Thibodaux Louisiana

We all know that popular song "Amos Moses" sung by Jerry Reed, and its lyrics ... it always gets us to thinking about Thibodaux ...

About 45 minutes southeast of Thibodaux, Louisiana
Lived a man named Doc Milsap and his pretty wife Hanna

Amos Moses was a Cajun,
He lived by himself in the swamp.
He hunted alligators for a livin,
He just knocked 'em in the head with a stump.

The Acadiana region of French Louisiana ... culture, cities, towns, food, attractions and more ... visit Acadiana now!

In the heart of Cajun Country and Acadiana, Thibodaux is located in south Louisiana on Louisiana Highway LA-1 on the banks of historic Bayou Lafourche. Our family roots are from nearby Paincourtville, Napoleonville, Plattenville and Labadieville, where my grandfather worked in the sugar cane fields along Bayou Lafourche.

Location of Thibodaux

It is the parish seat of Lafourche Parish and has a population of about 15,000 residents. It was incorporated as a town in 1838.

Area communities include Labadieville, Paincourtville, Plattenville, Raceland, Morgan City, Lockport, Des Allemands, Chauvin, Houma, Pierre Part, and Napoleonville.

Thibodaux Area Attractions

Historic churches such as the St. Joseph Catholic Church and Co-Cathedral, and St. John's Episcopal Church are popular tourist destinations.

The Jean Lafitte Wetlands Acadian Cultural Center, operated by the National Park Service, hosts special events and demonstrates the French and Acadian culture which remains strong in Thibodaux.

Bayou Lafourche near Thibodaux, Louisiana
Bayou LaFourche

The Edward Douglas White Historic Site is the home of the Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, born in Lafourche Parish in 1845. Many other area attractions are available, from plantation tours to swamp tours.

The Louisiana Gumbo Festival of Chackbay is a popular annual event held in October.

Swamp Tours in the Thibodaux 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

Nicholls State University

Nicholls State University, located in Thibodaux, serves all of south central Louisiana through a variety of degree programs, and has an enrollment of over 7,000 students.

Nicholls is the city's major employer, and a nationally accredited institution offering more than 85 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.

Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, Louisiana
Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, Louisiana


Bayou Lafourche and Thibodaux

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.

The name Lafourche is from the French word for "fork", and comes from the fact that the bayou historically carried a large amount of water from the Mississippi River. Naturally a Mississippi River outlet, Bayou Lafourche was dammed at Donaldsonville in 1905. The dam cut off nourishment and replenishment of a huge wetland area of south Louisiana, and the bayou was gradually transformed into a stagnant ditch. Today, design efforts are underway to resume part of the flow from the Mississippi River to bring life back to the bayou.

Thibodaux Hotels, Motels and Lodging

A number of hotels and other accomodations are available in the Thibodaux area, including the Hampton Inn, Carmel Inn, Quality Inn and a number of bed and breakfasts.

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

Not far from Thibodaux is Lake Verret, a popular fishing destination in Assumption Parish near Pierre Part.

Filmed in this area have been several episodes of the History Channel's hit TV reality series "Swamp People".

The History Channel has announced it is set to premier Season 12 on Thursday, February 4, 2021, at 9/8C.

Segments are also filmed in other bayous, lakes and swamps in Louisiana such as those near Bayou Sorrel, Pecan Island, Bayou Pigeon, Morgan City and Houma.

"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 city of Donaldsonville. To learn more, visit Troy Landry's website at

Map of Thibodaux Louisiana


Recent Photographs of Thibodaux

Lafourche Parish Courthouse

Thibodaux, Louisiana

Lafourche Parish Courthouse in downtown Thibodaux, LA

St. Joseph Co-Cathedral

Thibodaux, Louisiana

St. Joseph Co-Cathedral, Thibodaux, LA

Country scene near Thibodaux, Louisiana

Country scene near Thibodaux, Louisiana

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