Pearl River WMA Hunting Seasons and Road to Close Due to High River Level

Release Date: 02/24/2014

February 24, 2014 - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) announced today that all hunting seasons on Pearl River Wildlife Management Area (WMA) will be closed when the Pearl River stage at Pearl River, La., reaches 16.5 feet.  Additionally, Old U.S. Hwy. 11 will be closed when the river stage reaches 16.5 feet. The river stage is currently forecast to reach 16.5 feet on the afternoon of Tuesday, February 25, 2014.
 
This hunting season closure on the WMA in southeastern St. Tammany Parish will remain in effect until water levels drop below 16.5 feet.  
 
The gate at Old U.S. Hwy. 11, a primary access point to the WMA, will also be closed on Tuesday by 6 p.m. and will remain closed until the water recedes and all roads and bridges are determined safe for vehicle passage. If the river rises above 16.5 feet prior to 6 p.m., the gate at Old U.S. Hwy. 11 may be closed sooner.
 
To monitor water levels, visit the National Weather Service link at http://water.weather.gov/ahps2/hydrograph.php?wfo=lix&gage=perl1.  For additional information, contact Christian Winslow at 985-543-4777 or cwinslow@wlf.la.gov.