High water temporarily closes ART Parkway boat launch

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The Red River between Bossier City and Shreveport. (photo by Tom Pace)

Several of the public boat launching ramps operated by the Red River Waterway Commission are closed at this time due to rising water.

These include the ramps at the North Caddo, Stoner Avenue, Teague Parkway, Bishop Point, Colfax, Boyce, Fort Buhlow, Alexandria Levee Park, Lock & Dam 2, Poland, Ben Routh, and Brouillette Recreation Areas.

Recent rainfall 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 launching 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. The recreation areas will remain open, where possible; however, the boat launching lanes at these recreation areas will be closed.

For the latest information, visit www.redriverwaterway.com or call the Red River Waterway Commission at 318-352-7446 or 1-800-874-9431.