Houma, "The Heart of America's Wetland", is located on historic U.S. Highway 90 between New Orleans and Morgan City.
It is also sometimes called "the Venice of America" due to the numerous bayous and bays in the immediate area, and its strategic location on the Intracoastal Waterway and the Houma Navigation Channel.
Houma is famous for its Cajun food, charter boat fishing, swamps, Cajun music and dance halls. Houma also is well known for its birding trails, an exotic wildlife park, museums, Mardi Gras celebrations and more.
It is also close to the Atchafalaya Basin and available are a variety of marsh tours, swamp tours and airboat tours. 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.
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.
Houma's geographical location produces a combination of deep sea, coastal, brackish and freshwater fishing.
Its location near Terrebonne Bay, Timbalier Bay and the open expanses of the Gulf of Mexico offers plentiful fishing options including king mackerel, cobia, redfish, speckled trout, bass and drum.
Some episodes of the popular TV reality show "Swamp People" are filmed close to Houma, such as at Lake Verret and Pierre Part.
Other segments are shot around other swamps in South Louisiana, such as those near Bayou Sorrel, Pecan Island, Bayou Pigeon, Morgan City and other locales.
Area towns include Raceland, Lockport, Thibodaux, Labadieville, Napoleonville, Paincourtville, Larose, Cut Off, Galliano, Golden Meadow, Leeville, Dulac, Grand Isle and Cocodrie. See Houma map below. Houma and these surrounding communities are heavily based on Cajun tradition and culture, and are proud of their open hospitality and friendliness.
It is the parish seat of Terrebonne Parish, and has a population of about 35,000 residents.
Houma was founded in 1834 and incorporated in 1848, and is named after the Houmas Indians. Terrebonne Parish was established March 22, 1822.