Morgan City Louisiana


Travel, Tourist and Hotel Information for Morgan City Louisiana

Louisiana Shrimp and Petroleum Festival
Morgan City, Louisiana
August 31 - September 4, 2017

Morgan City is known worldwide for fresh and salt water fishing, hunting and fine Cajun cuisine. It is the gateway to the Gulf of Mexico for the shrimping and oilfield industries.

Its economy is diverse, including large onshore and offshore drilling, production and support services for the oil and gas industry.

We've visited Morgan City since the early 1960s, and remember attending the Shrimp and Petroleum Festival, and the blessing of the shrimp boat fleet.

Shrimp fleet docked in the Atchafalaya River, Morgan City Louisiana
Shrimp fleet docked along the Atchafalaya River in Morgan City

Location of Morgan City & Berwick

Situated in St. Martin Parish and St. Mary Parish, the City of Morgan City is at an elevation only 7' above sea level. Morgan City is located on the banks of the Atchafalaya River and near the Gulf of Mexico, near the southern end of the great Atchafalaya Swamp. The population is about 12,500 residents, and the Zip Code is 70380.

Across the Atchafalaya River from Morgan City is Berwick, originally settled in 1797. Today, Berwick's population is about 4,500 residents.

Morgan City is located on U.S. 90 about half-way between New Orleans and Lafayette, and near the following South Louisiana cities and towns: Patterson, Houma, Franklin, Raceland, Thibodaux, Pierre Part and Jeanerette.

Morgan City Attractions and Things to Do

Among the area attractions is the popular International Petroleum Museum and Exposition located at 111 First Street in Morgan City. Phone 985.384.3744 for hours and information.

Brownell Memorial Park & Carillon Tower is a 9.5 acre park showcasing the many various plants and trees that grow abundantly wild along the ridges of area swamps. It is located at 3359 State Route 70 in Morgan City.

The Swamp Gardens and Wildlife Zoo is located at 725 Myrtle Street and depicts life in the Atchafalaya Swamp. Guided tours through the 3.5-acre park take visitors past indigenous animals and dispalays about the Cajun people who once inhabitated the swamp.

The annual Louisiana Shrimp and Petroleum Festival takes place in downtown Morgan City in early September.

Swamp Tours in the Morgan City Area

One of the most popular things to do in Louisiana is touring the swamps!

Swamp tours are available starting at a number of area communities such as Houma, Thibodaux, Gibson, Kraemer, Patterson, Napoleonville and Theriot.

Learn more about Swamp Tours Near Houma, Morgan City & Thibodaux

 

Morgan City Hotels, Motels and Lodging

 

Swamp People on the History Channel

Louisiana reality TV shows ... gators, ghosts, guns, gumbo and more ... click to read about Swamp People, Cajun Pawn Stars and other TV shows filmed in Louisiana

Some episodes of the popular TV reality show "Swamp People" are filmed near Morgan City, e.g., just to the north at Lake Verret and Pierre Part.

Other segments of "Swamp People" are shot around other swamps in South Louisiana, such as those near Bayou Sorrel, Bayou Pigeon, Houma, Pecan Island, and other locales.

Season 8 of Swamp People debuts on Thursday, February 16, 2017.

History of Morgan City

Morgan City was originally named Tiger Island, and later renamed Brashear City in honor of Dr. Walter Brashear who had purchased large amounts of land holdings in the area.

Incorporated in 1860 as Brashear City, the community's name was changed in 1876 to Morgan City after Charles Morgan, the man who dredged the Atchafalaya Bay to accommodate ocean-going vessels.

Map of Morgan City Louisiana


Photographs of Present-Day Morgan City

The Spirit of Morgan City

Morgan City, Louisiana

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The Spirit of Morgan City boat in the median, Morgan City, Louisiana

Shrimp boat, riverfront, Morgan City, Louisiana

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Shrimp boat, riverfront, Morgan City, Louisiana

Joseph H. Webster Fisherman's Wharf between the two bridges, downtown, Morgan City, Louisiana

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Joseph H. Webster Fisherman's Wharf between the two bridges, downtown, Morgan City, Louisiana

The Long-Allen Bridge, built under the administratrion of Gov. Huey P. Long and Gov. O.K. Allen

Morgan City, Louisiana

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The Long-Allen Bridge, built under the administratrion of Gov. Huey P. Long and Gov. O.K. Allen, over the Atchafalaya River at Morgan City, Louisiana

Welcome to Berwick Louisiana

Settled in 1797 ... township in 1907

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Welcome to Berwick Louisiana

Vintage Images of the past from Morgan City

Southern Pacific Railroad Bridge over the Atchafalaya River

Morgan City, Louisiana

Southern Pacific Railroad Bridge over the Atchafalaya River, Morgan City, Louisiana

Shrimp Festival, September 1962

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Shrimp Festival, September 1962. Morgan City LA

Shrimp fleet docked in the Atchafalaya River

Morgan City, Louisiana

Shrimp fleet docked in the Atchafalaya River, Morgan City Louisiana

Morgan City Tourist Court

Morgan City, Louisiana

Morgan City Tourist Court

Morgan City Court

Morgan City, Louisiana

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Travel Destinations and Tourist Attractions in Morgan City and Bayou Country