Cypress Island Preserve
—Atchafalaya Water Heritage Trail —In the early 1950s, a five mile levee was built around a naturally occurring open body of water within a cypress-tupelo swamp to hold water throughout the year. This created Lake Martin as it is known today.Located in the heart of Acadian Louisiana, Lake Martin (formerly known as Lake la Pointe) is a naturally occurring open body of water within a cypress-tupelo swamp. Historically, each fall and winter this low area would fill with rainwater and backwater from the Vermilion River and Bayou Teche. It would drain gradually through the spring and become essentially dry in summer. In the early 1950s, private landowners and a local agency agreed to construct a five-mile levee around the lake and forested areas to hold water throughout the year. The impounded area within the levee was designated as a fish and game preserve open for public recreation. Today Lake Martin is approximately 765 acres, with about 200 acres of open water and the rest a permanently-flooded cypress-tupelo swamp. Property around Lake Martin is still entirely private. Public use of surrounding woodlands, other than walking on identified trails, is by permission only.
|Placed By||State of Louisiana and National Park Service|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Friday, March 2nd, 2018 at 4:01pm PST -08:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||15R E 605798 N 3341782|
|Decimal Degrees||30.20293333, -91.90083333|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 30° 12.176', W 91° 54.05'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||30° 12' 10.56" N, 91° 54' 2.9999999999998" W|
|Driving Directions||Google Maps|
|Which side of the road?||Marker is on the right when traveling North|
|Closest Postal Address||At or near 1288-1398 Prairie Hwy, LA , US|
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