Department of Natural Resources
Atchafalaya Basin Bulletin

Greetings from the Department of Natural Resources Atchafalaya Basin Program!



WWNO: Restoring Atchafalaya River's Flow
NASA: Growing Deltas in Atchafalaya Bay
KATC: Hunter education courses set for St. Martin Parish
Louisiana Sportsman: Water movement is key to Basin bass
The Advocate: LDWF changes Basin bass limit
St. Mary Now: It's nesting time for Cayenne
Team Voodoo Productions: Atchafalaya Swamp Journals
The Daily Iberian: Great effort for Scouts
Plaquemine Post South: Swamp Pop Music Festival coming to Lamar Dixon this weekend
St. Mary Now: Officials: Dredging will generate business
The Advocate: Heat big trouble for you and fish
Louisiana Sportsman: Time to tune up for bow season

Save the Date:

Cajun Music & Food Festival, July 17 - 19 at Burton Complex in Lake Charles
Bayou Grand Gueule Afternoon Paddle, July 19, meet at Pack and Paddle at 8 am
2nd Annual Southwest Louisiana Attakapas Opelousas Prairie Tribe Festival, July 25 from 10 am to 5 pm at the Farmers Market Pavilion at 828 E. Landry St. in Opelousas
Louisiana Outdoor Expo, July 24 - 26 at the Cajundome and Convention Center in Lafayette
Acadian Day of Remembrance, July 28 at 3 pm at 121 South New Market St. in St. Martinville
Professional Development Workshop for Teachers, July 30-31 from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm at Vermilionville
Petit Tour du Teche, paddling race for kids 5-17 with various age divisions, Aug 1
Wood Stork & Wading Bird Feeding Event, Aug 8 from 7 am to 12 pm at the Sherburne Wildlife Management Area - South Farm


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Let us know if you have an upcoming event to promote the Basin!

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 7/17/2015


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: 47.8'
24 hour change: -0.1'
Forecast: expect to FALL to 4.7.' by 7/21

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: 55.4'
24 hour change: +0.2'
Forecast: expect to CREST at 55.8' on 7/21PM

Mississippi River at Baton Rouge
Flood Stage: 35'
Stage: 37.9'
24 hour change: +0.2'
Forecast: expect to CREST at 38.2' on 7/22PM

Mississippi River at New Orleans
Flood Stage: 17'
Stage: 15.0'
24 hour change: +0.1'
Forecast: expect to CREST at 15.5 on 7/22AM

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: 33.78'
Forecast: expect HOLD at 33.7' by 7/21

Atchafalaya River at Melville
Flood Stage: 34'
Stage: 26.51'
Forecast: expect to HOLD at 26.' by 7/21

Atchafalaya River at Krotz Springs
Flood Stage: 29'
Stage: 23.52'
Forecast: expect to HOLD at 23.5' by 7/21

Atchafalaya River above Butte Larose
Flood Stage: 20'
Stage: 16.68'
Forecast: expect to RISE to 16.7' by 7/21
Flood Warning

Atchafalaya River at Bayou Sorrell Locks on the GIWW
Flood Stage: 12'
Stage: 9.2'
Forecast: expect to FALL to 9.1' by 7/21

Atchafalaya at Millet (Myette) Point
Flood Stage: 15'
Stage: 10.09'
Forecast: expect to RISE to 10.1' by 7/21
Flood Warning

Atchafalaya River at Morgan City
Flood Stage: 6'
Stage: 6.04'
Forecast: expect to RISE to 6.3' by 7/21
Flood Warning

Murphy Lake near Bayou Sorrel

Lower Grand River at Bayou Sorrel
Stage: 6.89'

Bayou Courtableau
Stage: 17.96'

Middle Fork, Bayou Long
Stage: 7.86'

Arm of Grand Lake near Crook Chene
Stage: 14.00'

Beau Bayou N. of Bayou Darby
Stage: 18.89'

Pontoon Bridge at Butte Larose
Stage: 11.63'

Lake Pelba at I-10, Henderson
Stage: 15.48'



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