A number of public boat launching ramps operated by the Red River Waterway Commission have been closed due to rising water levels.
These include the ramps in Caddo, Bossier, Red River, Natchitoches, and Grant Parish. Heavy rainfall, in the Red River Valley, has resulted in increased flows.
Launching a boat into the swift current is not recommended during this period of high water.
The decision to close the public boat ramps described above is a safety measure based on procedures developed by the Red River Waterway Commission in conjunction with the Red River Valley Association, local sheriff departments and law enforcement/safety personnel.
The Red River is not closed to boat traffic. Boaters may want to contact the private marinas on the Red River to
discuss launch conditions prior to arrival.
There are several recreation areas in these parishes that are also closed. A comprehensive listing of closures for boat ramps and recreation areas can be found on the Red River Waterway website at www.redriverwaterway.com.
The boat launches will be re-opened as soon as conditions permit the public to utilize the ramps safely.