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Acadiana Supreme! Henderson is well known for its Cajun culture, and its legendary Cajun cooking and crawfish, and is the location of a number of popular restaurants and swamp tours.

It's near Breaux Bridge, the Crawfish Capital of the World, and home of the world famous Crawfish Festival each May.

Henderson Attractions

We can't count the number of times we've had great crawfish dinners at Pat's Fisherman's Wharf Restaurant in Henderson at the edge of the Atchafalaya River Basin over the years! Pat's is always a treat!

Another favorite over the years has been Robin's Restaurant.

Great fishing and swamp tours are available in nearby Lake Bigeaux and Lake Pelba. Henderson Lake is located in the West Atchafalaya Basin Floodway between Ramah and Henderson. It is a shallow backwater lake with many streams and pools. The area is flooded each spring with waters from the Atchafalaya River.

Pat's Fisherman's Wharf Restaurant in HendersonPat's Fisherman's Wharf Restaurant in Henderson
(photograph by the author)

It hasn't been long since we spent a great, leisurely afternoon with McGee's Atchafalaya Basin Swamp Tours, leaving from McGee's Landing. The Henderson Swamp is not to be missed!

Henderson Louisiana Location

Henderson is located just east of Lafayette on I-10, in the heart of Cajun Country and Acadiana, and conveniently located in America's Wetland, the great Atchafalaya Swamp!

Henderson, in St. Martin Parish, has a population of about 1,500 residents.

Nearby are the cities and towns of Abbeville, Breaux Bridge, Butte La Rose, Arnaudville, Cecilia and Broussard. Across the Atchafalaya Basin is the community of Pierre Part.

It is also a short drive to St. Martinville and New Iberia. See Henderson map below.

Butte La Rose

Doucet's Grocery, Butte LaRose, LouisianaDoucet's Grocery Store in Butte La Rose
(photograph by the author)

Just over the levee from Henderson and across the one-lane pontoon bridge is the community of Butte La Rose, the home to about 800 residents. Many camps, RV parks, and boat launches are in the area.

We remember the good times we had staying at HEG's camp in Butte La Rose! Doucet's Grocery is still in business, as it has been for over 46 years, serving the residents of Butte La Rose and visitors to the area ... its owner Jack Doucet stood the test of the time during the Great Flood of 2011!

The Atchafalaya Visitors Center

The Atchafalaya Welcome Center is located on I-10 just east of Henderson, "smack dab in the middle” of the Atchafalaya Basin.

Atchafalaya Visitor's Center at the Butte LaRose Exit from I-10, near Henderson, Louisiana Atchafalaya Visitors Center in Butte LaRose,
just west of Henderson on Interstate Highway I-10
(photograph by the author)

It is located at the Butte La Rose Exit 121, between the Henderson exit (115) and the Whiskey Bay exit (127).

It’s part rest area, part information center and part Atchafalaya Basin classroom. Plus they serve complimentary Community Coffee!

State-of-the-art video, audio and animatronic displays teach visitors about the Atchafalaya, its history and the culture it influences.

There are three main exhibit areas in the center that portray the Basin throughout the year: high water, low water and mid-water seasons.

Each area is filled with pictures, stories, dioramas and sculptures depicting life in the Basin during that season. Oversized “frames” feature slideshows that offer visitors several glimpses of the Basin’s people, wildlife, waterways and flora.

 

The Great Atchafalaya Basin and Swamp

The Atchafalaya Basin is the nation’s largest river swamp, containing almost one million acres of the nation’s most significant bottomland hardwoods, swamps, bayous and backwater lakes.

Atchafalaya Swamp, Henderson Louisiana Louisiana's Atchafalaya Swamp at Henderson
(photograph by the author)

Some interesting facts about the Atchafalya Basin:

  • It’s larger than the Florida Everglades.
  • It’s five times more productive than any other river basin in North America.
  • About 65 species of reptiles and amphibians inhabit the Basin.
  • Over 250 known species of birds fly in the Basin.
  • Other species of animals found in the area include the Florida panther, black bear, bobcat, nutria, mink, fox, muskrat, beaver, otter and raccoon.
  • The Basin is home to the largest nesting concentration of bald eagles in the south central United States.
  • There are more than 100 different species of fish and aquatic life in the Basin.
  • The Basin has an estimated average annual commercial harvest of nearly 22 million pounds of crawfish.
  • The Basin contains the largest contiguous bottomland hardwood forest in North America and is the largest overflow alluvial hardwood swamp in the United States.

