Louisiana's Cajun Bayou is located in Lafourche Parish, just about 35 miles from New Orleans and is easily accessible via U.S.90 west.
The first exit will take you to LA Hwy. 308 and the second exit takes you to LA Hwy. 1. At LA Hwy. 1 - North (left) from that point leads to
Thibodaux, South (right) will lead to many bayou communities and the Gulf of Mexico.
Louisiana's Cajun Bayou Visitors Center is located at 4484 LA Hwy. 1 (LA Hwy. 1 at LA Hwy. 90), Raceland, LA 70394.
The communities in Louisiana's Cajun Bayou 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 our culture.
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 culture at the Wetlands Acadian Cultural Center.
Situated up the Bayou, Raceland is the home of Louisiana’s Cajun Bayou Visitor's Center. It is home to the oldest complete sugar mill in the United States. You'll also find some of the most popular festivals like La Fete Des Vieux Temps and Louisiana Swamp Stomp in this town.
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. It is also home to the Center for Traditional Louisiana Boat Building and Bayou Folklife Museum.
Located on Bayou Lafourche, and intersecting with the Intracoastal Waterway, Larose is the host city for one of Louisiana’s Cajun Bayou’s biggest festivals, the French Food Festival held every October at the Larose Civic Center which also hosts the Cajun Heritage Festival and many others.
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. You'll notice plenty of shrimp boats in the bayou in this area.
Golden Meadow is your destination for all fishing endeavors. Some of the best fishing in Louisiana can be found in Golden Meadow with its access to Louisiana’s marsh and then into the Gulf of Mexico. This small town also hosts four Mardi Gras parades each year and is home to the Golden Meadow-Fourchon Tarpon Rodeo.
Leeville is know as a world-class fishing spot. Fishermen come from all over the world for the catches of a life time. The fishing pier offers a great spot right on the water for all ages to try their hand at catching fish.
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 Platform.
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.