High Water Forces Closure on Bogue Chitto National Wildlife Refuge

Published 11:27 am Monday, April 4, 2022

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is closing Bogue Chitto National Wildlife Refuge due to high water exceeding 15.5 feet at the Pearl River gauge. This closure will include camping and hunting activities until the river level drops below 15.5 feet.  This action has been taken to meet refuge regulations in place to protect wildlife and citizens visiting the Refuge.

Waters levels are expected to remain at or above 15.5 feet for the next several days. Camping and established hunting seasons will resume when water levels drop below 15.5 feet at the gauge at Pearl River. Boaters are advised to use extreme caution during high river levels.

River levels on the Pearl River can be checked through the National Weather Service office in Slidell, Louisiana at 985-649-0357, or at http://water.weather.gov/ahps2/hydrograph.php?wfo=lix&gage=perl1

For more information, please contact the refuge headquarters at 985-882-2000.