 

An American-Indian word, "Atchafalaya" (ah-CHA-fa-LIE-ah) means long river. Established in 2006, the Atchafalaya National Heritage Area stretches across 14 parishes in south-central Louisiana.

It is among the most culturally rich and ecologically varied regions in the United States, home to the widely recognized Cajun culture as well as a diverse population of European, African, Caribbean and Native-American descent.

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Map of Henderson, Louisiana, showing Lake Bigeaux and Lake Pelba (Courtesy Google Maps)

Photographs of Henderson, the Louisiana Atchafalaya Swamp, and Crawfish

Henderson Louisiana sign

Photograph by the author

Henderson Louisiana sign

McGee's Landing on the Atchafalaya Basin, Henderson Louisiana

Photograph by the author

McGee's Landing on the Atchafalaya Basin, Henderson Louisiana

McGee's Landing and McGee's Atchafalaya Basin Tours

Henderson Louisiana

Photograph by the author

McGee's Landing and McGee's Atchafalaya Basin Tours

Pontoon Bridge connecting Henderson with Butte La Rose, Louisiana

Photograph by the author

Pontoon Bridge connecting Henderson with Butte LaRose, Louisiana

Pat's Fisherman's Wharf Restaurant and Oyster Bar

Henderson Louisiana

Photograph by the author

Pat's Fisherman's Wharf Restaurant and Oyster Bar

Pat's Crawfish Plant, Henderson Louisiana

Photograph by the author

Pat's Crawfish Plant, Henderson Louisiana

Pat's Fisherman's Wharf Restaurant and Atchafalaya Club, Henderson, Louisiana

Photograph by the author

Pat's Fisherman's Wharf Restaurant and Atchafalaya Club, Henderson, Louisiana

Atchafalaya Swamp, Henderson Louisiana

Photograph by the author

Atchafalaya Swamp, Henderson Louisiana

Atchafalaya Visitor's Center at the Butte LaRose Exit from I-10, near Henderson, Louisiana

Photograph by the author

Atchafalaya Visitor's Center at the Butte LaRose Exit from I-10, near Henderson, Louisiana

Doucet's Grocery, Butte La Rose, Louisiana

Owned by Jack Doucet, proudly serving the residents of the Atchafalaya Basin for over 46 years

And strong flood fighter during the Great Flood of 2011

Photograph by the author

Doucet's Grocery, Butte LaRose, Louisiana

Pat's Waterfront Restaurant in Henderson Louisiana

From the Louisiana Postcard Collection

Pat's Waterfront Restaurant in Henderson Louisiana

Pat's Waterfront Restaurant in Henderson Louisiana

From the Louisiana Postcard Collection

Pat's Waterfront Restaurant in Henderson Louisiana

Live Henderson crawfish from the Atchafalaya Spillway ... ready to be boiled!

Photographed and Copyright by the Author

The butane burner and pot are hot, and the purging is underway ... it won't be long now till the crawfish are dumped out on the newspaper on the table!

Photographed and Copyright by the Author

The butane burner and pot are hot, and the purging is underway ... it won't be long now till the crawfish are dumped out on the newspaper on the table!

Hot Louisiana crawfish ... boiled to perfection!

Photographed and Copyright by the Author

Hot Louisiana crawfish ... boiled to perfection!

Atchafalaya Basin Crawfish from Henderson ... big and juicy

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Enjoying Atchafalaya Basin boiled crawfish ... complete with onions, corn-on-the-cob, new potatoes ... and beer!

Photographed and Copyright by the Author

Enjoying Atchafalaya Basin boiled crawfish ... complete with onions, corn-on-the-cob, new potatoes ... and beer!

Cypress knees in South Louisiana cypress swamp

Courtesy of the Louisiana Office of Tourism

Cypress knees in South Louisiana swamp

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For More Information about Henderson, Louisiana and the Atchafalaya Swamp

Atchafalaya National Heritage Area ... Atchafalaya.org
McGee's Landing
Pat's of Henderson
Louisiana Office of Tourism
WeLoveCrawfish.com

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