Department of Natural Resources
Atchafalaya Basin Bulletin

Greetings from the Department of Natural Resources Atchafalaya Basin Program!



WVUE: Update: Bald eagle numbers rise as hundreds nest in Louisiana
The Advocate: Eagle Expo celebrates Bald Eagle in Louisiana
KPLC: Crawfish season has 'slow but promising' start
The Advocate: Macaluso: Wind after rain offers little hope for fishing
KATC: St. Mary sheriff's deputies to increase patrol on levee roads

Save the Date:

Eagle Expo, includes boat tours into various waterways to view eagle's nests, and much more, Feb 26 - 28 in Morgan City
Turkey-hunting seminars, Feb 28 from 10 am - 2 pm at Bowie Outfitters in Baton Rouge
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
6th Annual Art Walk in Franklin, March 4 from 5 pm to 8 pm
Howl at the Moon Evening Paddle at Lake Martin, March 4 at 4:30 pm
Les Mains Guidée: Palmetto Weaving Workshop, March 7 from 10 am - noon at Vermilionville
Online Tree Sale, through March 9 at
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
Louisiana Sportsman Show: March 12-15 at Lamar-Dixon in Gonzales
Kayaking 101 - Basic Skills for Flat-water Kayaking Course, March 12 at 5 pm at Lake Martin
Annual Bayou Lafourche Cleanup Event, March 14 from 8 am - noon along the 106 mile stretch of Bayou Lafourche from Donaldsonville to Leeville
Beginner's Canoe/Kayak Lesson, March 14 from 8:30 - 11:30 am at Vermilionville
Acadian Memorial Heritage Festival and Wooden Boat Congrès, March 15 from 10 am - 4 pm in St. Martinville


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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 2/27/2015


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: 28.5'
24 hour change: +0.4'
Forecast: expect to FALL to 21.6' by 3/04

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: 29.5'
24 hour change: +1.6'
Forecast: expect to RISE to 33.0' by 3/04

Mississippi River at Baton Rouge
Flood Stage: 35'
Stage: 14.5'
24 hour change: +0.9'
Forecast: expect to RISE to 18.2' by 3/04

Mississippi River at New Orleans
Flood Stage: 17'
Stage: 3.7'
24 hour change: +0.2'
Forecast: expect to RISE to 5.7' by 3/04

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: 13.5'
Forecast: expect to RISE to 15.3' by 3/04

Atchafalaya River at Melville
Flood Stage: 34'
Stage: 9.3'
Forecast: expect to RISE to 10.8' by 3/04

Atchafalaya River at Krotz Springs
Flood Stage: 29'
Stage: 8.2'
Forecast: expect to RISE to 9.2' by 3/04

Atchafalaya River above Butte Larose
Flood Stage: 20'
Stage: 5.8'
Forecast: expect to RISE to 6.5' by 3/04

Atchafalaya River at Bayou Sorrell Locks on the GIWW
Flood Stage: 12'
Stage: 3.5'
Forecast: expect to RISE to 3.8' by 3/04

Atchafalaya at Millet (Myette) Point
Flood Stage: 15'
Stage: 3.1'
Forecast: expect to RISE to 3.4' by 3/04

Atchafalaya River at Morgan City
Flood Stage: 6'
Stage: 1.4'
Forecast: expect to RISE to 1.8' by 3/04

Murphy Lake near Bayou Sorrel
Stage: 9.16'

Lower Grand River at Bayou Sorrel
Stage: 6.02'

Bayou Courtableau
Stage: 18.82'

Buffalo Cove at Round Island
Stage: 4.45'

Middle Fork, Bayou Long
Stage: 2.49'

Arm of Grand Lake near Crook Chene
Stage: 6.37'

Bayou Darby at Fausse Pt. Cut
Stage: 11.26'

Lake Pelba at I-10, Henderson
Stage: 10.01'


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