Cypress Lake was originally a grove of trees, but was flooded during World War II as a water reserve that could be used to extinguish possible fires from air attacks. Today, it is a beautiful lake unique to our campus. The lake contains alligators, bullfrogs, turtles, and an abundance of fish, birds, and cypress trees. UL Lafayette is the only university in the United States with a managed wetland on its campus.
Each year in the spring semester, UL Lafayette holds their campus tradition Lagniappe Week. This is a week includes events such as comedy shows and dive-in movies at the Student Aquatic Center, plus everyone's favorites: the crawfish boil and canoe races in the swamp. Start practicing now for the next Lagniappe Week so you don’t fall in!