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Atchafalaya Basin West Containment Levee

The western containment levee of the Atchafalaya Basin at “Charenton Beach” offers an authentically rustic view into this massive swamp, the largest river swamp in North America. The boat launch is definitely utilitarian – a “working man’s boat launch” – and is used primarily by local fishermen. Just north of the boat launch, the water becomes very shallow as it runs eastward into the swamp proper, proving attractive to Spotted Sandpiper, Black-necked Stilt, and other shorebirds. Be sure to scan the horizons for large wading birds such as Anhinga and Great Egret, as well as Osprey, Bald Eagle, and other raptors (especially during the late fall, winter, and early spring months). The black willow-dominated woodland located just outside of the levee is often teaming with songbirds such as Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, White-eyed Vireo, Carolina Wren, Eastern Towhee, Swamp Sparrow (winter) and White-throated Sparrow (winter)

St. Mary Parish
70523 W Atchafalaya Basin Spillway Levee
Franklin 70538
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