The Delta National Forest has closed all access to the public—including all hunting—when the Mississippi River level reaches 43 feet on the Vicksburg gauge and 90 feet on the Steel Bayou Landside gauge.
The flood waters have created hazardous conditions that are unsafe for visitors and damaging to resources.
The U.S. Forest Service is taking this action as a safety precaution to protect the public and limit damage to roads and natural resources from flooding in the Yazoo Backwater Area.
This decision was made in coordination with a closure order from the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP).
The January 11 order from MDWFP, the state agency that manages wildlife, will close all hunting, except for waterfowl, in the area that includes the Delta National Forest.
Other nearby public lands, including U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Panther Swamp National Wildlife Refuge and MDWFP Wildlife Management Areas, have already closed due to flooding.
For additional information about the Delta National Forest, contact 662.873.6256.
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