Parish News

Lakebed burn ban continues


A burn ban in or near the lake bed on Lake Bistineau remains in force until further notice, according to rural district fire chiefs who are responsible for coverage in the area. A vast acreage of the lake bottom is exposed in attempts to use the drawdown as part of the state Department of Wildlife and Fisheries battle against giant salvinia.
In the photos, the lake bed at the Bistineau dam is far more land than water, and views looking north and west at the dam show the majority of water is in the lake's channel. Also, many camps on the west side of the lake near the parish's public boat launch have little access to the water.

There's more land than water at the Lake Bistineau dam. About all that's flowing is in the lake's channel, shown in the foreground.

Looking north from the lake's dam, the main channel flows through hundreds of acres of exposed lake bottom.

Many camps along the lake's shore have little or no access to the water. This dock, located on the west side of Lake Bistineau, is high and dry.

Despite the exposed lakebed around the parish public boat launch off Parish Camp Rd., boats can launch now that the access area around the boat dock has been dredged by police jury contractors. Here, crews that have continued to spray for giant salvinia on the lake are loading their spray boats to end their work day.


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