Release Date: 06/19/2007

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) has scheduled a summer/fall drawdown for Black Lake in Natchitoches Parish.  This will be the third consecutive drawdown, as was recommended in a management plan written in January of 2005 for the control of nuisance aquatic vegetation.  

The drawdown is scheduled to begin on July 9, 2007 and the gates will remain open until Oct. 15, 2007 when the lake will be allowed to refill.  The water level will be lowered 4 1/2 feet, which is the maximum drawdown due to the lock and dam system on the Red River.
Numerous complaints concerning submergent aquatic vegetation (SAV) have been received by fisheries personnel in the LDWF Alexandria office.  In addition to native SAV, hydrilla, an exotic noxious aquatic weed, has become established in the lake and is hindering boating access and recreational opportunities in many areas of the lake.  The most severe infestation is found above the Highway 9 bridge.  

After considerable discussions, the timing of this drawdown has changed from the previous two years.  This change is to minimize the inconvenience to Black Lake users and allow them the maximum opportunity to enjoy the lake.

The Northwest Louisiana Game and Fish Preserve Commission voted at an emergency meeting on June 8 to approve a drawdown to begin on or about July 1, 2007, with the gates to be closed on or about Oct. 15, 2007.  The July 9 beginning was chosen to allow the public to enjoy the lake over the July 4 holiday.

For further information, contact Ricky Moses at 318-487-5888 or rmoses@wlf.louisiana.gov.