Bayou Macon

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Bayou Macon
Bayou Macon.jpg
Bayou Macon as seen from Poverty Point Reservoir State Park
Map of the Tensas River Basin, including Bayou Macon
CountryUnited States
StatesArkansas, Louisiana
Physical characteristics
 - locationDesha County, Arkansas
 - coordinates33°46′15″N 91°26′15″W / 33.77094°N 91.43762°W / 33.77094; -91.43762
MouthConfluence with the Tensas River
 - location
Catahoula Parish, Louisiana
 - coordinates
31°54′49″N 91°32′52″W / 31.91349°N 91.54790°W / 31.91349; -91.54790
Length218 mi (351 km)

Bayou Macon is a bayou in Arkansas and Louisiana. It begins in Desha County, Arkansas, and flows south, between the Boeuf River to its west and the Mississippi River to its east, before joining Joe's Bayou south of Delhi in Richland Parish, Louisiana. Bayou Macon is about 218 miles (351 km) long.[1]

The bayou area saw action during the American Civil War including from the 1st Regiment Kansas Volunteer Infantry in May 1863 in the areas then known as Caledonia and Pin Hook.[2][3]

L. D. Knox of Winnsboro, a perennial Louisiana political candidate, owned approximately 1,400 acres (5.7 km2) of Bayou Macon land which he hand cleared and cultivated in what he considered to have been an aberrant but advanced style of agriculture.[4]

This 1962 bridge over Bayou Macon (2013 photograph) between East and West Carroll Parish in northeastern Louisiana was replaced effective March 24, 2014 with a new structure valued at $4.6 million. Some seven hundred vehicles on Louisiana Highway 134 cross the bridge daily. Governor Bobby Jindal came to West Carroll Parish for the bridge dedication.[5]

The Bayou Macon Wildlife Management Area comprises 6,919 acres in East Carroll Parish and was acquired by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries in 1991.[6]


  1. ^ U.S. Geological Survey. National Hydrography Dataset high-resolution flowline data. The National Map Archived 2012-04-05 at WebCite, accessed June 3, 2011
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  4. ^ "Obituary of L.D. Knox". ’’Monroe News Star’’, June 1, 2009. Archived from the original on March 1, 2012. Retrieved June 6, 2009.
  5. ^ "Jindal celebrates bridge opening in West Carroll, March 24, 2014". Monroe News-Star. Archived from the original on March 25, 2014. Retrieved March 25, 2014.
  6. ^ "Bayou Macon | Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries". Retrieved 2017-05-05.

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