Department of Natural Resources
Atchafalaya Basin Bulletin


Lake Martin in Winter

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
LDWF: Transition to new recreational Hunting/Fishing license sales system
KATC: Outdoorsmen speak on changes for hunting/fishing licensing
The Acadiana Advocate: Pat Huval, restaurateur and longtime Henderson mayor, dead at 88
Louisiana Sportsman: Henderson bass willing to bite despite frigid water temps
KATC: Groups sue to stop Bayou Bridge pipeline
The Acadiana Advocate: Caution: Frigid conditions affect fish, fishermen
Country Roads: The Great Deer Comeback


Atchafalaya Trace Commission Meeting, Jan 17 at 10 am at the Capitol Park Meeting and Events Center in Baton Rouge
Coming Together: Acadians, Malaguenos, and Islenos, Jan 24 at 6 pm at the Jeanerette Museum
Vigilantes on the Bayou, Jan 27 from 9 am to 3 pm at Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site in St. Martinville
Atchafalaya Basin Research and Promotion Board Meeting, Feb 1 at 9:30 am in Baton Rouge
13th Annual Eagle Expo & More, Feb 22-24 in Morgan City
The Cajun Way, Saturdays in January 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 1/12/2018


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: 11.7'

24 hour change: +1.0'

Forecast: expect to RISE to 21.4' by 1/17

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: 25.3'

24 hour change: -1.1'

Forecast: expect to FALL to 20.5' by 1/17

Mississippi River at Baton Rouge

Flood Stage: 35'

Stage: 12.1'

24 hour change: -1.1'

Forecast: expect to FALL to 7.4' by 1/17

Mississippi River at New Orleans

Flood Stage: 17'

Stage: 3.4'

24 hour change: -0.4'

Forecast: expect to FALL to 2.4' by 1/17

Atchafalaya River at Simmesport

Flood Stage: 47'

Stage: 9.9'

Forecast: expect to FALL to 7.2' by 1/17

Atchafalaya River at Melville

Flood Stage: 34'

Stage: 6.1'

Forecast: expect to FALL to 3.5' by 1/17

Atchafalaya River at Krotz Springs

Flood Stage: 29'

Stage: 5.8'

Forecast: expect to FALL to 3.4' by 1/17

Atchafalaya River above Butte La Rose

Flood Stage: 20'

Stage: 4.7'

Forecast: expect to FALL to 3.2' by 1/17

Atchafalaya River at Bayou Sorrell Locks on the GIWW

Flood Stage: 12'

Stage: 4.0'

Atchafalaya at Millet (Myette) Point

Flood Stage: 15'

Stage: 2.4'

Forecast: expect to FALL TO 1.0' by 1/17

Atchafalaya River at Morgan City

Flood Stage: 6'

Stage: 1.6'

Forecast: expect to FALL to 1.0' by 1/17

Murphy Lake near Bayou Sorrel

Stage: 9.57'

Lower Grand River at Bayou Sorrel

Stage: 6.99'

Bayou Courtableau (inside the floodway)

Stage: 20.08'

Middle Fork, Bayou Long

Stage: 2.68'

Arm of Grand Lake near Crook Chene Cove

Stage: 7.01'

Pontoon Bridge at Butte Larose

Stage: 3.56'

Lake Pelba at I-10, Henderson

Stage: 10.55'

Little Alabama Bayou at Sherbourne

Stage: 19.09'

Work Canal near I-10

Stage: 9.23'

Bayou La Rompe at Lake Long

Stage: 5.23'

Keelboat Pass below Lake Chicot

Stage: 3.04'

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