Travel to Donaldsonville in South Louisiana
Donaldsonville is located in south Louisiana at the juncture of the Mississippi River and Bayou Lafourche.
The Sunshine Bridge provides access to the East Bank of the Mississippi River.
Donaldsonville is the parish seat of Ascension Parish, and has a population of about 8,000 residents.
Louisiana Plantation Country
Donaldsonville is a great starting point from which to visit area plantation homes such as Oak Alley, Nottoway, San Francisco, Houmas House and Laura Plantation.
Nearby is Lake Verret, a popular fishing spot in Assumption Parish near Pierre Part, Louisiana. Here some episodes of the hit TV reality show "Swamp People" are filmed. The show follows a group of alligator hunters during the 30-day Louisiana alligator season in various areas of South Louisiana, including the huge Atchafalaya Swamp in the Atchafalaya Basin in south central Louisiana.
Season 8 of Swamp People debuts on Thursday, February 16, 2017.
"Choot 'em" is a phrase heard often on Swamp People, voiced by gator hunter Troy Landry of Pierre Part, a small community in the swamp close to the cities of Donaldsonville and Thibodaux, and Lake Verret. Our family roots are from nearby Paincourtville, Napoleonville, Plattenville and Labadieville, where my grandfather worked in the sugar cane fields along Bayou Lafourche.
Bayou Lafourche is a 106 mile long waterway which stretches from Donaldsonville, at the Mississippi River, to the Gulf of Mexico. From Donaldsonville, it flows through Paincourtville, Napoleonville, Labadieville, Thibodaux, Raceland, Larose, Cut Off, Galliano, Golden Meadow and finally into the Gulf near Leeville and Port Fouchon.
Originally called the Chetimachas River, it flows through Ascension Parish, Assumption Parish and Lafourche Parish. Many of the early Cajuns settled along the bayou. On the west side of the bayou is Louisiana Highway 1, and on the east bank is LA 308.
Swamp Tours in the Atchafalaya Basin
One of the most popular things to do in Louisiana is touring the swamps! Most tours are concentrated in South Louisiana.
The area between Lafayette and Baton Rouge offers a number of swamp tours, operating from communities such as Breaux Bridge, Henderson, St. Martinvile and Plaquemine.
Learn more about Swamp Tours in the Atchafalaya Basin.