With the Pearl River forecast to rise over the next several days, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries announced that all hunting seasons on Pearl River Wildlife Management Area will be closed when the river reaches 16.5 feet at Pearl River.

The river stage is forecast to reach that level on Tuesday afternoon, Feb. 25, according to a news release.

The hunting season closure will remain in effect on the WMA in southeastern St. Tammany Parish until the water level drops below 16.5 feet.

Additionally, the gate at Old U.S. Hwy. 11, a prime access point to the WMA, will be closed by 6 p.m. Tuesday and will remain closed until the water recedes and all roads and bridges are declared safe for vehicle passage, the release states.

If the river rises above 16.5 feet before 6 p.m. on Tuesday, the gate may be closed sooner, according to the release.

To monitor water levels on the Pearl River at Pearl River, La., click here.