The Winn Parish Police Jury / Saline Lake Game and Fish Preserve Commission and Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries announced the scheduled drawdown of Saline Lake in Natchitoches and Winn parishes, started June 3.
The primary purpose is to control the growth of giant Salvinia. The lake is dewatering at a rate of 3 to 4 inches per day until it reaches a target drawdown level of 8 feet below normal pool stage. The control gates will close Oct. 1.
During the drawdown, property owners have the option to take advantage of the low water to repair boat docks, seawalls, boat slips, etc.
A Corp of Engineer permit is required from the USACE Regulatory Branch for any such activities in and around Saline Lake before any work is started.
Saline Lake is considered a Section 10 waterbody, and any work conducted over, in or under the lake would require permit authorization from the Regulatory Office of the USACE. Outside of the lake itself, any dredging or filling activities within a wetland or stream may also require authorization prior to the impact.
Contact local Police Jury / Parish Government or the Saline Lake Game and Fish Preserve Commission for help with permits.