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Turtle Lake, Louisiana

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The location of Turtle Lake

Introduction ...

Below is our collection of tidbits, odds 'n ends for Turtle 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 Turtle Lake, we use the following websites to find information relevant to Turtle Lake and the surrounding area.

Weather ...

Before heading outdoors, you should check the weather:

The National Weather Service forecast for Turtle 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 Turtle 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 Turtle 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 Concordia Parish as the starting point when you click on the link below:

The Concordia Parish sighting report from eBird.

Since Turtle Lake is near Catahoula Parish and also Tensas Parish, we have provided a link to their eBird sighting reports:

Sighting report for Catahoula Parish

Sighting report for Tensas 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 Turtle Lake.

How Far From Turtle Lake to ...

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

With a nod to our favorite Gazetteers and using the location of where the historic<1> community of Turtle Lake once stood, the straight-line distance<2> beginning in Turtle Lake and extending to:

  • Vidalia [Map], which is the Seat of Concordia Parish, lies 10 miles [16.1 km] to the East Southeast. If you could walk a straight line from Turtle Lake to Vidalia, with an average speed<3> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take four to five hours to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take a little over three hours.
  • Baton Rouge [Map], which is the State Capital of Louisiana, lies 85 miles [136.8 km] to the South Southeast (SSE). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take less than two hours, a buggy would take most of three days and walking would take 5 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 962 miles [1,548.2 km] to the Northeast (NE). Driving would take most of two days, a buggy would take 38 days and walking would take 55 days.
  • The shortest distance<4> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,843 miles [11,012.7 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to the Great Mosque of Mecca (specifically the Ka'bah - or Kaaba [Map]) is 7,559 miles [12,165 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,434 miles [8,745.2 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<7>

Communities Also Named Turtle Lake ...

We have found 8 communities that share the name Turtle Lake.

While the name Turtle Lake is unique within Louisiana, we know of another 8 communities with the same name in the United States and Canada.

Communities Outside of Louisiana

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North DakotaWisconsin  


Our profile page for Turtle Lake

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


Benzie County

Our profile page for Turtle Lake, Benzie County

We found mention of this community, but have little information.<8>

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


Lake County

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

Distance: About 1,618 miles [2,603.9 km] to the Northwest.

North Dakota

McLean County

Our profile page for Turtle Lake, McLean County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,202 miles [1,934.4 km] to the North Northwest.


Our profile page for Turtle Lake   [Map]

Distance: About 1,141 miles [1,836.3 km] to the North Northeast.


Our profile page for Turtle Lake

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


Harris County

Our profile page for Turtle Lake, Harris County   [Map]

Distance: About 260 miles [418.4 km] to the West Southwest.


Barron County

Our profile page for Turtle Lake, Barron County   [Map]

Distance: About 952 miles [1,532.1 km] to the North.

Curious and Interesting Names Near Turtle 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.

Bullitt Bayou   -   11 miles [17.7 km] to the East of Turtle Lake   [Map]

Carthage (MS)   -   11 miles [17.7 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Elkhorn   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the West   [Map]

Frogmore   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the West   [Map]

Greenville   -   12 miles [19.3 km] to the North   [Map]

Hunter Landing   -   10 miles [16.1 km] to the North   [Map]

Jonesville   -   12 miles [19.3 km] to the West   [Map]

Lee Bayou   -   11 miles [17.7 km] to the North   [Map]

Mayhew Landing   -   10 miles [16.1 km] to the North   [Map]

OK Landing   -   11 miles [17.7 km] to the North   [Map]

Olympic Landing   -   11 miles [17.7 km] to the North   [Map]

Red Gum   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

Scotland (Historic)   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Security   -   12 miles [19.3 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

Stacy   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the West   [Map]

Trinity   -   11 miles [17.7 km] to the West   [Map]

Wildwood   -   12 miles [19.3 km] to the North   [Map]

Young Landing   -   11 miles [17.7 km] to the North   [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 Turtle 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.

Theodore Roosevelt 'Hound Dog' Taylor

Musician. He was born in Natchez (Mississippi) on Monday April 12, 1915 and died in Chicago (Illinois) on Wednesday December 17, 1975 at an age of 60. He was buried at Restvale Cemetery (Cook County, Illinois) [Map].

Natchez [Map] is located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the east of Turtle Lake

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Theodore Roosevelt 'Hound Dog' Taylor<9>

Truman Van Dyke

Actor, insurance. He was born in Natchez (Mississippi) on Monday November 15, 1897 and died in Los Angeles (California) on Sunday May 6, 1984 at an age of 86. He was buried at Hollywood Forever Cemetery (Los Angeles County, California) [Map].

Natchez [Map] is located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the east of Turtle Lake

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Truman Van Dyke

Other Roadside Stops ...

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About Concordia Parish

About Louisiana

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for State of Louisiana:

Footnotes ...

<1>We use the term 'Historic' broadly and it generally means that the community no longer exists. However, it can also mean that the community might still exist, but was significantly larger or had a more 'official' existence in the past than it does now. Unfortunately our sources of data have proven to be unreliable. If you can provide us with more specific information about Turtle Lake, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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<2>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or 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- Turtle Lake) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Turtle Lake. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 31.6079, Longitude: -91.6201     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Turtle Lake have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<3>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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<4>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 Turtle 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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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Jerusalem is 316.458 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 312.258 degrees.

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<7>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 312.591 degrees.

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<8>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 Turtle 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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<9>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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