Public meeting, drawdown scheduled for Lake Bistineau

Drawdown necessary to control salvinia; meeting slated for July 26 at 6:30 p.m.

Two important events have been scheduled for Lake Bistineau this month by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.

According to a news release, a drawdown has been scheduled to begin on July 25 for giant salvinia control, organic reduction and fish habitat improvement.

The lake should dewater at a rate of 4 to 6 inches per day, and the water level will be lowered to a maximum drawdown level of 8 feet below normal pool stage. The control gates are schedule to close on Nov. 30 to allow the lake to refill for winter and early-spring recreational activities, the release states.

Boaters can access the lake from the following public boat launches:  Port of Bistineau Launch, Bossier Public Launch, Grice’s and Bayou Dorcheat Public Launch.  Boaters are advised to use caution during the low water period, as boat lanes will not provide normal clearance of underwater obstructions.

For additional information regarding the drawdown, contact Jeff Sibley, LDWF biologist manager, via email here or by phone at (318) 371-3066.

The public meeting will be held on Tuesday, July 26 starting at 6:30 p.m. at the LDWF Region 1 Office in the Jonathan Glasscock Memorial Classroom, located at 9961 Highway 80 in Minden.

The meeting will feature an update on the current status of the lake, and the LDWF staff will field questions concerning lake management and giant salvinia.

Space is limited to 100 people in the classroom, the release states.

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