Jean Lafitte swamp tour
Jean Lafitte country also can be explored by water. Boat trips into the bayous originate south of New Orleans. Also explore the Chalmette Battlefield via a paddleboat tour on the Creole Queen.
Canoeing is another way to explore the region. Imagine paddling noiselessly on a bayou through the dawn mist beneath the foliage of towering trees where the silence of the narrow waterways is broken by the occasional cry of a heron. That’s where you feel a genuine closeness with nature.
Further south, visitors can find Grand Isle at the end of Louisiana 1. They can get on the road from U.S. 90, six miles south of Raceland, Louisiana. Before reaching Grand Isle, the road passes mile after mile of marshland, stretching seemingly forever to the horizon. It’s a lonely drive, especially in the evening, when the setting sun deepens the golden glow of the marsh grass and makes its final crimson bow.
Jean Lafitte was a perplexing character, a mysterious man who contributed much to the glamour and romance of the Old South. For more than two centuries, his name has been the best known of any man of his era around New Orleans.
New Orleans has a street named in his honor. There is also the village of Lafitte in Barataria country, as well as Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve.
The Park and Preserve was established in 1978 to maintain the natural and cultural resources of the Mississippi delta region. It has six main units:
- The French Quarter Visitor Center, headquartered at the Old French Market, which introduces guests to New Orleans and the cultural traditions of the region
- The Chalmette Battlefield Unit, which preserves the battlefield where American forces turned back the British, in 1814 and 1815
- The Barataria wetlands unit, which preserves an area of beautiful coastal marsh
- The Acadian Cultural Center in Lafayette
- The Prairie Acadian Cultural Center in Eunice
- The Wetlands Acadian Cultural Center in Thibodaux
Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve
Contact the superintendent at:
419 Decatur Street
New Orleans, LA 70130-1035
Telephone: (504) 589-3882