Louisiana Officials Close Portion of Atchafalaya Basin To All Boat Traffic

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) will
close all boat traffic for a four-mile long stretch in the
Atchafalaya Basin in St. Martin Parish starting at 6 a.m. on May

The closure area length is from the Henderson levee on the west
side to the Butte La Rose levee on the east side. The width of the
closure is from the Interstate 10 Bridge on the south side to a
line half a mile north of the bridge on the north side.

The closure area is due to the current high water conditions
that are caused by the opening of the Morganza Spillway. The
elevated water in the area has put the Entergy high voltage
electrical transmission lines that run from the Henderson levee to
the Butte La Rose levee at an expected dangerous clearance level of
seven feet for boat traffic.

These lower than usual electrical lines could be a deadly hazard
for boaters. In order to avoid de-energizing the lines that would
result in loss of electricity to many citizens and the Butte La
Rose Welcome Center, LDWF decided to restrict boat traffic in the
area described below.

The entirety of that portion of the Atchafalaya Basin Spillway
between the West Protection (Guide) levee and the Butte La Rose
levee on the west bank of the Atchafalaya River, which is south of
a line running from 30.331556, -91.7881 to 30.349317, -91.723331
and which is north of a line running from 30.323706, -91.788605 to
30.342755, -91.7196.

The closure will remain in effect until further notice.


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