Barataria Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"During the nineteenth and twentieth centuries this region developed as a community of fishers who harvested shrimp, oysters, crab, and finfish. Minks, muskrats, and alligators were harvested for their skin and fur. Plantations along the bayous of Barataria grew rice and sugarcane. Canary Islanders settled and farmed near present-day Crown Point. Today travelers come to sample modern-day Cajun culture as well as to explore one of Louisiana’s most beautiful gems— the Barataria unit of Jean Lafitte Historical National Park and Preserve.
Die-hard anglers come to drop their achy-breaky hooks into the surrounding waters that teem with redfish, bass, speckled trout, flounder, king mackerel, red snapper, amberjack, white trout, pompano, and cobia. Whether you’re canoeing through the same swamp Jean Lafitte and his men lived in, enjoying a Cajun two-step at a lively fais do do, or reeling in the one that didn’t get away, this Day Trip less than thirty minutes from New Orleans will give you a taste for what makes the city’s history and culture so unique."