Department of Natural Resources
Atchafalaya Basin Bulletin

Greetings from the Department of Natural Resources Atchafalaya Basin Program!



KATC: LDWF's Catch and Cook Program Atchafalaya River: The Mississippi's Best Route tothe Gulf
Times-Picayune: Louisiana deer decline may lead to fewer hunting days
LDWF: Explore Bowhunting Program Launched in Louisiana
KATC: West Nile Detected in Acadia, St. Mary Parish
Louisiana Sportsman: Put your trail cams to work: Remote cameras provide great insight about wildlife recruitment
Country Roads: Voyage of (Re)discovery

Save the Date:

National Day of the Acadians, Aug. 15, 250th anniversary of the arrival of the early French refugees who carved out a unique lifestyle for themselves in the South Louisiana soil. Throughout the day, interpretive rangers from Longfellow-Evangeline SHS will showcase the material culture of the early Acadians. 10 am to 6 pm in St. Martinville.
Adoration On The Teche, a Eucharistic procession along Bayou Teche will take place from Leonville to St. Martinville, Aug. 15 at 8 am
Delcambre Shrimp Festival, Aug. 12 - 16 at the Shrimp Festival Grounds in Delcambre
Become a Tour du Teche Volunteer, Deadline to become a volunteer and receive a t-shirt: Aug 18. Deadline to become a volunteer: Sept. 25.
Mississippi River Commission low-water inspection trip public meeting, Aug. 21 at 9 am at City Dock above the USS Kidd in Baton Rouge
Bushcraft, Aug. 22 from 9 to 10 am at the Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site in St. Martinville
Duck Duck Goose Day, exhibit of the region's oldest and rarest decoys, Aug. 22 from 9 am to 4 pm at BREC's Bluebonnet Swamp in Baton Rouge
Cajun Prairie Habitat Preservation Society Meeting, Aug. 29 from 8 am to 12 pm in Eunice
Bayou Vermilion Novice Canoe/Kayak Lesson & Guided Paddle Trip, Aug. 29 from 8:30 to 11:30 am at Vermilionville
Howl at the Moon Lake Martin Paddle Trip, Aug. 29 at 5 pm at Lake Martin in Lafayette
La Table Francaise at NUNU's, Aug. 29, enjoy coffee and homemade treats while engaging in group conversation in French from 9am to noon in Arnaudville
Rendez Vous des Cajuns, every Saturday in August at 4 pm at the Liberty Center in Eunice
Atchafalaya Basin Program Technical Advisory Group Meeting, Sept. 2 at 9:30 am at DNR in the LaBelle Rm. 
Atchafalaya Basin Program Research and Promotion Board Meeting, Sept. 3 at 1 pm at DNR in the LaBelle Rm.
Shrimp and Petroleum Festival, Sept. 4-7 in Morgan City


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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 8/14/2015


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: 23.3'
24 hour change: +0.3'
Forecast: expect to FALL to 19.0' by 8/19

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 40.8' by 8/19

Mississippi River at Baton Rouge
Flood Stage: 35'
Stage: 31.3'
24 hour change: -1.1'
Forecast: expect to FALL to 250.' by 8/19

Mississippi River at New Orleans
Flood Stage: 17'
Stage: 11.8'
24 hour change: -0.4'
Forecast: expect to FALL to 8.5' by 8/19

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: 25.3'
Forecast: expect FALL to 19.6' by 8/19

Atchafalaya River at Melville
Flood Stage: 34'
Stage: 19.6'
Forecast: expect to FALL to 14.0' by 8/19

Atchafalaya River at Krotz Springs
Flood Stage: 29'
Stage: 17.6'
Forecast: expect to FALL to 12.5' by 8/19

Atchafalaya River above Butte Larose
Flood Stage: 20'
Stage: 13.7'
Forecast: expect to FALL to 10.0' by 8/19

Atchafalaya River at Bayou Sorrell Locks on the GIWW
Flood Stage: 12'
Stage: 8.4'
Forecast: expect to FALL to 7.7' by 8/19

Atchafalaya at Millet (Myette) Point
Flood Stage: 15'
Stage: 8.3'
Forecast: expect to FALL to 7.6' by 8/19

Atchafalaya River at Morgan City
Flood Stage: 6'
Stage: 5.1'
Forecast: expect to FALL to 4.7' by 8/19

Murphy Lake near Bayou Sorrel

Lower Grand River at Bayou Sorrel
Stage: 6.13'

Bayou Courtableau
Stage: 18.61'

Middle Fork, Bayou Long
Stage: 7.12'

Arm of Grand Lake near Crook Chene
Stage: 12.32'

Pontoon Bridge at Butte Larose
Stage: 11.26'

Lake Pelba at I-10, Henderson
Stage: 14.54'



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