LDWF Schedules Drawdown for Mill Creek Reservoir

By Brad Dison

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and the Mill Creek Lake Commission have scheduled a drawdown on Mill Creek Reservoir, commonly referred to as Saline Lake.  The Lake Commission plans to lower the lake beginning August 15, 2022.

This drawdown is for shoreline maintenance and erosion control.

The lake will be lowered 4 to 6 inches per day until it reaches the target goal of 8 feet below normal pool stage.  The lake will be held at this level until about January 15, 2023, at which time the water control gate will be closed and the lake allowed to refill.


  • There is no fee to launch a boat from the boat launch near the dam.
  • There is a $10 fee per car to enter the Point.
  • Camping at the Point in a camper is $30 per night.
  • Camping in a tent at the Point is $15 per night.
  • The Watergate is closed until repairs to the dock can be made.

Fishing during a drawdown is usually good because the fish are concentrated in a smaller area.  Last week, I cast my underwater camera off of the boat launch and spillway at Mill Creek to see what fish lurked in those areas.  I expected to only see a few bream.  Take a look at the videos below to see what the underwater camera caught.

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