PEARL RIVER, LA (WVUE) - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries reopened the Pearl River Wildlife Management Area in St. Tammany Parish on Wed., Feb 17, after flooding earlier this month limited access to the public.
The state automatically closes the management area when Pearl River floodwaters reach 16.5 feet, because water backs up into the area. The river rose to that stage on Feb. 13, and National Weather Service forecasters had predicted a crest the following day at slightly above that level.
Forecasters say high water had been moving downriver from Mississippi following heavy rains earlier this winter, but the flooding concerns have since eased.
Included in the reopening is the Pearl River-Honey Island Shooting Range, located in the 35,000-acre wildlife management area.