Bottomland hardwood forests are seasonally flooded and are commonly known as swamps. These areas once covered great regions of the South but are now a patchwork system of fragmented lands.
Great swamps had many things that attracted early visitors. Game & fish included crawfish, fist, beaver, ducks, alligators and many more. The lumber was one of the great resources of this country. Swamps had two advantages for early loggers; They were made up of valuable hardwoods, especially rot resistant cypress, and waterways made it easy to transport logs. Most swamps were clear-cut by the early 1900's.
Some of the land was converted into farmland and is still used to raise sugar cane, soybeans and other crops. The remaining swamp is a shadow of what it once was, but it can become a land of great trees once again. Planting efforts by citizens and government agencies have helped speed up the recovery of the swamp.
Location. 30° 25.465′ N, 91° 40.354′ W. Marker is in Krotz Springs, Louisiana, in St. Landry Parish. Marker can be reached from Bayou Manuel Road 1½ miles
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 12 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Big Alabama Bayou (within shouting distance of this marker); Atchafalaya Floodway (approx. 2.6 miles away); Atchafalaya River (approx. 6½ miles away); Louisiana Airborne Memorial Bridge (approx. 6½ miles away); a different marker also named Atchafalaya River (approx. 10 miles away); a different marker also named Atchafalaya Floodway (approx. 10.2 miles away); a different marker also named Atchafalaya River (approx. 11.2 miles away); Livonia Mounds (approx. 12 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Krotz Springs.
More about this marker. Located in the Atchafalaya swamp. May be under water at certain times of year or floods.
Whiskey Bay Highway and Bayou Manuel Road are gravel. Take any necessary steps for visit.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 8, 2019. This page originally submitted on June 8, 2019, by Cajun Scrambler of Assumption, Louisiana. This page has been viewed 51 times since then. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on June 8, 2019.