Cajun Prairie

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John and Karen Hollingsworth, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
The Cajun Prairie is the name of the inland area between the marshes to the southwest around Lake Charles, the pine forests of central Louisiana, and the bayous and swamps to the southeast. It covers the majority of three parishes in Acadiana, a region covering the majority of southern Louisiana. This area is unique in South Louisiana and known for its windswept prairies, crawfish farms, and rice paddies. Renowned for its Cajun and Zydeco music, this area also is home to the Cajun Music Hall of Fame and many musicians of this unique genre.
This area lies northeast of Lake Charles and north and northwest of Lafayette. Three of Louisiana's parishes (the Louisiana equivalent of a county) form this region: Acadia Parish, Evangeline Parish, and St. Landry Parish.

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