General information

Flood Mitigation

84 feet and higher is considered to be flood level stage and the Lake is closed to all boat traffic. The Lake Commission has adopted procedures for opening the spillway gates at 85 feet and having them remain open until the water level drops back to 83 feet. Lake D’Arbonne’s flood plain level is 90 feet which was reached in the 100 year rain of 1991.

Drawdown Schedule

The Lake Commission has adopted a policy of a fall drawdown every four years beginning in 2004 involving the opening of the spillway gates the day after Labor Day and closing them on November 15. This time may be extended if requested by the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. This will enable homeowners to complete necessary repairs and allow for ramp maintenance, channel maintenance, stump clearing and vegetation control.

Artificial Reefs

A series of artificial reefs have been placed in Lake D’Arbonne for use by recreational fisherman. Maps detailing exact locations on the Lake are available at local area merchants. Coordinates for these reefs are listed below.

State Park Reef         32 46’ 15.36”N
                                92 28’ 41.18”W

 Horseshoe Reef        32 47’ 25.34”N
                                 92 27’ 17.66”W  

 4 Mile Reef               32 46’ 37.64”N
                                 92 25’ 34.22”W

 Stowe Creek Reef     32 43’ 54.9”N
                                 92 24’ 12.8”W

 Piney Point               32 44’ 33.9”N
                                 92 22’ 31.4”W

 Reef 5                       32 43’ 52.9”N
                                  92 21’ 32.4W



Maps of Lake D’Arbonne are available from the Union Parish Chamber of Commerce and local area merchants.

(318) 368-3947


State Park

D’Arbonne State Park, operated by the State of Louisiana, is accessible to all visitors of Lake D’Arbonne. Phone (318) 368-2086 or (888) 677-5200

USGS Current Conditions for USGS 07366364 Bayou Darbonne Lake at Dam near Downsville

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