Minden Press-Herald

Sep 22nd

Catahoula Lake drawdowns to help ducks this fall

Catahoula Lake has always been a bit of a mystery to me. Once the waterfowl migration gets underway each fall and winter, the focus is on this sprawling body of water covering some 30,000 acres in LaSalle and Rapides Parishes because the lake is a stop-over site for millions of waterfowl on their way south for the winter.

Catahoula is the state's largest natural freshwater lake having been formed, according to writer Terry Jones, by seismic activity, possibly an earthquake. The activity caused the land to sink in the area and waters from nearby Little River filled the depression, thus forming what is now known as Catahoula Lake.

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