About Lake Martin Louisiana

About Lake Martin Louisiana
About Lake Martin Louisiana

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In 1950 the State of Louisiana and land owners around Lake Martin Swamp entered into a lease agreement that allowed the state to build and keep up a levee encircling Lake Martin to maintain a deeper constant water depth for the purpose of creating a public hunting and fishing preserve. This levee stopped the seasonal water fluctuations that are characteristic of backwater swamps turning a large portion of this swampy wetland area into an impoundment. As an added bonus the impoundment created an environment very attractive to alligators and wading birds. The wading birds now utilize the area for feeding, roosting and rookery purposes. This area supports one of Louisiana’s largest populations of alligators of over 10 feet long.

Once the Mississippi River changed course, around three thousand years ago, sediments that were gradually filling in the Cypress Island/Lake Martin Swamp largely disappeared, leaving this swamp in a state of “suspended animation” awaiting the return of the Mississippi River and its dynamic land building forces.

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Little had changed until the early 1900’s when a canal was dug through the swamp to connect the Bayou Teche to the Vermillion River just north of Lake Martin. The main reason for this canal was to help stop saltwater intrusion on the lower Vermillion River, which is actually an estuary, allowing more land to be utilized for agriculture.

This ridge of land is where many Acadians came to start their new lives after cruelly being exiled from their new homeland, Acadia, by the British in 1755.

The swamp tour site is Cypress Island/Lake Martin Swamp, a backwater swampy area cut off from the main Atchafalaya River Basin Swamp by a long, wide, low ridge of land called the Teche Ridge. Named for the bayou that occupies the old Mississippi River bed today. The Teche Ridge was formed over three thousand years ago by the Mississippi River’s seasonal flooding and deposition of sediments from an area comprising thirty-two of today’s United States.

About Lake Martin Swamp Tours

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Cajun Country Swamp Tours
Breaux Bridge Louisiana
337-319-0010
About Us

      Cajun Country Swamp Tours, owner, Walter “Butch” Guchereau, grew up on a small Cajun farm located on the banks of the Bayou Teche in Breaux Bridge, La. where he still resides today.  From early on his father introduced him to the swamps of Cajun Country which he fell in love with.  By hunting, sport and commercial fishing and just plain exploring he came to know the swamps like his own backyard.  Butch put himself through college by working summers on dredge boats located in Louisiana on the Mississippi and Atchafalaya River systems where he experienced the dynamic forces that have built the land of Acadiana over the last 25,000 years.  He learned how the rivers, bayous, wetland areas, man’s interventions and coastal erosion are all intertwined and constantly changing.
       The countless enjoyable hours he has spent in the swamplands of Cajun Country coupled with college degrees in Zoology and Botany has given Butch a rich insight into the ecology of  Louisiana swamps.  Interlaced with natural history he relates how the ever resourceful Acadians developed the Cajun Culture around the swamp ecosystem of Cajun Country.

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        Your swamp tour is taken personally by Cajun Country Swamp Tours because we know that for many of you this maybe your only trip to Cajun Country and it is important to us that everyone’s swamp tour in Cajun Country is both pleasurable and memorable.  Swamp ecotours are taken by appointment and we try to schedule the swamp tours in such a manner as not to rush your experience.  My swamp tour boats can accommodate groups of 2 to 48 people.  Arrangements for larger groups can be made.
         The swamp tour boat, which is an open Cajun crawfish skiff, is powered by an extremely quiet, environmentally friendly, 4-stroke outboard motor. The water intake of this outboard motor has been fixed so that shallow water muck and thick vegetation are not a problem. This very quiet motor, the small groups of guest and the relatively small size of the swamp tour boat allows for some great wildlife viewing.
          My son, Shawn, and I have spent most of our lives either learning about or earning an income from the swamps of Cajun Country – this is where we want to be.  The swamps are our passion and Joie de Vivre (Joy of Life), and sharing a few hours with people who love and enjoy nature and the great outdoors is an enjoyable experience for us. Our personal experiences and observations along with my educational background enables us to give you an insightful eco-journey into the swamplands of Acadiana that is educational, enjoyable and entertaining; and just maybe with a serving of Cajun Hospitality this will not be your only trip to Cajun Country.

In 1950 the State of Louisiana and land owners around Lake Martin Swamp entered into a lease agreement that allowed the state to build and keep up a levee encircling Lake Martin to maintain a deeper constant water depth for the purpose of creating a public hunting and fishing preserve. This is one of many States Lakes in Louisiana. This levee stopped the seasonal water fluctuations that are characteristic of backwater swamps turning a large portion of this swampy wetland area into an impoundment. As an added bonus the impoundment created an environment very attractive to alligators and wading birds. The wading birds now utilize the area for feeding, roosting and rookery purposes. This area supports one of Louisiana’s largest populations of alligators of over 10 feet long.

Once the Mississippi River changed course, around three thousand years ago, sediments that were gradually filling in the Cypress Island/Lake Martin Swamp largely disappeared, leaving this swamp in a state of “suspended animation” awaiting the return of the Mississippi River and its dynamic land building forces.
Little had changed until the early 1900’s when a canal was dug through the swamp to connect the Bayou Teche to the Vermillion River just north of Lake Martin. The main reason for this canal was to help stop saltwater intrusion on the lower Vermillion River, which is actually an estuary, allowing more land to be utilized for agriculture.

This ridge of land is where many Acadians came to start their new lives after cruelly being exiled from their new homeland, Acadia, by the British in 1755.

The swamp tour site is Cypress Island/Lake Martin Swamp, a backwater swampy area cut off from the main Atchafalaya River Basin Swamp by a long, wide, low ridge of land called the Teche Ridge. Named for the bayou that occupies the old Mississippi River bed today. The Teche Ridge was formed over three thousand years ago by the Mississippi River’s seasonal flooding and deposition of sediments from an area comprising thirty-two of today’s United States.