Bayou Teche, click here to see video captures, click here to see movies, begins in Porte Barre flowing out click here to see movie of Bayou Courtableau. It continues downstream passing through the town of Leonville until it reaches the town of Arnaudville. Bayou Fusilier begins in Arnaudville at a point just past the bridge that crosses the Teche. At this time there is a dam on Bayou Fusilier approximately 1 mile down stream from its source but in earlier years it was possible to proceed down stream to the Vermillion River into which Bayou Fusilier emptys.
After passing Arnaudville the Teche continues through the town of Cecilia which has a visually interesting bridge across the bayou. The bridge is similar to the bridges which cross Bayou Courtableau in the towns of Porte Barre and Washington. After Cecilia the bayou comes to the town of Breaux Bridge the home of the Louisiana Crayfish Festival. The Church with it's twin steeples is impressive from the bayou.
During shooting of Louisiana Bayous Part 2 the author became aware, while travelling at a slower speed, of the grandeur of relatively numerous large and beautiful Live Oak trees click here to see movie along both banks of the bayou between Breaux Bridge and Arnaudville. The beauty of these Live Oak Trees had gone previously unnoticed due to a faster rate of speed used on earlier boat trips. The trees are all very large and old and their varying tree branch structure is strikingly pleasing aesthetically.
This rate of speed which is about 2 to 4 miles per hour is used now on all boat trips in order not to overlook anything either visually or photographically. After Breaux Bridge one passes through the towns of Ruth and Parks coming to the town of St. Martinville the home of the Evangeline Oak, click here to see video capture, made famous by Emmeline Labiche and Louis Arceneaux.
About 2 to 3 miles downstream from St. Martinville, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers built the Keystone Locks and Control Structure, click here to see video captures, click here to see movie, in order to raise the water level of the bayou up stream from that point. It is necessary to give 24 hours advanced notice before passing through the locks.
Bayou Teche next passes though the town of Loreauville before coming to the parish seat of Iberia Parish, the town of New Iberia, click here to see video captures. It then passes through the town of Jeanerette, the author's home town. The bayou then continues down stream through the towns of Charenton and Baldwin passing through Irish Bend, the site of the Civil War "Battle of Irish Bend", until it reaches the town of Franklin the parish seat of St. Mary Parish and the home of the author's great grandfather Frank Placide Perret.
During the civil war the gunboat Diana was run aground deliberately in order to prevent it from coming into the possession of the Federal Navy. This wreck has been worked by Torger Brown of Jeanerette. When he was a boy in Franklin he would dive for artifacts among which were pistols, swords, the ship's bell, cannon balls, minnie balls and other items of historical significance. These artifacts are in a building on his property in Jeanerette which is near the Moresi Foundry.
The Teche then comes to the town of Garden City. On the north bank of the bayou, just about in the center of the community there is the remains of a structure click here to see video captures which the author believes may be a boat that went aground there possibly as early as the middle of the nineteenth century. The bolts that are visible in the wreck appear to date from that period.
The bayou then continues through the towns of Centerville and Verdunville until it comes to the Wax Lake Outlet Flood Control Structure click here to see video capture. After the Wax Lake Outlet the bayou empties click here to see video capture, click here to see movie, into the Lower Atchafalaya River click here to see video captures, click here to see movie. It is easy to miss this geographical feature due to the interruption of the Lower Atchafalaya River at this point by a levee which was constructed to control flooding by the Atchafalaya River. After the mouth of Bayou Teche the Lower Atchafalaya river passes though the towns of Patterson and Bayou Vista before coming to the Berwick Lock through which one gets into the Atchafalaya River.
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Louisiana Bayous Part 2: a video of scenes and points of interest taken between the towns of Breaux Bridge and Arnaudville along Bayou Teche,
Louisiana Bayous Part 3: a video of scenes and points of interest taken between the towns of Arnaudville and Port Barre along Bayou Teche,
Louisiana Bayous Part 5: a video of scenes and points of interest taken along Bayou Teche from St. Martinville to Breaux Bridge - Including the Two Mile Section of the Bayou Between the Keystone Locks and St. Martinville,
Louisiana Bayous Part 6: a video of scenes and points of interest taken along Bayou Teche from Jeanerette to the Loreauville Canal,
Louisiana Bayous Part 7: a video of scenes and points of interest taken along Bayou Teche from the Loreauville Canal to the Keystone Locks,
Louisiana Bayous Part 8: a video of scenes and points of interest taken along Bayou Teche from Jeanerette to Columbia - a Non-Functional Old Sugar Mill,
Louisiana Bayous Part 9: a video of scenes and points of interest taken along Bayou Teche from Columbia to the Wax Lake Outlet or
Louisiana Bayous Part 10: a video of scenes and points of interest taken along Bayou Teche from the Wax Lake Outlet to the Berwick Locks click the buy now button below
The Hanson Canal click here to see video captures begins on Bayou Teche just below the town of Franklin where it flows through an old non-functional and partially disassembled lock called the Hanson Canal Lock. It continues south flowing under Highway 90 until it reaches a fork in it's course, the canal taking the western fork. About 2 to 3 miles past this fork another fork is reached where the waterway diverges southwest though Bayou Portage where there are many small Live Oak Trees with flowing Spanish Moss and the Hanson Canal running northeast down a less esthetically pleasing course.
The author has produced the video "Louisiana Bayous Part 4" in which there has been inserted considerable footage of Bayou Portage, an esthetically and uniquely pleasing natural setting consisting of the Live Oak Trees on both banks with draping Spanish Moss. The effect of the wind moving this moss has to be seen to be appreciated. Bayou Portage runs for about 1 to 2 miles before emptying into the Franklin Canal and the Hanson Canal continues for about a mile before emptying into the Franklin Canal.
Cow Island Bayou flows south into the Intracoastal Waterway about 2 to 3 miles east of the point at which the Franklin Canal emptys into the Intracoastal Waterway. The Franklin Canal like the Hanson Canal passes under Highway 90. Cow Island Bayou is a bayou that flows mainly through marshland and has four or five nice camps on its banks that are used as places from which one can hunt or fish.
Stump Bayou click here to see video captures is one of three beautiful bayous that empty into the Jaws, an estuary that serves to direct the flow of these bayous into West Cote Blanche Bay. The Charenton drainage and navigation canal also emptys into the Jaws and provides a route to the Intracoastal Waterway for barge traffic carrying unrefined sugar from the area Sugar Mills (those in Breaux Bridge and St. Martinville, Cajun Sugar Coop, Patout Sugar Mill, St. Mary Sugar Refinery and Sterling Sugar Coop). The barges also carry shells for use in the towns of New Iberia, Jeanerette, Charenton, Baldwin and Franklin.
If you would like to purchase click here for price list Louisiana Bayous Part 4: a video of scenes and points of interest taken along Bayou Portage, Cow Island Bayou and Stump Bayou, click the buy now button below