137,000 acres of active delta, approximately 45,000 of which is freshwater marsh land. 18 miles southwest of Morgan City. Accessible only by boat only. Boating, fishing, hunting and birding.
A Native American word, "Atchafalaya" (ah-CHA-fa-LIE-ah) means long river. Established in 2006, the Atchafalaya National Heritage Area stretches across 14 parishes in south-central Louisiana. Both a place and a concept, the heritage area is culturally rich and ecologically varied. It is home to Cajun culture, as well as a diverse population of European, African, Caribbean and Native-American descent. It also features beautiful scenery and abundant wildlife. Enjoy swamp tours, music, food, driving adventures and more throughout the Heritage Area.
27,962 acres owned by the state of Louisiana and 2,200 acres owned by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers of bottomland hardwoods, cypress, tupelo swamp. 20 miles northwest of Morgan City. Accessible only by boat. Boating, fishing, hunting and birding. Primitive camping available. Managed by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. Headquarters located on Martin Ridge Road.
Stroll the boardwalk through the Bayou Teche National Wildlife Refuge and enjoy the beauty of cypress-tupelo swamps, the sight of alligators and numerous bird and fauna species-including the Louisiana black bear, which occur on the refuge, but are shy and seldom seen. Brochure available in kiosk.
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