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PAW PAW BAYOU. Paw Paw Bayou rises (at 32°31' N, 94°12' W) in east central Harrison County three miles southeast of Scottsville and runs southeast for seventeen miles, passing through southeastern Harrison County and western Caddo Parish, Louisiana, before reaching its mouth (at 32°31' N, 93°57' W) on Cross Lake, in Caddo Parish two miles southwest of Blanchard. Big Sis, Little Sis, and Bullard creeks are the principal tributaries of the bayou. Paw Paw Bayou is probably named for the pawpaw trees that are common to the region. The banks of the stream are heavily wooded in places with pines and hardwoods, and the nearly level to hilly terrain is surfaced by loamy and clayey soils that are used predominantly for agriculture.

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Handbook of Texas Online, "Paw Paw Bayou," accessed November 21, 2017,

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