Department of Natural Resources
Atchafalaya Basin Bulletin

Greetings from the Department of Natural Resources Atchafalaya Basin Program!












Atchafalaya Basin Program Project Nominations, May 30 is the last day to submit a project nomination for next year's plan
The Advocate: LWFC votes to open spring shrimp season on May 18
KATC: June events at Vermilionville
The Times: The name is 'Atchafalaya' and the nickname is 'The Swamp': Making a Louisiana getaway
DOTD: Atchafalaya Welcome Center Reopened to public
The Weather Channel: Swamp: 'Gas Station for the Soul'
The Advertiser: Paddling the Vermilion may never be the same
The Advocate: Early indications find turkey season better... fishing hot, too
LSU: Cypress and Tupelo: what does it mean for a 1st time UREC adventurer
Louisiana Sportsman: Paddle Prep -How to rig your first fishing kayak
LDWF: Body of Missing Denham Springs Man Found in Iberville Parish
Louisiana Sportsman: How to guard against tick-borne diseases

Save the Date:

Kayaking 101 - Basic Skills for Flatwater Kayaking, May 14 at 5:30 pm at Lake Martin
Creole Okra Festival, May 14-16 at 203 N. New Market Street in St. Martinville
Chitimacha Paddle Race, May 16 from New Iberia's City Park to the public boat ramp in the Chitimacha Nation near Charenton
4th Annual Plaquemine Elks' Crawfish Shootout, May 16 from 9 am to 4 pm at Bayou Plaquemine Waterfront Park
A Day in the Life of the Early Acadian Child, May 16 from 10 am - noon at Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site in St. Martinville
Tunica-Biloxi Pow Wow, May 16 - 17 in Marksville
LDWF: WETSHOP 2015 Registration Deadline is May 20
4th Annual Krotz Springs Sportsmen's Heritage Festival, May 21 - 24
Blessing of the Boats and Boat Parade, May 24 at 2 pm at the Morrison Parkway public boat launch in False River
Friends of the Atchafalaya monthly meeting, May 26 at 7 pm in Baton Rouge
Bayou Vermilion Kayak Lessons & Guided Paddle Trip, May 30 at 8 am at Vermillionville
Healing Traditions: Creole folk medicine, May 30 from 11 am - 2 pm at Vermilionville
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 5/12/2015


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: 21.4'
24 hour change: +2.1'
Forecast: expect to RISE to 24.0' by 5/17

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: 46.8'
24 hour change: -1.4'
Forecast: expect to FALL to 41.2' by 5/17

Mississippi River at Baton Rouge
Flood Stage: 35'
Stage: 30.9'
24 hour change: -1.0'
Forecast: expect to FALL to 24.9' by 5/17

Mississippi River at New Orleans
Flood Stage: 17'
Stage: 11.7'
24 hour change: -0.5'
Forecast: expect to FALL to 9.6' by 5/17

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: 27.0
Forecast: expect to FALL to 24.0' by 5/17

Atchafalaya River at Melville
Flood Stage: 34'
Stage: 21.0'
Forecast: expect to FALL to 17.6' by 5/17

Atchafalaya River at Krotz Springs
Flood Stage: 29'
Stage: 19.0'
Forecast: expect to FALL to 15.1' by 5/17

Atchafalaya River above Butte Larose
Flood Stage: 20'
Stage: 14.4'
Forecast: expect to FALL to 11.5' by 5/17

Atchafalaya River at Bayou Sorrell Locks on the GIWW
Flood Stage: 12'
Stage: 8.9'
Forecast: expect to FALL to 8.6' by 5/17

Atchafalaya at Millet (Myette) Point
Flood Stage: 15'
Stage: 8.9'
Forecast: expect to FALL to 8.7 by 5/17

Atchafalaya River at Morgan City
Flood Stage: 6'
Stage: 5.3'
Forecast: expect to FALL to 5.0' by 5/17

Lower Grand River at Bayou Sorrel
Stage: 7.75'

Bayou Courtableau
Stage: 18.94'

Middle Fork, Bayou Long
Stage: 7.31'

Arm of Grand Lake near Crook Chene
Stage: 12.74'

Beau Bayou N. of Bayou Darby
Stage: 17.67'

Pontoon Bridge at Butte Larose
Stage: 11.63'

Lake Pelba at I-10, Henderson
Stage: 15.66'



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