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Take Extra Caution on Lake Martin as it is Drained

For those visiting Lake Martin in the parish of St. Martin, you may soon have something new to see in the lake.

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) is responsible for the lake’s wildlife and fisheries and will soon take additional steps to improve the habitat of both.

Meanwhile, the topography of the lake changes.

What will officials at the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries do to transform the lake? You will unplug the lake for a few months.

via Google Maps

via Google Maps

This proposed lowering of Lake Martin in the community of St. Martin is intended to “nuisance aquatic vegetation, reduce organic matter and improve fish habitat,” according to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. The lowering is intended to reduce the water vegetation in the lake.

“Water vegetation?” you ask? That’s what grown-up people call it. We used to call it “algae” when we were kids, but as we now know, it’s a far cry from algae.

Most of it is Hydrilla and Coontail and the drawdown should help control some of that underwater vegetation.

Photo courtesy of Mike LeBlanc and T’ Boy

Photo courtesy of Mike LeBlanc and T’ Boy

Some underwater vegetation is good for fish, but too much of it will result in fish dying and we don’t want that, right?

LDWF officials will open a water control structure to drain water from the lake in early September.

How fast will the water level in the lake drop? Don’t expect to see a large hot tub in the center reminiscent of 1980’s Lake Peigneur.

The water only falls less than 2 inches a day or so. The target drop will be between two and three feet lower than what we are used to in the lake.

Photo courtesy of Mike LeBlanc and T’ Boy

Photo courtesy of Mike LeBlanc and T’ Boy

The lake control gates are scheduled to close by the end of the year and officials will start pumping back in to refill the lake. Lake Martin should have reached “normal” levels by the end of January.

As the lake is being drained, adventurers using the lake must exercise extra caution as the lake’s topography will change.

As you cross the lake you will find more obstacles in the form of fallen trees, logs, old duck blinds and the like.

Officials with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries say that although the lake will remain open for fishing, parts of Lake Martin’s southern end may not have enough water to navigate.

In other words, in some parts of Lake Martin, your boat will not float.

If you’ve never been to Lake Martin, it really is a hidden gem close to home. There are several types of wildlife that make Lake Martin an exciting, beautiful place to visit.

Alligators, turtles, fish, frogs, snakes, possums, nutria, raccoons, armadillos, rabbits, various species of birds, and tons of wasps (but seriously, don’t shake any bushes or branches!) all call Lake Martin home.

Lake Martin, Louisiana

Townsquare Media photo by John Falcon

Remember: if you visit Lake Martin, please leave with more trash than you brought with you. Lake Martin is beautiful, let’s all help keep it that way.

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