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The location of Swayze Lake









Introduction ...

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

This page contains seven sections:

Outdoor Activities ...

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

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

Weather ...

Before heading outdoors, you should check the weather:

The National Weather Service forecast for Swayze 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 Swayze 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 Swayze 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 Saint Landry Parish as the starting point when you click on the link below:

The Saint Landry Parish sighting report from eBird.

Since Swayze Lake is near Pointe Coupee Parish and also Avoyelles Parish, we have provided a link to their eBird sighting reports:

Sighting report for Pointe Coupee Parish

Sighting report for Avoyelles 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 Waymarking.com:

The Waymark.com website, centered on Swayze Lake.

How Far From Swayze 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 Swayze 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 Swayze Lake and extending to:

  • Opelousas [Map], which is the Seat of Saint Landry Parish, lies 16 miles [25.7 km] to the West Southwest. If you could walk a straight line from Swayze Lake to Opelousas, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take most of a day to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take five to six hours.
  • Baton Rouge [Map], which is the State Capital of Louisiana, lies 43 miles [69.2 km] to the East Southeast (ESE). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take less than an hour, a buggy would take just about two full days and walking would take about three full days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 1,012 miles [1,628.7 km] to the Northeast (NE). Driving would take over two days, a buggy would take 40 days and walking would take 58 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,900 miles [11,104.5 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 7,613 miles [12,251.9 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,488 miles [8,832.1 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Curious and Interesting Names Near Swayze 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.

Argyle   -   10 miles [16.1 km] to the East of Swayze Lake   [Map]

Bat   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Coon   -   10 miles [16.1 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

Elba   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

Elliot City (Historic)   -   10 miles [16.1 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Goodwood   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

Half Moon   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

Ravenswood   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the East   [Map]

Second Lake (Historic)   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Northeast   [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 Swayze 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.

Alton 'Rockin Dopsie' Rubin

Musician. He was born in Carencro (Louisiana) on Wednesday February 10, 1932 and died in Opelousas (Louisiana) on Thursday August 26, 1993 at an age of 61. He was buried at Calvary Cemetery (Lafayette Parish, Louisiana) [Map].

Carencro [Map] is located 25 miles [40.2 km] to the southwest of Swayze Lake

Opelousas [Map] is located 16 miles [25.7 km] to the southwest of Swayze Lake

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Alton 'Rockin Dopsie' Rubin<7>

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community located in Louisiana

About Saint Landry Parish

About Louisiana

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for State of Louisiana: louisiana.gov/

Footnotes ...

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

If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Swayze Lake. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Swayze Lake

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Swayze Lake. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 30.6407, Longitude: -91.8275     [Map].

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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 Swayze 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 316.475 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 312.149 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 312.811 degrees.

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<7>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: findagrave.com.

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