Department of Natural Resources
Atchafalaya Basin Bulletin

Happy Holidays!

Snowy day in the Atchafalaya Basin


Current and Upcoming Hunting Seasons (see Louisiana Hunting Regulations for more information)

Deer: Oct 1 through Jan 31
Quail and pheasant: Nov 19 - Feb 28
Rabbit: Oct 1 - Feb 28
Squirrel: Oct 1 - Feb 28
Nutria: Sept 1 - Feb 28
Crows, blackbirds, cowbirds, and grackles: Sept 1 - Jan 1
Ducks, Coots and Mergansers: Nov 5 - Jan 28
Rails: Nov 12 - Jan. 4
Gallinules: Nov 12 - Jan 4
Snipe: Dec 17 - Feb 28
Canada Geese: Dec 17 - Jan 31
Light and White-fronted Geese: Dec 17 - Feb 12
Doves: Dec 17 - Jan 15
Bobcat, raccoon, possum: year-round
The Times-Picayune: Rising river bottom could switch Mississippi to Atchafalaya riverbed in next mega flood
LDWF: Body of boater recovered from Little Bayou Pigeon
The Acadiana Advocate: Second waterfowl split starts Saturday; early reports mixed
Houma Today: State's new heritage trail highlights local wetlands
Baton Rouge Business Report: Construction on Bayou Bridge Pipeline could soon begin; opponents push for more studies
Louisiana Sportsman: Map out the deer rut: Peak of rutting, breeding activity varies greatly
KATC: Making Spirits Bright: A list of all the holiday light displays in Acadiana


Lafayette Paddle Club's Christmas Celebration Paddle Trip, Dec 16 from 4 - 9:30 pm at Bayou Vermilion in Lafayette
Christmas on the Cajun Coast, throughout December in St. Mary Parish
Christmas Bonfires, Dec 24 on the Mississippi River Levee
The Cajun Way, Saturdays in December at the Prairie Acadian Cultural Center in Jean Lafitte National Park
La Table Francaise, last Saturday of every month at NUNU Arts and Culture Collective in Arnaudville
Les Courdre Pointes Quilting Circle, every Friday at 10 am at NUNU Arts and Culture Collective in Arnaudville

Water Levels:

Data is for 12/14/2017


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: 13.4'

24 hour change: -1.2'

Forecast: expect to FALL to 12.0' by 12/19

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: 21.4'

24 hour change: -0.7'

Forecast: expect to FALL to 19.0' by 12/19

Mississippi River at Baton Rouge

Flood Stage: 35'

Stage: 9.0'

24 hour change: -0.3'

Forecast: expect to FALL to 6.6' by 12/19

Mississippi River at New Orleans

Flood Stage: 17'

Stage: 2.4'

24 hour change: +0.1'

Forecast: expect to FALL to 2.1' by 12/19

Atchafalaya River

Atchafalaya River at Simmesport

Flood Stage: 47'

Stage: 8.0'

Forecast: expect to FALL to 6.7' by 12/19

Atchafalaya River at Melville

Flood Stage: 34'

Stage: 4.6'

Forecast: expect to FALL to 3.4' by 12/19

Atchafalaya River at Krotz Springs

Flood Stage: 29'

Stage: 4.4'

Forecast: expect to FALL to 3.5' by 12/19

Atchafalaya River above Butte La Rose

Flood Stage: 20'

Stage: 3.5'

Forecast: expect to FALL to 3.0' by 12/19

Atchafalaya River at Bayou Sorrell Locks on the GIWW

Flood Stage: 12'

Stage: 2.7'

Forecast: expect to FALL to 2.4' by 12/19

Atchafalaya at Millet (Myette) Point

Flood Stage: 15'

Stage: 1.7'

Forecast: expect to FALL TO 1.6' by 12/19

Atchafalaya River at Morgan City

Flood Stage: 6'

Stage: 1.5'

Forecast: expect to FALL to 1.4' by 12/19

Murphy Lake near Bayou Sorrel

Stage: 8.52'

Lower Grand River at Bayou Sorrel

Stage: 5.21'

Bayou Courtableau (inside the floodway)

Stage: 16.29'

Middle Fork, Bayou Long

Stage: 1.83'

Arm of Grand Lake near Crook Chene Cove

Stage: 6.91'

Pontoon Bridge at Butte Larose

Stage: 5.35'

Lake Pelba at I-10, Henderson

Stage: 9.05'

Little Alabama Bayou at Sherbourne

Stage: 17.79'

Work Canal near I-10

Stage: 8.76'

Bayou La Rompe at Lake Long

Stage: 4.13'

Keelboat Pass below Lake Chicot

Stage: 2.42'

Send in your Basin Pics! Thanks to Charles Reulet for this week's feature photo of a snowy day in Iberia Parish!

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

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