Wednesday, November 15, 2023

Louisiana to End Lake Bistineau Drawdown Nov. 30

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) has requested the Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) to close the Lake Bistineau water control structure on or about November 30, 2023, in order to conclude this year’s drawdown. The drawdown, which began on July 31, was conducted to control the expansion of the invasive aquatic plant, giant salvinia.

The drawdown is a necessary component of LDWF’s integrated management plan to control overabundant aquatic vegetation growth and to improve the Lake Bistineau sport fishery. An annual cycle of high and low water fluctuation can provide beneficial effects similar to a natural overflow lake system. The Lake Bistineau Waterbody Management Plan can be viewed at:

Closing the gates at this time should allow the lake to reach full pool stage for traditional recreational activities in the spring.

For additional information regarding the drawdown, contact Jeff Sibley, LDWF Biologist Manager, at or (318) 371-5294.