A pirogue, a flat bottomed canoe specific to Cajun and adjacent areas of the Louisiana coast, sits next to a crab basket on the Isle Jean Charles road. The boats are used in shallow areas and navigated by pushing off the bottom with a pole in shallow marsh waters. The open water here was once marsh land solid enough to walk on. Trappers once used this land to hunt. In many places along the southeast coast of Louisiana, water is replacing solid land as coastal erosion carries soil out to sea.