Department of Natural Resources
Atchafalaya Basin Bulletin

Greetings from the Department of Natural Resources Atchafalaya Basin Program!



Country Roads: Paradise Gained: Unlike almost every other place along the Louisiana coast, land is growing, not disappearing, at the base of this old canal.
LDWF: Family Fish Fest National Hunting & Fishing Day Outdoor Festival on Saturday, September 26th
The Advocate: Macaluso fishing report: Let bass, reds take up the slack
WRAL: Proposed rule: hunters could kill hogs on Atchafalaya refuge
Times-Picayune: States clamping down on duck-hunting technology
Louisiana Sportsman: 13-foot gator caught with bass rod
Upcoming Meetings of the ABP for the 2017 Annual Plan:
Public Meeting, Tues., Oct. 6 at 6 pm at City Hall, 1007 Amy St. in Henderson
Public Meeting, Wed., Oct. 7 at 6 pm at the Iberville Parish Chambers, 58050 Meriam St. in Plaquemine
Public Meeting, Thurs., Oct. 8 at 6 pm at the Visitor Center, 900 Dr. Martin Luther King Blvd. in Morgan City

Save the Date:

Become a Tour du Teche Volunteer, Deadline to become a volunteer: Sept. 25.
Harvest Moon Paddle & Supper at Lake Martin, Sept 25 from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm,
Family Fish Fest, Sept. 26 at the Wadill Outdoor Education Center in Baton Rouge
Native American Culture Day, Sept 26 from 10 am to 4 pm in Vermilionville.
Hunters for the Hungry Clean Out Your Freezer Day, Sept. 27 from 1 to 4 pm
410 de Louisiane Paddle Race, Sept 26-27, paddle race from Bossier City to Berwick, visit for more information.
Swamp Life Expo, Oct. 3 from 10 am to 3 pm at the Iberville Visitors Center in Gross Tete
La Grande Boucherie, Oct. 3 from 10 am to 11 pm in St. Martinville
Washington Catfish Festival, Oct. 1-4 at the Washington Festival Grounds
I Always Do My Collars First, 12 pm, Oct. 7, free film showing at the West Baton Rouge Museum, 845 North Jefferson Avenue, in Port Allen.
Attakapas, the Story of the Cajun People, Oct. 7 and 8 at 7:30 pm at the Acadiana Center for the Arts in Lafayette
13th Annual Catfish Festival, Oct 9-10, at the Melville Civic Center, 1105 First Street
Tour Des Atakapas, Oct. 10. Three, five, and seven-mile runs benefiting the completion of the Atakapas-Ishak Trail in Breaux Bridge.
Longfellow-Evangeline Historic Site Tours, daily Wed - Sun from 9 am - 5 pm.


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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 9/25/2015


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: 14.9'
24 hour change: -0.1'
Forecast: expect to FALL to 12.8' by 9/30

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: 23.1'
24 hour change: 0.0'
Forecast: expect to FALL to 21.9' by 9/30

Mississippi River at Baton Rouge
Flood Stage: 35'
Stage: 9.6'
24 hour change: +0.1'
Forecast: expect to FALL to 8.3' by 9/30

Mississippi River at New Orleans
Flood Stage: 17'
Stage: 3.4'
24 hour change: -0.2'
Forecast: expect to FALL to 3.0' by 9/30

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: 6.6'
Forecast: expect to FALL to 6.1' by 9/30

Atchafalaya River at Melville
Flood Stage: 34'
Stage: 4.3'
Forecast: expect to RISE to 4.0' by 9/30

Atchafalaya River at Krotz Springs
Flood Stage: 29'
Stage: 3.9'
Forecast: expect to FALL to 3.6' by 9/30

Atchafalaya River above Butte Larose
Flood Stage: 20'
Stage: 3.3'
Forecast: expect to REMAIN at 3.3' through 9/30

Atchafalaya River at Bayou Sorrell Locks on the GIWW
Flood Stage: 12'
Stage: 2.9'
Forecast: expect to FALL to 2.8' by 9/30

Atchafalaya at Millet (Myette) Point
Flood Stage: 15'
Stage: 2.4'
Forecast: expect to FALL to 2.3' by 9/30

Atchafalaya River at Morgan City
Flood Stage: 6'
Stage: 2.5'
Forecast: expect to REMAIN at 2.5 through 9/30

Lower Grand River at Bayou Sorrel
Stage: 5.64'

Bayou Courtableau
Stage: 18.39'

Middle Fork, Bayou Long
Stage: 2.45'

Arm of Grand Lake near Crook Chene
Stage: 6.45'

Pontoon Bridge at Butte Larose
Stage: 5.42'

Lake Pelba at I-10, Henderson
Stage: 9.09'


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