High Water Forces Refuge Closure

High Water Forces Closure on Bogue Chitto National Wildlife Refuge
Steps taken to protect visitors and outdoor enthusiasts


Pearl, LA -- Water levels on the Pearl River have exceeded 15.5 feet at the Pearl River gauge. 

To protect everyone, who enjoys Bogue Chitto National Wildlife Refuge, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is closing it to camping and all hunting activities, except waterfowl hunting, until the river level drops below 15.5 feet.  This action is being taken to meet refuge regulations in place to protect citizens visiting Bogue Chitto NWR.  This action is required occasionally every year as a result of weather conditions that influence river levels.

Waters are expected to remain at or above 15.5 feet for the next several days. Camping and established hunting seasons will resume when water levels drop below 15.5 feet at the gauge at Pearl River.

River levels on the Pearl River can be checked through the National Weather Service office in Slidell, Louisiana at 985-649-0357, or at http://water.weather.gov/ahps2/hydrograph.php?wfo=lix&gage=perl1

This action is not related to closures occurring as a result of the lapse in federal appropriations.

For more information please contact the refuge office at 985-882-2000.

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