Ft. Buhlow DGC Flooding page.

At the Red River gauge at Alexandria, the pertinent height for flooding at Buhlow is 23' with the following tentative reference numbers:

23'    Water starts to come out of the ditch in front of the P16 tee box.
24'    P16 is mostly unplayable and water is moving out into the P17 fairway and around the ramps on te bridge near P15.
25'    Water is  behind the P9  basket, around the G15 and G16 baskets and over the G16 tee box. 18 is playable with water to the right. The P17 tee is surrounded but still dry.
26'    P9, P15, P16, P17, P18, G3, G13, G15 and G16 are unplayable.
26.5'    This is the approzimate height of the bottom of basket on the P16 target.
27'    Top of the road at its low point where the ditch crosses the road between P16 basket and G16 tee. P7, G9, G10, G11 and G12 become unplayable.
28'    P1-6 and most of Gold now unplayable and access to Disc Golf Parking lot likely shut down. Few holes accessible.
30'    Creeks at Kees Park start backing up.


Red River at Alexandria   (Normal Pool at 20')                                                          Red River at Grand Ecore (Natchitoches) (~1 day)

Flood Graph AEX        River Graph Grand Ecore

Red River at Coushatta (~2 days)                                                                             Red River at Shreveport (3 days)

River Graph Coushatta        River Graph Shreve


There are five main lakes that contribute to the Red River's flow. The most important is Lake Texoma which is a reservoir of the Red River, followed by Millwood, Hugo, Wright Patman and Caddo. The amount of water released from those lakes accounts for about 3/4 of the Red River Flow at Alexandria during most flooding events. The following is the release information from those lakes.


Lake Graph Texoma


Lake Graph Hugo

Millwood (Normal Pool Level is 259.2')

The following tailwater (FT-MSL) numbers are approximations subject to change (and may affected by RR water level):

229                           1,000 cfs
232                           4,000 cfs
237'                          9,000 cfs
240'                        14,000 cfs
243'                        18,000 cfs
245'                        20,000 cfs
252'                        25,000 cfs

Lake Graph Millwood
Wright Patman


Lake Graph Caddo

Other, less important lakes and tributaries are Bistineau, Pat Mayse, Bayou Pierre and Black Lake. Flooding that does not involve Texoma, Hugo, Millwood or some combination of those three will typically not last more than a couple of weeks.

To check condition further upstream of the five primary lakes, check the reservoirs and rivers upstream from them.

Texoma collects runoff from Northeast New Mexico, South Central Oklahoma and a wide swath of Northwest Texas and the Texas panhandle.
Hugo collects runoff from South Central Oklahoma, before emptying into the Red River east of Texoma.
Millwood is a reservoir of the Little River in Southwest Arkansas and collects runoff from Southeast Oklahoma and the Oklahoma/Arkansas border area including Broken Bow and Pine Creek lakes.
Wright-Patman is the water supply for Texarkana and drains the extreme northeast corner of Texas. Its contribution to the Red River during flooding remains constant at about 10,000 cfs.
Caddo Lake is an impoundment of Cypress Bayou which collects runoff from Lakes Cypress Springs, Monticello, Bob Sandlin, Lake O' The Pines and Ellision Creek Reservoir and then empties into the Red River just north of Shreveport.
Bistineau is an impoundment of Bayou Dorcheat which collects water from an area between Shreveport and Minden and the Arkansas border north of that area.
Pat Mayse is a small lake in Northeast Texas that drains directly into the Red.
Bayou Pierre collects water between the Red River and Sabine to the south of Shreveport and empties into the Red south of Natchitoches.
Black Lake collects water from an area south of Coushatta and to the east of the Red River. It empties into Black Lake Bayou which, in turn, empties into the Red north of Natchitoches.


The following graphic shows the predicted dates for an abrupt, 40,000 cfs flow reduction from Texoma to move down river. The reliability deteriorates the further downriver the trough moves due to flattening out.