Once a section of the Mighty Mississippi, False River was formed when the Mississippi created the cut off in the early 1700s due to seasonal flooding. Around 1720 LePoste de Pointe Coupee was settled by the French and gave rise to the early 1800s settlement of Waterloo and formed the smaller communities of Anchor and Cooks Landing. In the 1820s a CheminNeuf (new road or path) was built along the lake linking these communities with a new township eventually becoming New Roads. In the flood of 1884 Waterloo, Anchor and Cooks were basically destroyed and most settlers moved West along False River’s new road to the community which would become the parish seat.
Today’s False River has a vibrant community centered around the beautiful lakefront. Small fishing camps are nestled among gorgeous new constructions. The local fisherman harmoniously interact with both commuters and weekend campers, many from Baton Rouge and Lafayette seeking a simpler, peaceful surrounding after their day at the office or just a weekend getaway at the camp. Whether its boating, fishing, tubing, skiing or yolo boarding, False River, Louisiana is off the beaten path but only a few minutes away.