It’s Crawfish Season on Louisiana’s Coast

Spring is in the air and so is the aroma of spicy, boiling crawfish. All along Louisiana's Coast you'll find restaurants, attractions, and festivals that celebrate this seafood delicacy that is so unique to Louisiana. Whether you want to enjoy them in the great outdoors or around the picnic table with family and friends, there are so many ways to experience crawfish when you visit Louisiana's Coast. 

Lake Charles

In Southwest Louisiana the number one spot for crawfish is Steamboat Bill’s on the Lake, located right on Interstate 10. It’s been voted as best restaurant in the area by locals many times over, and if the wind is just right, you can smell the spices as you’re driving by. Boil & go places are great to get fast food crawfish or boiled crabs. Pay by the pound, and get your bags to go – if you’d rather have boiled Cajun delights in the outdoors.  

The Original Downtown Lake Charles Crawfish Festival occurs each spring, this year it will be held April 7-9. Enjoy carnival rides, bands, artists, vendors and of course, crawfish. You might even get to take photo with “Crawdeaux Rouge,” the festival’s Giant Crawfish mascot!

Check out the videos on “how to eat crawfish,” “how to catch crawfish,” and where to get them at www.visitlakecharles.org/crawfish.

Vermilion Parish

Vermilion Parish is home to many crawfish hot spots. In Abbeville you can try Richard’s Seafood Patio, Cajun Claws, or Stelly’s Boiling Spot- all are open seasonally and specialize in boiling them spicy and even include a buffet. In Erath, check out big John’s Seafood Patio, family-owned and the perfect place to savor crawfish while enjoying the outdoors.

Crawfish Haven/Mrs. Rose's Bed and Breakfast, just outside of Kaplan, is the only bed and breakfast in Vermilion Parish that offers crawfish excursions. You and your guests can experience firsthand how these amazing crustaceans come to appear on our tables. A guide will assist you in a unique boat ride allowing you to catch your own crawfish. Later, you can end the evening with your own crawfish boil in true Cajun style. Visit Vermilion Parish's website for details. 

St. Bernard Parish

The Louisiana Crawfish Festival in St. Bernard Parish is rich with heritage, moss covered oak trees, creole tomotoes, Louisiana Bayous, shrimp boats, and is a fisherman's haven. The festival is March 23-26 on the grounds of the Sigur Cultural Center located in Chalmette. St. Bernard Parish is the home of the Battle of New Orleans site over-looking the mighty Mississippi River adjoining the Crescent City, New Orleans.  For more information visit the website

Houma Area

In Houma, crawfish can be found around every corner. Instead of asking "Where can I get crawfish," you may just have to ask "How much can I eat?" For a casual crawfish dinner in an authentic Cajun atmosphere, check out Big Al's Seafood Restaurant or The Shack. For a truly unique experience, try out one of our locally owned seafood houses such as Bayou Cane Seafood, to pick up your meal and picnic along side the bayou. Look for more spots on the website

Fun fact: Did you know that the word "houma" means "red" in the native language of the United Houma Nation Native American tribe? It is said that the red Houma was name for its reference to a red crawfish, the tribe's war emblem. 

Lafourche Parish

Louisiana’s Cajun Bayou in Lafourche Parish offers up many crawfish dishes found all up and down the Bayou. In addition to many spots to grab a hot platter of boiled crawfish, you’ll find a variety of cooking styles and cuisines at all restaurants. Try a fried crawfish poboy from Spahr’s Seafood or a steaming bowl of crawfish etouffee from Leeville Seafood Restaurant down the Bayou. Catches come in fresh daily at the local seafood markets during crawfish season like Sparky's or Holly Marie's Seafood Market. Drive through, grab a sack, and picnic along Bayou Lafourche. Click here for a listing of restaurants. 

St. Mary Parish

St. Mary Parish is the southernmost gateway to the Atchafalaya Swamp Basin, the largest overflow swamp in Louisiana and home to most of the wild caught crawfish. You can get wild crawfish directly from commerical fishermen. More than 1,300 farmers produce crawfish in some 184,000 acres of ponds and more than 1,000 fishermen harvest crawfish from natural wetlands, primarily the Atchafalaya Basin. 

Hot spots to eat them include Susie's Seafood, Bayou Lagniappe, and Acadiana Grill. 

Crawfish season is in full swing along Louisiana's Coast. Plan your trip today to enjoy fantastic food, attractions, and festivals with true southern hospitality.