Louisiana Bayous is a web site that offers videos taken of scenes and points of interest along various Louisiana waterways including Bayou Teche, click here to see video captures, click here to see movies, Bayou Courtableau,click here to see video captures, click here to see movies, Bayou Portage, the bayous that empty into the Jaws (Bayou Choupique, Hog Bayou and Stump Bayou,click here to see video captures and the bayous near Avery Island (Bayou Carlin, Bayou Tigre, Bayou Petit Anse and Bayou Parcperdue) which the author has explored since the 1960's and videoed since 1991.
Bayou Courtableau is a bayou in South Central Louisiana that flows through the towns of Porte Barre and Washington. It emptys into the Atchafalaya River but is discontinuous at the Atchafalaya Basin where it is interrupted by a levee and a flood control structure.
About 5 miles upstream from Porte Barre, Bayou Waukesha emptys into Bayou Courtableau. Approximately 3 miles upstream from the town of Washington, Bayou Courtableau changes its name and appearance to Bayou Cocodrie, which is probably the reason for the name change. The species of trees changes at this point making Bayou Cocodrie appear more like Bayou Teche (considerable Willow Trees along its banks) than Bayou Courtableau (mostly Cherry Bark Oak).
Also Bayou Boeuf emptys into Bayou Courtableau/Cocodrie here and less that 50 yards upstream you can see a small highway bridge crossing the bayou. The mouth of Bayou Boeuf is so narrow that the author has not, until recently, realized that this tributary was a significant geographical feature. It is possible to go upstream for a few yards past the bridge, then the vegetation from both banks makes progress too slow.
About 5 miles upstream from the point at which Bayou Boeuf emptys into Bayou Courtableau/Cocodrie, Bayou Cocodrie becomes a canal which continues for about 20 minutes at 12 miles per hour. After this the waterway takes on the characteristics of a bayou once again. There is a discrepancy between the author's observations and the information presented in the literature which indicates that this canal feature continues for a much greater distance (at least 15 miles).
About 5 miles above this canal Bayou Cocodrie passes under a four lane highway, whose bridge is blocked by trash (branches from 1 to 4 inches in diameter). As of April 2007 this blockage prevents further travel upstream.
Also if you are thinking of traveling along Bayou Cocodrie it is best to bring along with you some basic comforts including drinking water, food, and cell phone (for calling for help) as there are numerous tracts of uninhabited territory in which should a break down of boat motor occur this would mean a half a day to a day or two of relative inconvenience.
Video Captures of scenes and points of interest along Bayou Courtableau can be viewed by using the Bayou Courtableau Photos Page Link below. Movies of Bayou Courtableau can be viewed by using the Bayou Courtableau Movies Page Link below.
During the Civil War Confederates prevented Federal Troops from getting a cannon in their possession by placing the cannon on a bridge near the mouth of Bayou Boeuf and setting fire to the bridge so that the cannon would fall into the middle of the bayou which today is about 5 feet deep.
When they were boys a friend of my father's took my father with him to try to probe for this cannon with a pipe which they succeeded in finding but made no attempt to recover. My father could not remember exactly where he and his friend found the cannon but since there is a bridge across Bayou Bouef now there is a good chance that the cannon is near this bridge, he could only remember that it seemed to him that the place looked like "3 bayous coming together".
As far as the author knows this cannon has never been recovered.
If you would like to purchase on DVD click here for price list Louisiana Bayous Part 1: a video of scenes and points of interest taken along Bayou Courtableau, a bayou in South Central Louisiana that flows through the towns of Porte Barre and Washington, click the buy now button below
The Vermilion River is a bayou in South Louisiana that flows through the towns of Perry, Abbeville, Milton and Lafayette and the little community of Long Bridge. It emptys into Vermilion Bay after crossing the Intracoastal Waterway near Intracoastal City.
About 2 miles upstream from Vermilion Bay the Vermilion River crosses the Intracoastal Waterway. Eight miles upstream from Vermillion Bay the Vermilion River passes the Port of Vermilion and 15 miles upstream of Vermilion Bay it passes through Perry Louisiana. Seventeen miles upstream of Vermilion Bay the Vermilion River passes through the town of Abbeville and twenty six miles upstream of Vermilion Bay the Vermilion River passes through the town of Milton. Thirty six miles upstream of Vermilion bay the Vermilion River passes through the City of Lafayette.
About 3 miles upstream from Lafayette, The Ruth Canal emptys into the Vermilion River after beginning from Bayou Teche near Ruth. Approximately 5 miles upstream from Lafayette the Vermilion River passes though the little community of Long Bridge. During the 1970's the several permanently closed bridges that crossed the Vermilion River at various places (The Breaux Bridge Highway, Carmel Drive in Long Bridge, East Gloria Switch Road and Old Highway 726) were choked with trash making it impossible to continue upstream any farther.
As of April, 2004 it is possible to go upstream for about 19 miles before a bridge is reached which is obstructed with trash (mostly tree branches).
In October of 1965 I loaded 15 gallons of gasoline into my 14 foot aluminum boat and proceeded up stream at 7:00 a.m. on a Saturday to explore Bayou Teche as far as I could go in a 10 hour day. I took Andre Larroque with me and we proceeded through the towns of New Iberia and Loreauville, click here to see video captures, until we arrived at the Keystone Locks control structure, click here to see video captures, click here to see movie.
We considered that at least we would have to unload our boat and carry it by hand above the dam which was part of the structure. In an attempt to get permission from the officials at the office building to carry our boat above the lock we discovered to our great relief that it would be possible for the operator of the lock to open it for us so that we could pass through to the level above.
Passing through the locks was a very educating experience as we watched the water in the lock slowly rise while we sat in our boat. As the opening between the lock gates became large enough for our boat to pass through safely we continued up stream through the towns of St. Martinville, click here to see video captures, and Parks until, on using up half of our 10 hour day, we arrived at a very large Live Oak Tree along the bayou just short of the bridge in the little town of Ruth.
Here Andre and I remained for about 60 minutes while we had our lunch and explored the immediate area. Before leaving we placed a cement block with our names and date carved into it and left it covered by some Spanish Moss at the base of the Oak Tree, click here to see video capture.