Towns & Communities in Lafourche Parish
The communities in our destination are centered along Bayou Lafourche, our signature waterway. They reveal themselves through their unapologetic Cajun culture and unpolished, unspoiled beauty. Spend a little time up and down the Bayou, and get to know Louisiana’s Cajun Bayou.
From its beginnings as a trading post to the flourishing parish seat it is today, Thibodaux is home to Nicholls State University, including iconic Chef John Folse Culinary Institute. View unique architecture in the downtown area and explore the Cajun culture at the Wetlands Acadian Cultural Center.
Situated up the Bayou, Raceland is the home of Louisiana’s Cajun Bayou Welcome Center. Raceland has a history deeply rooted in the grounds of Louisiana. It is home to the oldest complete sugar mill in the United States and has served as a backbone of the American sugar industry since its beginning in 1825.
Lockport was named for the canal locks that helped connect Bayou Lafourche to New Orleans, aiding shipping in the 1800’s. Lockport features our Cajun Bayou’s only elevated wetlands boardwalk, a 440 foot winding trail through the beautiful scenic settings of nature surrounding Bayou Lafourche.
Located on Bayou Lafourche, and intersecting with the Intracoastal Waterway, Larose is the host city for one of Louisiana’s Cajun Bayou’s biggest free festivals, the French Food Festival held every October at the Larose Regional Park.
CUT OFF, Louisiana
Named after a shortcut canal built in 1857 to connect Bayou Lafourche to New Orleans. Cut Off has a French Cajun past which exudes culture. To truly experience Cut Off connect with the outdoors here.
Now deep in the heart of the Cajun Bayou culture, spend some time with world renown Cajun Creole chef, Alzina Toups. Also considered an industrial hub of Louisiana’s Cajun Bayou, Galliano is home to the largest offshore company in Lafourche Parish, Edison Chouest Offshore and LOOP, the Louisiana Offshore Oil Port.
GOLDEN MEADOW, Louisiana
Your destination for all fishing endeavors, Golden Meadow provides easy access to Louisiana’s lush saltwater marshes. This small incorporated town also hosts four Mardi Gras parades each year.
This small coastal community boasts world-class saltwater marsh fishing. Considered the Redfish Capital of the World, this fisherman’s paradise is home to some of Louisiana’s Cajun Bayou’s top-rated professional fishing guides.
PORT FOURCHON, Louisiana
Port Fourchon sits at the mouth of Bayou Lafourche, where it empties into the Gulf of Mexico. Located at the end of Highway 1 in Louisiana, Port Fourchon is in the center of one of the richest and most progressive industrial areas in the Gulf region. In addition, it is a commercial and recreational fishing mecca, a unique area for recreation and ecotourism, a hot spot for research on coastal restoration and marsh creation methods, and a shining example of how industry and environment can coexist successfully.