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Catahoula

General Information

Description The Catahoula Lake region is a major stopover area for migratory birds in the Missippi Delta.
Country United States of America
Latitude 31° 30' 0" (31.5000)
Longitude -92° 8' 0" (-92.1333)
State Louisiana
River Basin Mississippi

Physical Characteristics

Description
Surface Area 120.00 km2
Type Fresh
Permanent

Socio-Political

Economic Value Catahoula Lake supports sport and commercial fisheries. The lake overlies an important oil field that has been commercially exploited for forty years.
Major Cities

Watershed Management

Description Long term hunting at Catahoula has left a high density of lead pellets in the lake. The use of lead pellets is now illegal.
Issues
Monitoring

Biodiversity Conservation

Description The Catahoula Lake region is a major stopover area for migratory birds in the Missippi Delta. In fact, it is considered the most important inland wetland for waterbirds in Louisiana, with peak counts exceeding 400,000 birds. The endangered eagle Haliaetus leucocephalus is a non-breeding visitor.
Designations LakeNet Biodiversity Priority
Ramsar Site
Species of Concern

Documents

Resources

Biodiversity Conservation of the World's Lakes: A Preliminary Framework for Identifying Priorities
Carbon sequestration initiative at Catahoula Lake
Catahoula Advisory Number 104244
Catahoula Lake: view from a satellite
Modeling the bathymetry of Catahoula Lake: specialized technology for wetland management
Ramsar profile of sites in the United States

Additional Data Sources

Birkett, C., and I. Mason. 1995. A new global lakes database for remote sensing programme studying climatically sensitive large lakes. Journal of Great Lakes Research, 21 (3) 307-318.
Duker, L. and L. Borre. 2001. Biodiversity conservation of the world's lakes: a preliminary framework for identifying priorities. LakeNet Report Series Number 2. Annapolis, Maryland USA.
US EPA (2004) National Listing of Fish Advisories Database

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