FAQ

Question: 

What should I wear when I visit?

What To Wear- Light clothing is recommended when visiting the Cajun Coast. A raincoat and umbrella are handy year-round but especially during the summer months. During the winter months, heavier clothing is recommended. But leave the sport coat, tie and high heels at home: evenings are casual on the Coast.

What is the population of the Cajun Coast?

The Cajun Coast consists of St. Mary Parish. This population and the two major areas are below. St. Mary Parish - 53,162 Morgan City - 11,943 Franklin - 7,368 Patterson - 6,107

Where is the Cajun Coast located?

Location- St. Mary Parish is located midway between New Orleans & Lafayette via highway 90. We're 90 miles from New Orleans, 40 miles from Lafayette, and 70 miles from Baton Rouge on the Gulf of Mexico in the south-central portion of the state.

If there is an emergency, who do I call?

  • Emergency Information-Emergency, 911
  • Morgan City Police Department - (985) 384-2310
  • Morgan City Fire Department - (985) 380-4611
  • Franklin Police Department - (337) 828-6331
  • Franklin Fire Dept. - (337) 828-6328
  • Berwick Fire Department – (985) 384-2121
  • Berwick Police Department – (985) 384-7710
  • Baldwin Fire Department – (337)923-6093
  • Baldwin Police Department – (337) 923-4845
  • Patterson Fire Department – (985) 395-8312
  • Patterson Police Department – (985) 395-6161
  • Charenton Fire Department – (337) 923-6093
  • Charenton Police Department – (337) 923-4964
  • St. Mary Parish Sheriff's Department:
    - Morgan City (985) 384-1622
    - Franklin (337) 828-1960
  • Louisiana State Police (from cellular phones):
    *LSP HAM Radio-Area Open Repeaters
    Franklin 147.21, Morgan City 146.91 & 146.475

What other tourism bureaus are nearby?

City of Franklin
300 Iberia Street, Franklin, LA 70538, (337) 828-3631
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City of Morgan City
512 First Street, Morgan City, LA 70380, (985) 385-1770
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City of Patterson
1314 Main Street, Patterson, LA 70392, (985) 395-5205
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Franklin Visitor Center & Rest Area
15307 Hwy. 90 W, Franklin (337) 828-2555
Open Monday through Saturday, 8:30am to 4:30pm Closed Sundays.

St. Mary Chamber of Commerce
7332 Hwy. 182 E, Morgan City, (985) 384-3830
600 Main Street, Franklin, (337) 828-5608  
Open Monday through Friday 8am to 2pm
Open Monday through Friday, 8am to 5pm
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St. Mary Parish Economic Development
St. Mary Parish Courthouse, 5th Floor, Franklin, (337) 828-4100, ext. 340
Open Monday through Friday, 8am to 5pm

Town of Baldwin
800 Main Street, Baldwin, LA 70514, (337) 923-7523

Town of Berwick
3225 Third St., Berwick, (985) 384-8858
Email: info@townofberwick.org
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Chitimacha Tribe of LA
155 Chitimacha Loop
Charenton, LA 70523, (337) 923-4973
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What transportation is available?

Car Rentals
Enterprise Rental Cars, 800 Robison Rd., Suite A, Berwick,(985) 385-1868

Taxis
City Cab 306 Venus Street, Bayou Vista LA (985) 384-6001
Mo City 910 Brashear Ave, Morgan City LA (985) 519-6063
Spend Five and Drive, 1200 Victor II Blvd. Morgan City, LA (985) 329-2295

Airport
Patterson Airport, 3884 Airport Rd., Patterson,(985) 395-4501
Private & corporate service. Av gas, jet fuel, an avionics shop and maintenance shop on site.

Where are the local hospitals?

Franklin Foundation
1501 Hospital Ave., Franklin
(337) 828-0760
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Teche Regional Medical Center
1125 Marguerite St., Morgan City
(985) 384-2200
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Morgan City Urgent Care
1216 Victor II Blvd, Morgan City LA 70380 
(985) 412-2020

I would like to do some historic research. Where should I begin?

Bayou Vista Branch Library
1325 Belleview Drive, Morgan City (Bayou Vista), LA 70380, (985) 399-9866

Berwick Branch Library
3527 4th Street, Berwick, LA 70342, (985) 385-2943

Morgan City Archives
501 Federal Avenue, Morgan City, LA 70380, (985) 380-4621

Morgan City Public Library
220 Everett Street, Morgan City, LA 70380, (985) 380-4646

Patterson Branch Library
521 Catherine Street, Patterson, LA 70392, (985) 395-2777

St. Mary Parish Courthouse
500 Main St., Franklin, LA 70538, (337) 828-4100

St. Mary Parish Library
206 Iberia Street, Franklin, LA 70538, (337) 828-5364

Young-Sanders Center for the Study of the War Between the States in Louisiana
Roland Stansbury, Director
104 Commercial Street, Franklin, Louisiana 70538
(337) 413-1861, Fax: (337) 413-0101,
Email: ysc1861@aol.com
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Research library and meeting hall for lectures.
Hours: Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Admission Fee: None
Handicap Accessible

What civic and religious organizations are in the area?

Civic Organizations
Civic club meetings held throughout the parish (county). Call for times and locations.

Community Facilities
We have churches for most major denominations of worship, especially Baptist, Catholic and Methodist.
For information on other houses of worship or specific churches, call the Cajun Coast Visitors & Convention Bureau at (800) 256-2931 or (985) 380-8224.