Department of Natural Resources
Atchafalaya Basin Bulletin

Greetings from the Department of Natural Resources Atchafalaya Basin Program!




KATC: Acadiana Mardi Gras Calendar

Courir de Mardi Gras at Eunice, Feb 13

Lake Fausse Pointe Mardi Gras Parade, Feb 14 from 2 -4 pm

Chicken Chase and Costume Contest at Frenchmans Wilderness Campground, Feb 14 at 10:30 am

Carnival D'Acadie, Feb 15 in Crowley

St. Landry Parish Mardi Gras events, Feb 7 - 17


Times-Picayune: Mardi Gras crawfish' supply hurt by warming weather; demand driving prices up
The Advocate: Low water plus warming sun equals good fishing
Times-Picayune: Some parts of Louisiana's coastline are actually growing, NASA says
Earth Observatory: Growing Deltas in Atchafalaya Bay

Save the Date:

LAST DAY! Help Friends of the Atchafalaya purchase a kayak for the Atchafalaya Swamp Base
Valentines Romance Paddle, Feb 13 & 14 at 5pm at Lake Martin
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
Music and stories at Shadows-on-the-Teche, Feb 19 at 6:30 pm at the Shadows Visitor Center in New Iberia
Bushcraft Demonstrations, Feb 21 from 9-10 am at Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site in St. Martinville
Prehistoric Mounds Tour, Feb 21 from 10 am to 12 pm at Marksville State Historic Park
Paddle at Myette Point, Feb 21 at 12 at Pack & Paddle
Friends of the Atchafalaya monthly meeting, Feb 24 at 7 pm at the Audobon Office in Baton Rouge
Eagle Expo, includes boat tours into various waterways to view eagle's nests, and much more, Feb 26 - 28 in Morgan City
Kayak Fishing Workshop, Feb 28 from 8:30 am to 11 am at Wampold Park Beach in Baton Rouge (registration required)
Southern Atchafalaya Eagle Paddle, Feb 28 at 9am at Pack & Paddle
Bayou Vermilion Novice Canoe/Kayak Lesson & Guided Paddle Trip, Feb 28 from 8:30 - 1:30 am at Vermilionville in Lafayette
Rendez Vous des Cajuns, live radio show, Saturdays in Feb at 6 pm at the Liberty Center in Eunice
Sinker Cypress Pirogue Auction to benefit Atchafalaya Basinkeeper, through March 1
Atchafalaya Trace Commission Meeting, March 4 at 10 am at the Capitol Park Welcome Center in Baton Rouge
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 2/13/2015


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: 19.3'
24 hour change: -0.7'
Forecast: expect to FALL to 18.8' by 2/18

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: 25.4'
24 hour change: +0.2'
Forecast: expect to RISE to 26.6' by 2/18

Mississippi River at Baton Rouge
Flood Stage: 35'
Stage: 11.5'
24 hour change: +0.1'
Forecast: expect to RISE to 13.2' by 2/18

Mississippi River at New Orleans
Flood Stage: 17'
Stage: 2.8'
24 hour change: +0.1'
Forecast: expect to RISE to 3.7' by 2/18

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: 10.5'
Forecast: expect to RISE to 11.6' by 2/18

Atchafalaya River at Melville
Flood Stage: 34'
Stage: 6.8'
Forecast: expect to RISE to 8.2' by 2/18

Atchafalaya River at Krotz Springs
Flood Stage: 29'
Stage: 5.9'
Forecast: expect to RISE to 7.8' by 2/18

Atchafalaya River above Butte Larose
Flood Stage: 20'
Stage: 4.3'

Forecast: expect to RISE to 5.7' by 2/18
Atchafalaya River at Bayou Sorrell Locks on the GIWW
Flood Stage: 12'
Stage: 3.2'
Forecast: expect to RISE to 4.2' by 02/18

Atchafalaya at Millet (Myette) Point
Flood Stage: 15'
Stage: 2.0'
Forecast: expect to RISE to 3.0' by 02/18

Atchafalaya River at Morgan City
Flood Stage: 6'
Stage: 1.2'
Forecast: expect to RISE to 1.6' by 02/18

Murphy Lake near Bayou Sorrel
Stage: 8.58'

Lower Grand River at Bayou Sorrel
Stage: 4.82'

Bayou Courtableau
Stage: 17.74'

Buffalo Cove at Round Island
Stage: 3.57'

Middle Fork, Bayou Long
Stage: 1.89'

Arm of Grand Lake near Crook Chene
Stage: 6.62'

Bayou Darby at Fausse Pt. Cut
Stage: 10.05'

Lake Pelba at I-10, Henderson
Stage: 11.02'



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