FRESHWATER BAYOU: Latitude = 29.532683, Longitude = -92.308595, Zoom=13
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Freshwater Bayou is a 23.1 mile navigation channel located in southern Louisiana. The channel extends from the northern boundary at
mile 161.2 of the Gulf Intercoastal Waterway (GIWW), west of Harvey Lock, down to the 12 foot depth contour in the Gulf of Mexico.
Freshwater Bayou Lock is located at approximately mile 1.5. The purpose is to
provide access to the Gulf of Mexico for Intracoastal City and Abbeville Harbor and Terminal District, as well as the GIWW.
The project also includes Freshwater Bayou Lock, which prevents saltwater intrusion into the Mermentau Basin. The basin has
several hundred thousand acres of rice and crawfish farms which rely on freshwater.