Neighborhoods and Activities in Baton Rouge


Bayou Manchac one of Louisiana's Historic Waterways

Bayou Manchac forms the boundary between parishes of East Baton Rouge and Ascension


Bayou Manchac is an eighteen-mile waterway that forms the boundary between the parishes of East Baton Rouge and Ascension.  Bayou Manchac was a vital link from the Mississippi River to the Amite River and on to the Gulf of Mexico.

French explorer Pierre LeMoyne (sieur d'Iberville) saw the tall cypress pole smeared with animal blood that he described on a map as "le baton rouge".  He turned off the Mississippi River and onto what would later be called Bayou Manchac in 1699.  He wrote about it that night while camping at what is now named Alligator Bayou.  In 2009 Bayou Manchac officially became the state of Louisiana's second historic waterway.  This waterway has been used by everyone from Native Americans and French explorers to nineteenth century steamboat captains and twentieth century loggers and fishermen.

Boyou Manchac south of Baton Rouge separates East Baton Rouge Parish and Ascension and Iberville Parishes

Development along the banks of Bayou Manchac has increased from 7 camps in 1951 to more than 2000 now acording to the state Department of Transportation and Development.  Here is one camp along Camp Road in Ascension Parish.  The historic designation gives the state Department of Wildlife and fisheries some control over development on the Bayou.

Camp Road, Prairieville, LA, Ascension Parish

 Bayou Manchac links the Mississippi River to the Amite River and on to the gulf of Mexico thru Lake Ponchatrain












Comment balloon 2 commentsAnn Dail • February 14 2010 03:17PM


right now it doesn't look like the Department is doing anything to control how developers block the bayou for newer development, take the money and let the older homes flood out. :(

Posted by Elle Chardon almost 4 years ago

With this historic flood, both old and new homes have flooded.  Flood leverls were many feet above any recorded history.

Posted by Ann Dail, Broker/Realtor,CRS, ePRO, SRS, B.A.Chem (Baton Rouge Area Homes, Louisiana, USA, 225-761-0551) almost 4 years ago