In an attempt to improve fisheries and control nuisance aquatic vegetation, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will initiate a drawdown on Black-Clear Lake near Campti beginning on July 1.

According to a news release, the drawdown will dewater 2- to 4-inches per day until the lake reaches a level 4 ½ feet below pool stage.

Following a 60-day drying period, control gates may be operated for minor fluctuations to isolate additional plants, but the gates will be closed no later than Jan. 31, 2015 to allow the lake to refill.

The lake will not be closed to fishing during the drawdown, but boaters are advised to use caution because boat lanes will not provide normal clearance from underwater obstructions.

Boaters will be able to access the lake from the following public launches: Black Lake Lodge, Chandler’s, West Wind and Sandy Point, the release states.

As part of the comprehensive plan to improve the fisheries habitat, herbicide treatments and biological control agents including triploid grass carp and giant salvinia weevils also have been recommended, according to the release.