Release Date: 06/26/2007

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) has scheduled a drawdown for Nantachie Lake in Grant Parish to begin in mid-July.  This will be the third consecutive drawdown, as was recommended by the LDWF in a management plan written in May of 2005 for the control of nuisance aquatic vegetation.  

Numerous calls concerning submergent aquatic vegetation (SAV) had been received by fisheries personnel in the LDWF District 3 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.  Hydrilla was first located at the public launch on the Southeast end of the lake and it has spread throughout most of the southern half of the lake.

The drawdown is scheduled to begin on July 16, 2007 and the gates will remain open until Jan. 31, 2008.

The early start date is necessary due to the slower than normal ability to dewater the lake.  During the 2005/06 drawdown, it was determined the lake could only be lowered approximately 2 inches per day.  Dewatering at a faster rate caused flooding of downstream property.  The lake will be drawn down approximately 7 foot below pool stage. 

Nantachie lake residents and camp owners are encouraged to complete boat houses, piers and other shoreline projects at this time because this is the last drawdown scheduled at this time.

For more information, contact Ricky Moses at rmoses@wlf.louisiana.gov or 318-487-5885.