Located on the majestic Mississippi Flyway, the Louisiana Coast is home to some of the most awe-inspiring birds in the country. Over 400 different species of birds visit Louisiana each year making it one of the nation’s top destinations for bird enthusiasts. With birding trails across the Louisiana coastline, there are plenty of opportunities to view the abundant wildlife throughout the Louisiana coastal region. Experience why the productive natural environment of the Great Gulf Coast offers ready access to some of the best birding in the country.
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A 9.5 acre park in a natural setting next to lovely Lake Palourde (a French word meaning "shellfish"). The 106 ft. tall carillon tower contains 61 bronze bells which were cast in Holland. Bells play two selections every 15 minutes. The park is a designated bird sanctuary and a must for naturalists and photography buffs.
Step inside the Cajun Coast Welcome and Interpretative Center to learn about the flora and fauna of South Louisiana and then step outside to experience it first-hand.
The interpretative center includes eight themed pods giving a glimpse of the diversity of St. Mary Parish and a diorama featuring a cypress tree complete with all the flora and fauna that a South Louisiana swamp is famous for.
Then, step into an unspoiled South Louisiana swamp by stepping outside our doors. As you stroll the covered walkway around the building, view tupleo and cypress trees, hear cicada, spy an American Bald Eagle or catch a glimpse of Cayenne — the 6-foot American Alligator who lives in the swamp behind the visitor center.
Watch Cayenne’s first clutch learn how to navigate swamp life as the young alligators swim just below the rail under mama’s watchful eye.
Exit U.S. 90 at Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard in Morgan City. Your adventure awaits.
Enjoy lunch at Atchafalaya Golf Course
In addition to excellent sailing and swimming facilities, the 185-acre park also holds a special attraction for nature enthusiasts. Located in the heart of a Louisiana marsh, the site contains an abundance of wildlife. The quiet observer may happen upon nutria, muskrat, alligator or a number of bird species native to the state.
Address: 306 Beach Lane Franklin, LA 70538
Cabins and beach area. Listed as Site 6-1 on America's Wetland Birding Trail - St. Mary Loop.
The Atchafalaya Basin, the largest overflow swamp in the country, is home to an abundance of wildlife, including rare and endangered species such as the American bald eagle.
The Eagle Expo - held annually in February - includes boat tours into various waterways to view eagle nests; a raptor show; presentations on the American bald eagle, wildlife, flora, fauna and the culture of the area by wildlife professionals and photographers; and much more.