The Atchafalaya Basin is a sprawling and ecologically rich wetland region located in southern Louisiana, USA. It is often referred to as America’s largest river swamp and serves as a critical component of the Lower Mississippi River’s flood control system. This vast and diverse ecosystem encompasses cypress-tupelo swamps, bottomland hardwood forests, marshes, and bayous, providing a haven for a wide array of wildlife, including alligators, bald eagles, and various species of fish. The Atchafalaya Basin also plays a vital role in mitigating flooding by diverting excess water from the Mississippi River during high-water events, making it a remarkable and multifaceted natural treasure with both ecological and hydrological significance. It is a cherished destination for outdoor enthusiasts, researchers, and conservationists alike.
What To Expect
Explore the slow-moving picturesque waters of Louisiana by Kayak!
As we paddle among the old growth live oaks, cypress, and tupelo trees draped in spanish moss you will capture one of a kind memories of the Atchafalaya National Heritage Area.
Nested right here in the heart of Acadian are thousands of trans-gulf migratory birds for your viewing including Great Blue Herons, Great Egrets, and Roseate Spoonbills. Whether you are from Louisiana or venturing to our area you are sure to feel immersed in the unique beauty of our wilderness.