Frequently asked questions about LaFourche Parish


Below are the answers to some frequently asked questions when visiting or planning a visit to the Bayou Lafourche area. If you have a question and don't see the answer here, please contact us. We'd love to hear from you!

What is the closest airport to the Bayou Lafourche area?
Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport is less than an hour from the Bayou Lafourche area. When exiting the airport, take US Highway 61 North to Interstate 310. Take Interstate 310 which will turn into US Highway 90. Go west on US Highway 90 to the Bayou Lafourche area. To access the Bayou Lafourche Area Visitor Information Center, take Exit 215A at 4484 LA Highway 1. Click here for additional maps.

I'm planning a trip to New Orleans. If I also want to visit the Bayou Lafourche area, should I overnight in New Orleans each night?
Not at all. The Bayou Lafourche area has a host of hotels, motels and bed & breakfasts where you can stay and enjoy the Cajun culture.

Are there shuttles to the Bayou Lafourche area from New Orleans?
No, but Tours by Isabelle offers regular tours (both swamp tours and combination swamp and plantation tours) to the Bayou Lafourche area. Get all the details here.

Are there any plantation homes in the Bayou Lafourche area?
While there are many private plantation homes in the Bayou Lafourche area, unfortunately, none of them are open to the public. However, there are four (Madewood Plantation, Laura: A Creole Plantation, Oak Alley Plantation and St. Joseph Plantation) less than 20 minutes away.

Is Cajun food spicy?
In some areas of Louisiana, the answer would be, “yes,” but in the Bayou Lafourche area, we typically season more with vegetables (the “Trinity” of onions, bell peppers, and celery) than with pepper. This makes our food more flavorful and tasty.

Do I need a license to fish in the Bayou Lafourche area?
Yes, anyone over the age of 15 needs a Louisiana Fishing License to fish or crab. See the Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries for requirements, including purchasing a license online or by phone.

I have my own boat. Where can I launch in the Bayou Lafourche area?
There is a map of all the boat launches, with details and locations, on the parish government website.

Can I rent a boat?
Yes, Gaspard Fishing Boat Rentals has opportunities for boat rentals.