Spring Bayou Wildlife Management Area
—Atchafalaya Water Heritage Trail —
Spring Bayou in located within the Spring Bayou Wildlife Management Area, which spans more than 12,000 acres in the low-lying , poorly drained Red River backwater system.
Spring Bayou is located within Spring Bayou Wildlife Management Area, which spans more than 12,000 acres in the low-lying, poorly drained Red River backwater system. About 40 percent of the area is covered by water that flows into Little River.
Spring Bayou WMA includes Grand Lake, Grand Coulee, Coulee Noir, Lac aux Siene, Lac a Deux Boute, Lac Tete de Bouef, Lake Francois, Lake Gabriel, Petite Bay, Old River, Bayou de la Bay, Central Slough and a portion of Bayou Cocodrie. The names of these lakes, coulees, bays, bayous, sloughs and small rivers reflect the French origins of colonial occupation and settlement in the region. These same waterbodies are relict channels of the Red River and have arcing, curvilinear forms all in the same direction. The outermost of the “arcs” within the Spring Bayou WMA is Old River—a distributary outlet of the Mississippi. Further south, the Red River and a separate waterbody referred to as Old River join forces to form the Atchafalaya River and its extensive basin.
When the Red River diverted its course about 2,000 years ago, it made a right angle bend to the northeast and cut through the Pleistocene
Today, Spring Bayou WMA is abundant in wildlife and a popular destination for sportsmen. It is accessible by vehicle on the east side via an improved shell road off the Bordelonville levee, but the best way to explore the area is via the water. The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and the Spring Bayou Restoration Team have worked for many years to reduce aquatic overgrowth, remove invasive species and improve navigation here.
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This site’s geology/geomorphology: Holocene natural levee deposits of the distributary course of the Bayou Teche occupation of Mississippi River adjacent to backswamp deposits
Erected by State of Louisiana and National Park Service.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Atchafalaya Water Heritage Trail marker series.
Location. 31° 7.205′ N, 92° 0.702′
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Marksville Mounds (approx. 2.3 miles away); Alfred Greenhouse, Sr. Home (approx. 2.4 miles away); Holy Ghost Catholic Church (approx. 3 miles away); Holy Ghost Catholic School (approx. 3.1 miles away); Marksville Baptist Church (approx. 3.1 miles away); Dr. John Ware's Mule Tramway Site (approx. 3.1 miles away); Belle Oak (approx. 3.1 miles away); Marksville Methodist Church (approx. 3.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Marksville.
Categories. • Environment • Waterways & Vessels •
Credits. This page was last revised on May 22, 2018. This page originally submitted on May 22, 2018, by Cajun Scrambler of Assumption, Louisiana. This page has been viewed 65 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on May 22, 2018.