Cane River Lake is at 96.4 MSL


While Cane River Lake is at 96.4 MSL use caution in the low water conditions while navigating and/or performing water sport activities. Underwater debris is now being exposed and/or just under the water line that could cause damage to boat props or hulls and/or personal injury.

During the reconvened session Aug. 21, the Cane River Waterway Commission evaluated the lake. After discussion, the Commission has decided to leave the entire lake open, making the north end a no-wake zone from the Natchitoches National Fish Hatchery outflow box north to the dam should the water levels reach 96.0 MSL.

There will be Fireworks- downtown riverbank, on the south side as follows:
Saturday, Sept. 15 at 10 pm for the Meat Pie Festival
Thursday, Sept. 20 at 9:30 pm for the Louisiana Realtor Association Banquet
Have your boats behind the yellow safety buoys 1 hour prior to display(s) and follow enforcement request.

The Cane River Waterway Commission has hired Air Data Solutions to perform Bathymetry, Aerial Mapping, and Riverbank Video Assessment services for Cane River Lake. It is expected to take about 3-4 months to complete. The lake video scan will take place on Sept. 10, weather permitting. The Commission encourages riparian owners to clean up their property in an effort to showcase Cane River. Please remember a free permit is required for all types of construction to the bed and/or banks of the lake.

On Oct. 6 there will be a regatta called the St. Denis Head Race, held on the north end of the lake. The lake will be closed from Keyser Bridge to the north dam for the race.

Lake Pool Stage: 98.0 MSL
Low Water Lake Closing: 96.0 MSL (Ordinance 2 of 2011)
High Water Lake Closing: 99.0 MSL (Ordinance 2 of 2011)

If you need a permit and/or have any questions please contact Betty Fuller 318-357-3007 office, 318-617-3235 cell

9 thoughts on “Cane River Lake is at 96.4 MSL

  1. Steve, in response to your statement— I doubt there will be any difference in 10 years except for being able to walk across the river with a level of 2 ft. instead of 4 feet…. or is that inches? I don’t like being negative, but after awhile, what is expected???

  2. Interesting meeting on Aug. 21… Having just moved back to Natch. and with all the issues pertaining to Cane River I figured there would be a lot of folks at the “open to the public” meeting. There was only one person. Seems to me this is the forum to address the CRWC with concerts, questions and new projects. Othwise the commission will discuss amongst themselves any issues, make motions and approve x without hearing from others who live on the river. The CRWCs next “open to the public” meeting is scheduled for Sept. 18th… let’s all go to a face to face meeting.

  3. People never think about the condition of the river until it gets to low or they want to fix it up to look nice for the festivals or to make a video. Why not year around? I preach about it year around but no one cares until there’s a problem that effects the right ppl.

  4. Apparently the downtown river part is no longer valued in Natchitoches or of interest to tourists, or fisherman– nor farmers– so why waste time and money; dam it, just fill the downtown section with dirt and let grass grow! I thought it was the bright light of Natchitoches, but is it important today? (it amazes me that $4 million could not help make a pump work; only in Natchitoches). Leave it be and see the drop in tourists and most events. Become like the other surrounding towns. Demand something be done now.

    • Everything they do on this river is ridiculous! Now they want everyone to clean up your property for a video. They will spend money on anything but the river itself.

    • I think pumping now would burn up the pumps. I think I read that. So, no pumping at all. Trying to push or pull tons of water thru a 40 micron filter is like using a straw to suck a 50,000 gallon tank dry!

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