Anacoco Lake Drawdown to Begin Early

Release Date: 11/14/2011

(Nov. 14, 2011)– In cooperation with the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality and the Sabine River Authority, the Anacoco Lake spillway gate will be opened November 15, 2011 to maintain water quality downstream. Plans were already in place for a drawdown to begin in January 2012. The gate will be opened slightly to allow for a slow release. The action is designed to accommodate downstream concerns and still allow water for Anacoco Lake duck hunters.

The lake will be lowered approximately 18 feet below pool stage and will remain lowered until November 1, 2012.

The drawdown is being conducted to reduce muddy water and renovate the lake bottom. It will also allow property owners the opportunity to conduct shoreline and property maintenance. 

For further information regarding the drawdown, contact Eric Shanks, LDWF Inland Fisheries Manager, at (337) 491-2577.

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