Department of Natural Resources
Atchafalaya Basin Bulletin

Greetings from the Department of Natural Resources Atchafalaya Basin Program!




The Advocate: Mississippi, Atchafalaya rivers expected to crest soon as water levels begin slow fall
Pointe Coupee Reporter: USDA Declares Pointe Coupee Disaster Area Due To Crop Losses By Excessive Rain, Wind, & Hail
Louisiana Sportsman: Year-long Hog Wash Tournament starts Sept 20  
Atchafalaya National Heritage Area Develops Water Heritage Trail
Louisiana Sportsman: Waterborne law enforcement
Westside Journal: High river levels halt construction on levee 
Country Roads: American Lotus  
LDWF: Wood Stork and Wading Bird Event Set for Aug. 8 at Sherburne WMA's South Farm
Louisiana Sportsman: How to peel a blue crab 
Country Roads: McIlhenny's World Record Alligator 

Save the Date:

Bayou BBQ Bash in Morgan City July 23 - July 25
Native American Residency : Avogel Tribe of Louisiana at Vermilionville on July 25
LA Outdoor Festival in Lafayette July 25-27
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
Cajun French Music Association Dance in Baton Rouge, July 25
Bushcraft Demonstrations in St. Martinville, July 25
Louisiana Outdoor Expo, July 24 - 26 at the Cajundome and Convention Center in Lafayette
Bal du Dimanche at Vermilionville on July 26
Acadian Day of Remembrance, July 28 at 3 pm at 121 South New Market St. in St. Martinville
Friends of the Atchafalaya Meeting in Lafayette on July 28, contact for more information
Acadie Then and Now, A People's History in Donaldsonville
Professional Development Workshop for Teachers, July 30-31 from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm at Vermilionville
Les Mains Guidees: Beekeeping at Vermilionvlle on August 1
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
Conversation in French around the coffee pot in St. Martinville, August 8
Acadian Culture Day at Vermilionville on August 9


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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 7/24/2015


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: 47.1'
24 hour change: -0.3'
Forecast: expect to FALL to 38.4' by 7/29

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: 55.9'
24 hour change: -0.1' CRESTED
Forecast: expect to FALL to 55.8' on 7/29

Mississippi River at Baton Rouge
Flood Stage: 35'
Stage: 38.8'
24 hour change: 0.0' CRESTED
Forecast: expect to FALL to 38.7' on 7/29

Mississippi River at New Orleans
Flood Stage: 17'
Stage: 15.5'
24 hour change: 0.0' CRESTING
Forecast: expect to HOLD at 15.5 on 7/29

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: 34.23'
Forecast: expect FALL to 34.1 by 7/29

Atchafalaya River at Melville
Flood Stage: 34'
Stage: 26.9'
Forecast: expect to FALL to 26.7' by 7/29

Atchafalaya River at Krotz Springs
Flood Stage: 29'
Stage: 24.0
Forecast: expect to FALL to 23.8' by 7/29

Atchafalaya River above Butte Larose
Flood Stage: 20'
Stage: 16.99'
Forecast: expect to HOLD at 16.99' by 7/29
Flood Warning

Atchafalaya River at Bayou Sorrell Locks on the GIWW
Flood Stage: 12'
Stage: 9.4'
Forecast: expect to HOLD at 9.4' by 7/29

Atchafalaya at Millet (Myette) Point
Flood Stage: 15'
Stage: 10.28'
Forecast: expect to RISE to 10.3' by 7/29
Flood Warning

Atchafalaya River at Morgan City
Flood Stage: 6'
Stage: 6.16'
Forecast: expect to FALL to 6.1' by 7/29
Flood Warning

Murphy Lake near Bayou Sorrel

Lower Grand River at Bayou Sorrel
Stage: 6.56'

Bayou Courtableau
Stage: 18.56'

Middle Fork, Bayou Long
Stage: 8.19'

Arm of Grand Lake near Crook Chene
Stage: 14.29'

Beau Bayou N. of Bayou Darby

Pontoon Bridge at Butte Larose
Stage: 11.76'

Lake Pelba at I-10, Henderson
Stage: 15.60'


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