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Swan Lake, Louisiana

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The location of Swan Lake

Introduction ...

Below is our collection of tidbits, odds 'n ends for Swan Lake.

This page contains eight sections:

Outdoor Activities ...

As we travel, we like to pursue some of our interests (such as astronomy and bird watching).

When in Swan Lake, we use the following websites to find information relevant to Swan Lake and the surrounding area.

Weather ...

Before heading outdoors, you should check the weather:

The National Weather Service forecast for Swan Lake and surrounding area.

Astronomy ...

Whether using binoculars, a small telescope or the naked-eye, the Heavens-Above website can help amateurs find their way around the night-time sky. In addition to detailed sky charts, their website lists the visible planets, asteriods, comets, satellites and their track across the sky.

To give accurate results, Heavens-Above requires the latitude and longitude of your location. As a starting point, when we link to Heavens-Above, we pass the location for Swan Lake. Once you're on the Heavens-Above website, you can improve accuracy by giving a more precise longitude and latitude for your actual position.

The Heavens-Above Website, centered on Swan Lake.

Bird Watching ...

We enjoy finding new spots for bird watching and we use the eBird website to find local sighting reports and hotspots.

The eBird website is organized on a parish-by-parish basis. We have selected Bossier Parish as the starting point when you click on the link below:

The Bossier Parish sighting report from eBird.

Since Swan Lake is near Caddo Parish and also Webster Parish, we have provided a link to their eBird sighting reports:

Sighting report for Caddo Parish

Sighting report for Webster Parish

Waymarking ...

Looking for somewhere out of the ordinary? Find a unique place and want to share it with others? Then it's time to visit

The website, centered on Swan Lake.

How Far From Swan Lake to ...

We spend a lot of time looking through Gazetteers that were published in the late 1800's and early 1900's. Many of the Gazetteers include the distance from a community such as Swan Lake to various places of note, such as the White House.

With a nod to our favorite Gazetteers, the straight-line distance<1> beginning in Swan Lake and extending to:

  • Benton [Map], which is the Seat of Bossier Parish, lies 11 miles [17.7 km] to the North Northwest. If you could walk a straight line from Swan Lake to Benton, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take five to six hours to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take nearly four hours.
  • Baton Rouge [Map], which is the State Capital of Louisiana, lies 207 miles [333.1 km] to the Southeast (SE). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take a little over three hours, a buggy would take 8 days and walking would take 12 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 1,028 miles [1,654.4 km] to the East Northeast (ENE). Driving would take over two days, a buggy would take 41 days and walking would take 59 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,877 miles [11,067.5 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<4>
  • The distance to the Great Mosque of Mecca (specifically the Ka'bah - or Kaaba [Map]) is 7,602 miles [12,234.2 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,478 miles [8,816 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Swan Lake ...

We have found 12 communities that share the name Swan Lake.

While the name Swan Lake is unique within Louisiana, we know of another 12 communities with the same name in the United States and Canada.

Communities Outside of Louisiana

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Jefferson County

Our profile page for Swan Lake, Jefferson County   [Map]

Distance: About 160 miles [257.5 km] to the Northeast.


Henry County

Our profile page for Swan Lake, Henry County   [Map]

Distance: About 552 miles [888.4 km] to the East.

Paulding County

Our profile page for Swan Lake, Paulding County   [Map]

Distance: About 519 miles [835.2 km] to the East Northeast.


Emmet County

Our profile page for Swan Lake, Emmet County

We found mention of this community, but have little information.<7>

Although located in Emmet County, we don't know the location of this community within the parish.


Knox County

Our profile page for Swan Lake, Knox County   [Map]

Distance: About 626 miles [1,007.4 km] to the East Northeast.


Our profile page for Swan Lake   [Map]

Distance: About 1,193 miles [1,919.9 km] to the North.


Tallahatchie County

Our profile page for Swan Lake, Tallahatchie County   [Map]

Distance: About 216 miles [347.6 km] to the East Northeast.


Lake County

Our profile page for Swan Lake, Lake County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,494 miles [2,404.4 km] to the Northwest.


Holt County

Our profile page for Swan Lake, Holt County   [Map]

Distance: About 726 miles [1,168.4 km] to the North Northwest.

New York

Sullivan County

Our profile page for Swan Lake, Sullivan County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,214 miles [1,953.7 km] to the Northeast.


Caddo County

Our profile page for Swan Lake, Caddo County   [Map]

Distance: About 334 miles [537.5 km] to the Northwest.

South Dakota

Turner County

Our profile page for Swan Lake, Turner County

We found mention of this community, but have little information.

Although located in Turner County, we don't know the location of this community within the parish.

Curious and Interesting Names Near Swan Lake ...

As we travel, we always see a community with a name that gives pause. While there are names which are interesting or familiar, some catch our attention or strike our fancy. We always talk about such a name. If time permits and the community is not too far, we'll usually try to make a side-trip.

Cloverdale   -   Less than 2 miles to the West of Swan Lake   [Map]

Golden Meadows   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the South   [Map]

Good Roads   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the West   [Map]

Green Acres   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the West   [Map]

Greenacres Place   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Happy Meadows   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

Holly Ridge   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

Merrywoods   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the East   [Map]

Mimosa Gardens   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the East   [Map]

Pecan Park   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the South   [Map]

Red Chute   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the East   [Map]

River Bend   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the South   [Map]

Shady Park   -   5 miles [8 km] to the East   [Map]

Tall Timbers   -   5 miles [8 km] to the East   [Map]

Wafer Forest   -   5 miles [8 km] to the East   [Map]

Notable Births & Deaths ...

