A four-mile stretch of the Atchafalaya Basin in Henderson Lake will close to all boat traffic tomorrow (May 26) at 6 a.m. because of the high water associated with the opening of the Morganza Spillway, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries announced.

The closure area in St. Martin Parish runs from the Henderson levee on the west side to the Butte La Rose levee on the east side, and from the Interstate 10 bridge on the south side to a line half a mile north of the bridge on the north side.

All waters are closed south of a line running from 30.331556, -91.7881 to 30.349317, -91.723331 and north of a line running from 30.323706, -91.788605 to 30.342755, -91.7196.

The elevated water levels in the area has put the Entergy high-voltage electrical transmission lines running from the Henderson levee to the Butte La Rose levee at an dangerous clearance level of 7 feet for boat traffic, LDWF reported

These lower-than-normal 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 levee and the Butte La Rose levee on the west bank of the Atchafalaya River, which is south of a line running from