 11 am - 2 pm in Vermilionville
Learn Your Binocular, Jan 31 from 3 - 7 pm at the Highland Road Observatory in Baton Rouge
Good Gumbo for a Good Cause, Jan 31 in Opelousas
Help Friends of the Atchafalaya purchase a kayak for the Atchafalaya Swamp Base, through Feb 13
Quilt the Swamp, Contemporary Fiber Artists of Louisiana's annual exhibit on display at Bluebonnet Nature Center in Baton Rouge from 9 am - 5 pm Tues - Sat and from 12-5 on Sunday through Feb 15
Manchac: In the Wake of North Pass, a visual art exhibit that explores the destructive beauty and complex role of invasive aquatic plants upon the fragile ecology of Louisiana's bayous, Jan 10 through March 15 at LASM in Baton Rouge


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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 1/15/2015


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: 22.3'
24 hour change: -1.2'
Forecast: expect to FALL to 21.1' by 1/20

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: 36.6'
24 hour change: -0.1'
Forecast: expect to FALL to 34.1' by 1/20

Mississippi River at Baton Rouge
Flood Stage: 35'
Stage: 22.4'
24 hour change: 0'
Forecast: expect to FALL to 20.1' by 1/20

Mississippi River at New Orleans
Flood Stage: 17'
Stage: 6.9'
24 hour change: +0.1'
Forecast: expect to FALL to 5.8' by 1/20
Atchafalaya River, just south of ORCS, at Simmesport
Reading: The combined latitudinal flows of the Red, Black, Ouachita, and ORCS flow from the Mississippi
Flood Stage: 47'
Stage: 18.9'
Forecast: expect to FALL to 16.7' by 1/20

Atchafalaya River at Melville
Flood Stage: 34'
Stage: 14.0'
Forecast: expect to FALL to 12.0' by 1/20

Atchafalaya River at Krotz Springs
Flood Stage: 29'
Stage: 12.4'
Forecast: expect to FALL to 10.8' by 1/20

Atchafalaya River above Butte Larose
Flood Stage: 20'
Stage: 9.2'
Forecast: expect to FALL to 8.2' by 1/20
Atchafalaya River at Bayou Sorrell Locks on the GIWW
Flood Stage: 12'
Stage: 5.3'
Forecast: expect to FALL to 4.6' by 1/20

Atchafalaya at Millet (Myette) Point
Flood Stage: 15'
Stage: 5.7'
Forecast: expect to FALL to 5.4' by 1/20

Atchafalaya River at Morgan City
Flood Stage: 6'
Stage: 2.8'
Forecast: expect to FALL to 2.4' by 1/20

Murphy Lake near Bayou Sorrel
Stage: 10.30'

Lower Grand River at Bayou Sorrel
Stage: 6.62'

Bayou Courtableau
Stage: 21.39'

Buffalo Cove at Round Island
Stage: 6.55'

Middle Fork, Bayou Long
Stage: 6.67'

Arm of Grand Lake near Crook Chene
Stage: 8.42'

Bayou Darby at Fausse Pt. Cut
Stage: 13.69'

Pontoon Bridge at Butte Larose
Stage: 12.47

Lake Pelba at I-10, Henderson
Stage: 13.06'




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