Department of Natural Resources
Atchafalaya Basin Bulletin

Greetings from the Department of Natural Resources Atchafalaya Basin Program!



The Advocate: Mississippi, Atchafalaya rivers expected to swell from spring rains, snow thaw in Tennessee, Ohio river valleys
DOTD: Temporary closure of I-10 Atchafalaya Welcome Center
WWLTV: Price of crawfish plummets at record rate
The Advocate: Kids get opening shots at turkeys

Save the Date:

Hunting and Fishing Advisory Education Council Meeting, March 17 at 1:30 pm at the LDWF headquarters at 2000 Quail Drive in Baton Rouge
Festival of Live Oaks, March 26 from 9 am-5 pm in New Iberia City Park
Kayaking 101 - Basic Skills for Flat-water Kayaking Course, March 26. Meet at Lake Martin at 4:45 p.m. Class begins at 5 p.m. Registration is required. Contact Pack & Paddle to reserve.
Becoming an Outdoors Woman Program - Weekend Workshop, March 25 - 27 at the Camp Grant Walker 4-H Center, in Polluck, LA
Attakapas: the Story of the Cajun People, March 26 and 27. A dynamic, immersive multi-media concert performance that incorporates visual projection and live music to tell the story of the Cajun people of Louisiana. 7:30 pm both nights at 101 West Vermilion Street in Lafayette
Acadiana Dragon Boat Festival, March 28 from 8 am to 6 pm at 102 Main Street in New Iberia
Bushcraft Demonstrations, March 28 from 9 am to 10 am at Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site in St. Martinville
Bayou Vermilion Novice Canoe/Kayak Lesson & Guided Paddle Trip, March 28 from 8:30 to 11:30 am at Vermilionville in Lafayette
Swamp Maple Paddle at Grand Gueule, March 28. Meet at Pack & Paddle in Lafayette at 9 am.
Chalmette's Crawfish Festival, March 26 - 29 at the Sigur Cultural Center, 8245 West Judge Perez Drive in Chalmette
World Championship Crawfish Etouffée Cook-Off, March 28 - 29 from 10 am-6 pm at the Northwest Community Center Pavilion, 501 Samuel Drive in Eunice
Alligators: Dragons in Paradise, a traveling exhibit from the Museum of Florida History TREX program. March 7 through June 6 at the Old State Capitol 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 3/16/2015


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: 47.4'
24 hour change: +1.0'
Forecast: expect to RISE to 48.2' by 3/21, expect to CREST at 48.5 on 3/18

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: 45.5'
24 hour change: +0.8'
Forecast: expect to RISE to 50.1' by 3/21

Mississippi River at Baton Rouge
Flood Stage: 35'
Stage: 29.6'
24 hour change: +0.7'
Forecast: expect to RISE to 33.3' by 3/21

Mississippi River at New Orleans
Flood Stage: 17'
Stage: 10.8'
24 hour change: +0.5'
Forecast: expect to RISE to 12.6' by 3/21

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: 26.8'
Forecast: expect to RISE to 29.5' by 3/21

Atchafalaya River at Melville
Flood Stage: 34'
Stage: 20.6'
Forecast: expect to RISE to 23.0' by 3/21

Atchafalaya River at Krotz Springs
Flood Stage: 29'
Stage: 18.3'
Forecast: expect to RISE to 20.7' by 3/21

Atchafalaya River above Butte Larose
Flood Stage: 20'
Stage: 13.0'
Forecast: expect to RISE to 14.6' by 3/21

Atchafalaya River at Bayou Sorrell Locks on the GIWW
Flood Stage: 12'
Stage: 6.7'
Forecast: expect to RISE to 7.5' by 3/21

Atchafalaya at Millet (Myette) Point
Flood Stage: 15'
Stage: 7.2'
Forecast: expect to RISE to 7.9' by 3/21

Atchafalaya River at Morgan City
Flood Stage: 6'
Stage: 3.5'
Forecast: expect to RISE to 4.4' by 3/21

Murphy Lake near Bayou Sorrel
Stage: 11.32'

Lower Grand River at Bayou Sorrel
Stage: 7.44'

Bayou Courtableau
Stage: 22.33'

Middle Fork, Bayou Long
Stage: 4.60'

Arm of Grand Lake near Crook Chene
Stage: 10.27'

Pontoon Bridge at Butte Larose
Stage: 10.30'

Lake Pelba at I-10, Henderson
Stage: 14.31'




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