Spring Bayou

Spring Bayou (HM27NO)

Location: Marksville, LA 71351 Avoyelles Parish
Country: United States of America

N 31° 7.205', W 92° 0.702'

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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

terrace near today's community of Moncla. This diversion isolated a piece of highland that became the Avoyelles Prairie and created bluffs at Moncla that would eventually make crossing the Red River in bad weather easier for settlers. The nearby town of Marksville is at the edge of the Avoyelles Prairie on a bluff that American Indians chose for a town and ceremonial grounds.

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.
Visit Atchafalaya.org for more information about this site.

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
HM NumberHM27NO
Series This marker is part of the series
Placed ByState of Louisiana and National Park Service
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Date Added Tuesday, May 22nd, 2018 at 4:01am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)31N E 166021 N 0
Decimal Degrees31.12008333, -92.01170000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 31° 7.205', W 92° 0.702'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds31° 7' 12.3" N, 92° 0' 42.12" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)318
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 101-399 Spring Bayou Boat Ramp, Marksville LA 71351, US
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