Indian Bayou National Wildlife Refuge

Lafayette Area
Lafayette Area
Type of Route
43 square miles

A paradise for outdoor enthusiasts, the Indian Bayou National Wildlife Refuge is a 43-square-mile public-access area rich with wildlife. Hunters, fishermen, bird watchers and paddlers will appreciate the area’s thriving flora. Mallards, wood ducks, reptiles and alligators keep your journey fresh and exciting.

As you venture through the bayou, watch for reflective trail markers, which allow paddlers to navigate the area self-sufficiently. Stay aware of underwater hazards like logs, or of hunters during open season.

When you’re ready to dry off, visit the nearby town of Opelousas, which sings of Cajun heritage and tradition. Looking for an authentic bowl of Louisiana gumbo, a plate of etouffee or a hearty Po-boy? You’re in the right place. Opelousas is packed with delicious local eateries. Consider Soileau's Dinner Club, a family-owned and -operated joint that has served classic Cajun cuisine since 1937.

Learn more about the area: Lafayette Travel

Contact Info:
Atchafalaya National Heritage Area
Address: West Atchafalaya Levee Rd., Krotz Springs, LA 70750
Telephone: (337) 228-1094