UPDATE (04/11/2023): On April 11, 2023, officials of the Black Bayou Lake National Wildlife Refuge announced that the test results from the blue-green algae water samples confirmed that there weren’t any toxins detected. According to officials, they will continue to monitor the situation.

MONROE, La. (KTVE/KARD) — On Saturday, March 25, 2023, Black Bayou Lake announced that they experienced a cyanobacteria bloom. Some cyanobacterial species are known to be toxic, and officials advised everyone to remain cautious and avoid contact with the water.

Officials will keep you updated as they learn more and will give everyone as much notice as possible if they need to close access to the lake and pier.