Cane River

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For other uses, see Cane River (disambiguation).
Fountain in the historic Cane River in Natchitoches, Louisiana
Cane River, formerly the Red River, in Natchitoches.

Cane River (Rivière aux Cannes) is a 36-mile-long (58 km) lake and 30-mile-long (48 km) river[1] formed from a portion of the Red River that is located in Natchitoches Parish, Louisiana. In the 19th and 20th centuries, it has been best known as the site of a historic Creole de couleur[2] (multiracial) culture that has centers upon the National Historic Landmark Melrose Plantation and nearby St. Augustine Church St. Augustine Parish (Isle Brevelle) Church.

Cane River Lake was widely publicized between 1966 and 1979 by the nationally known outdoorsman Grits Gresham, host (with Curt Gowdy) of ABC's The American Sportsman and author of numerous books and columns on hunting, fishing, and guns.


  1. ^ U.S. Geological Survey. National Hydrography Dataset high-resolution flowline data. The National Map, accessed June 3, 2011
  2. ^ The term of multiracial background créole was applied to all individuals born in the colony of parents from another continent, regardless of color, and to their offspring. Free Creole citizens of multiracial origins were classed Creoles of color, gens de couleur libre, or free people of color. Today, the term Créole, when applied to Louisianians, usually references its historically distinct multiracial culture.

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