Bayou

A bayou is a United States English term for a body of water typically found in flat, low-lying area, and can refer either to an extremely slow-moving stream or river (often with a poorly defined shoreline), or to a marshy lake or wetland. The name “bayou” can also refer to creeks whose water level changes due to tides and which hold brackish water which is highly conducive to fish life and plankton.