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Boat launches on Red to close July 7


Public boat launching ramps operated by the Red River Waterway Commission in Caddo and Bossier Parishes will close by late afternoon on Friday, July 7 because of rising water. 

Ramps scheduled to close include those at the North Caddo, Stoner Avenue, Bishop Point, and Arthur Ray Teague Parkway recreation areas. Recent rainfall in the upper Red River Valley has resulted in increased flows. Launching a boat into the swift current is not recommended during this period of high water.

The decision to close the public boat launching ramps is a safety measure based on procedures developed by the Red River Waterway Commission in conjunction with the Red River Valley Association, local sheriffs departments and law enforcement/safety personnel.

Although the Red River is not closed to boat traffic, boaters may want to contact the private marinas on the Red River to discuss launch conditions prior to arrival. Recreation areas will remain open where possible but boat-launching lanes at these recreation areas will be closed.

Boat launches will be re-opened as soon as conditions permit the public to utilize the ramps safely. 

For up-to-date information, please visit or call the Red River Waterway Commission at 318-352-7446 or 800-874-9431.

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