Department of Natural Resources
Atchafalaya Basin Bulletin

Greetings from the Department of Natural Resources Atchafalaya Basin Program!



The USGS would like to inform the public that due to reductions in funding the following water gages are scheduled to be discontinued within one month:

Murphy Lake
Beau Bayou
Lake Pelba at I-10
Bayou Fusillier of the Swamps
Bayou La Rose (in Beau Bayou management unit)
American Pass at Little Bayou Sorrel

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Save the Date:

Baton Rouge Cajun French Music Association Dance, Oct. 23
Rougarou Fest Oct. 24 and 25 in Houma, LA
Guided Canoe Tour in Chicot, Oct. 24 from 2 - 4 pm at Chicot State Park in Ville Platte
Sweet Dough Pie Festival, Oct. 24 from 9 am - 3 pm at St. Charles Borromeo Church in Grand Coteau
Swamp Haunted Hikes, Oct. 16, 23, and 30 at BREC's Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center in Baton Rouge
Moonlight Paddle in Manchac Swamp, Oct. 24
Harvest Moon Paddle and Supper at Lake Martin, Oct. 25
Women''s Outdoor Recreation Workshop, Oct. 29
Blackpot Festival and Cookoff, Oct. 30 - 31 in Vermilionville
Louisiana Book Festival, Oct. 31 
La Table Francaise at NUNU's, Oct. 31
Cypress Swamp Photography with Georg Popp, Oct. 31
6th Annual Fall Festival & Gumbo Cookoff, Oct. 31 from 11 am - 5 pm at the Bayou Plaquemine Waterfront Park
Grand Réveil - Women Crafting Our Culture, Oct. 3 - 31 at the St. Landry Parish Visitor Center in Opelousas
Creole Mourning Customs, Oct 24 - Nov 1 at Magnolia Mound Plantation in Baton Rouge
ABP Research and Promotion Board Meeting, Novmber 5
Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission Meeting, November 5


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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 10/23/2015


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: 10.1'
24 hour change: +0.4'
Forecast: expect to REMAIN at 10.1' through 10/28

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: 19.0'
24 hour change: unavailable
Forecast: expect to FALL to 17.5' by 10/28

Mississippi River at Baton Rouge
Flood Stage: 35'
Stage: 7.5'
24 hour change: -0.1'
Forecast: expect to FALL to 6.9' by 10/28

Mississippi River at New Orleans
Flood Stage: 17'
Stage: 3.2'
24 hour change: -0.3'
Forecast: expect to FALL to 2.9' by 10/28

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: 5.6'
Forecast: expect to FALL to 5.0' by 10/28

Atchafalaya River at Melville
Flood Stage: 34'
Stage: 4.0'
Forecast: expect to FALL to 3.6' by 10/28

Atchafalaya River at Krotz Springs
Flood Stage: 29'
Stage: 3.7'
Forecast: expect to FALL to 3.3' by 10/28

Atchafalaya River above Butte Larose
Flood Stage: 20'
Stage: 3.3'
Forecast: expect to RISE to 3.5' by 10/28

Atchafalaya River at Bayou Sorrell Locks on the GIWW
Flood Stage: 12'
Stage: 2.6'
Forecast: expect to REMAIN at 2.6' through 10/28

Atchafalaya at Millet (Myette) Point
Flood Stage: 15'
Stage: 2.7'
Forecast: expect to FALL to 2.6' by 10/28

Atchafalaya River at Morgan City
Flood Stage: 6'
Stage: 3.0'
Forecast: expect to REMAIN at 3.0' through 10/28

Murphy Lake near Bayou Sorrel

Lower Grand River at Bayou Sorrel
Stage: 5.78'

Bayou Courtableau
Stage: 18.28'

Middle Fork, Bayou Long
Stage: 2.78'

Arm of Grand Lake near Crook Chene
Stage: 6.15'

Pontoon Bridge at Butte Larose
Stage: 4.52'

Lake Pelba at I-10, Henderson
Stage: 8.37'



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