Release Date: 04/08/2008

EVENT:  LDWF Aquatic Plant Control Program Targeting Lake Bistineau

WHEN:   Thursday, April 10, 2008 at 10 a.m.
WHERE:   * Departure point for reporters/photographers to view spray crews on the lake: Lake Bistineau State Park Area 1 boat launch. LDWF and Office of State Parks staff will be available for interviews between 10 and 11:30 a.m.


The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Inland Fisheries Division, with assistance from the Louisiana Office of State Parks (OSP), is working to reopen boat access to areas of Lake Bistineau currently restricted by the presence of aquatic plants.  The goal is to kill a significant amount of giant salvinia and restore normal recreational use of the lake for residents and visitors.

LDWF's Aquatic Plant Control Program is utilizing a portion of the $6.4 million allocated in the 2007-08 fiscal year to aggressively combat a major threat to the state's waterways.  Discovered in the lake in 2006, giant salvinia had grown to cover approximately 4,500 acres as of November 2007.

The 17,200-acre lake just south of Doyline is a popular fishing spot for bass and crappie with private dwellings and Lake Bistineau State Park offering lakeside accommodations.

OSP is working with LDWF by housing 17 spray crews at the state park during a week-long effort to test the effects of a concentrated herbicide spray effort.  It is anticipated that the herbicide application will be followed by a summer lake drawdown.
* DIRECTIONS to: Lake Bistineau State Park, 103 State Park Road, Doyline, LA  71023

From Shreveport:
From I-20 East, take the Haughton Exit and head east on LA 164 to Doyline.
From Doyline, head south on LA 163 to the park entrance.

For more information, contact LDWF Press Secretary Bo Boehringer at 225-765-5115 or bboehringer@wlf.louisiana.gov.