- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 22, 2015

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - In an effort to control aquatic vegetation, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will open the water control structure on Lake Bistineau near Minden for a lake drawdown.

On Aug. 3, the lake will be lowered at a rate of 4 to 6 inches per day. The gates will close no later than Jan. 15 to allow the lake to refill.

Current estimates show 1,781 acres of giant salvinia coverage in the 17,000-acre lake, reaching the threshold necessary for the drawdown as identified in the department’s Lake Bistineau Management Plan. During the drawdown, about 10,000 acres of water will remain in the lake.

Boaters will still be able to access the lake from several launches including Port of Bistineau Launch, Bossier Public Launch, Grice’s and Bayou Dorcheat Public Launch.

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