SLIDELL, LA (WVUE) - The Pearl River Wildlife Management Area in eastern St. Tammany Parish will close when the Pearl River flood gauge reaches 16.5 feet, which is expected to happen Monday (Feb. 8), according to a news release from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.
Administrators with the Wildlife Dept. say the river level is an automatic benchmark for the closure as set by the Wildlife and Fisheries Commission.
The 35,618-acre management area is about six miles east of Slidell.
The gate at the entrance to the wildlife management area on Old U.S 11 will be closed and locked when the river hits 16.5 feet, according to LDWF. The closure includes the Pearl River-Honey Island Shooting Range located in the management area.
The rising river has caused backwater flooding. When the water recedes, the Wildlife and Fisheries personnel will inspect, repair and reopen the management area.