Know Atchafalaya Heritage
Understand the Lingo
of the Commercial Fisherman, Hunters, and Trappers
The Bayous, streams/waterways, canals, and sloughs are the Veins of the Atchafalaya.
Part of every young commercial fisherman's, trapper and hunters heritage in the Atchafalaya Basin is learning the lingo used by the old swampers to describe certain areas of the swamp. It goes without saying that the lower Atchafalaya Basin in total is just a large network of integrated waterways.
However, sometimes the swampers will identify smaller networks of integrated waterways and use a special term and or name to group the waterways into one name.
These smaller networks of integrated waterways usually develop a name that may be different from some of the individual waterways and/or less specific in the network. Typically it is a short way to make a general reference to an area.
Thus, when a term like, I passed through the ‘Cutoff’ is spoken other fishermen immediately know where / what they are talking about.
There are many of these named smaller networks of integrated waterways areas in the Atchafalaya, known to the swampers. L.O.L. but not known to United States Geological Service, responsible for maps in the Atchafalaya and or to the weekend warriors who travel the Spillway.
In the Bayou Pigeon – Grand Lake Vector of the basin. Right off the bat, I can think of “The Road”, The “Cutoff”, “The Reed”, “Gilmore Road”, “The Skiddy”, etc..
This is a description/history about one of those areas, known as ‘The Cutoff” inside the Bayou Pigeon sector. Known only to the few who remember, old Bayou Pigeon...
1892 – 1906 Map of Grand Lake - Bayou Pigeon Vector of the Atchafalaya Basin
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