Bogue Chitto Wildlife Refuge closed to hunting, camping due to high water

 The Bogue Chitto National Wildlife Refuge in eastern St. Tammany Parish is closed to hunting and camping because of high water, authorities said Wednesday (Feb. 14).

The Pearl River has exceeded 15.5 feet at the town of Pearl River and, by regulation, the refuge is closed to hunting and camping, according to a news release from the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. Water is expected to remain at or above that level through at least Thursday, it said.

Flood stage is 14 feet at the Pearl River location.

Established hunting seasons will resume when the water level drops below 15.5 feet.

Gauge levels on the Pearl River may be checked through the National Weather Service office in Slidell at 985-649-0357 or on its website.

For more information, call the refuge office at 985-882-2000.

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