High Water Forces Camping and Hunting Closure




Water levels on the Pearl River have exceeded 15.5 feet at the Pearl River gauge. In order to protect recreationists and natural resources, Bogue Chitto National Wildlife Refuge is closed to camping and all hunting activities until the river level drops below 15.5 feet. 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