This is a new section for us and we are still collecting data.

Below is our list of notable people who were born, died or were buried in the area surrounding Swan Lake. Please note that while we are collecting data on an ongoing basis, it's a big task and it's unlikely that our list will ever be more than a sample.

Van Cliburn

Musician. He was born in Shreveport (Louisiana) on Thursday July 12, 1934 and died in Fort Worth (Texas) on Wednesday February 27, 2013 at an age of 78. He was buried at Greenwood Memorial Park (Tarrant County, Texas) [Map].

Shreveport [Map] is located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the southwest of Swan Lake

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Van Cliburn<8>

Howard Elton 'Crockett' Hausey

Singer, songwriter. He was born in Yellow Pine (Louisiana) on Friday December 25, 1925 and died in Fort Worth (Texas) on Saturday December 31, 1994 at an age of 69. He was buried at Shannon Rose Hill Memorial Park (Tarrant County, Texas) [Map].

Yellow Pine [Map] is located 20 miles [32.2 km] to the east of Swan Lake

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Howard Elton 'Crockett' Hausey

Gary Lynn 'Big Hands' Johnson

Professional football. He was born in Shreveport (Louisiana) on Sunday August 31, 1952 and died in Shreveport (Louisiana) on Wednesday August 4, 2010 at an age of 58. He was buried at Hillcrest Memorial Park (Bossier Parish, Louisiana) [Map].

Shreveport [Map] is located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the southwest of Swan Lake

Shreveport [Map] is located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the southwest of Swan Lake

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Gary Lynn 'Big Hands' Johnson

Will J. 'Dub' Jones

Musician. He was born in Shreveport (Louisiana) on Monday May 14, 1928 and died in Long Beach (California) on Sunday January 16, 2000 at an age of 71. He was buried at Riverside National Cemetery (Riverside County, California) [Map].

Shreveport [Map] is located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the southwest of Swan Lake

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Will J. 'Dub' Jones

Percy Mayfield

Songwriter. He was born in Minden (Louisiana) on Thursday August 12, 1920 and died in Los Angeles (California) on Saturday August 11, 1984 at an age of 64. He was buried at Inglewood Park Cemetery (Los Angeles County, California) [Map].

Minden [Map] is located 23 miles [37 km] to the east of Swan Lake

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Percy Mayfield

John Thomas Scopes, Sr.

Substitute schoolteacher, defendant at the 'Monkey Trial' of 1925. He was born in Paducah (Kentucky) on Friday August 3, 1900 and died in Shreveport (Louisiana) on Wednesday October 21, 1970 at an age of 70. He was buried at Oak Grove Cemetery (McCracken County, Kentucky) [Map].

Shreveport [Map] is located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the southwest of Swan Lake

Find-A-Grave Memorial: John Thomas Scopes, Sr.

Charlotte Shelby     (Born as Lily Pearl Miles Reilly)

Actress. She was born in Shreveport (Louisiana) on Wednesday December 19, 1877 and died in Santa Monica (California) on Wednesday March 13, 1957 at an age of 79.

Shreveport [Map] is located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the southwest of Swan Lake

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Charlotte Shelby

Frank Sutton     (Frank Spencer Sutton)

Actor. He was born in Clarksville (Tennessee) on Tueday October 23, 1923 and died in Shreveport (Louisiana) on Friday June 28, 1974 at an age of 50. He was buried at Greenwood Cemetery (Montgomery County, Tennessee) [Map].

Shreveport [Map] is located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the southwest of Swan Lake

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About Bossier Parish

About Louisiana

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Swan Lake. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

The official website for Bossier Parish:

The official website for State of Louisiana:

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Swan Lake) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Swan Lake. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 32.5410, Longitude: -93.6691     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Swan Lake have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<2>While we have tried to pick reasonable speeds, the rate of travel is very theoretical - obstacles like fences, hills, lakes, river crossings and rest stops have been ignored. When we say 'Days' of travel, we're assuming 8 hours of travel per day.

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<3>The shortest line can be visualized by stretching a string on a Globe from Point A to Point B - this is known as a Great Circle Route. Where you might expect the shortest route from Swan Lake to the Middle East to be East and South, the Great Circle Route actually lies to the North and East.

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<4>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Jerusalem is 317.861 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 314.018 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 313.317 degrees.

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<7>If we encounter the name of what might be a community, our methodology is to add that name to our Gazetteer as a placeholder. As we find more information about that community, it will be added to our Gazetteer.

Just as a reminder: Our definition of a community is rather broad and includes those places (or areas) where several families lived and had a name which identified that place. For example, you might hear somebody say that they are going over to Bird Creek to see Pete ... Bird Creek is just a gas station and a couple of homes at the crossroads. While it might not be on the map, everybody in the area knows it by that name.

Places of interest include buildings at a crossroad, several families clustered in a hollow or maybe the location of a way station. It also includes places like mines, lumber camps, ferry crossings, etc. The community might still exist, is now gone or only existed for just a short period of time.

Also keep in mind that Swan Lake could have been on the original document by mistake, misspelled, the original/alternate name of a community that we've listed elsewhere or was placed in the wrong parish. Sometimes a post office or train station would have a different name than the community where it's located, so two names might be referring to the same community - we're working to straighten it all out.

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<8>The Find-a-Grave website is an excellent research tool with information about a cemetery's location and interments. They also offer a forum for their members which can provide additional help. More information about Find-a-Grave can be found on their website:

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