Are you ready to explore one of Louisiana’s largest inland lakes by RV? Then it’s time to turn your motorhome to southern Louisiana and Lake Palourde. This scenic lake is part of an enormous collection of swamps, streams and interconnected waterways that make up the Atchafalaya Basin.
Here’s how to get there: Travel US90 about one-and-one-half hours southwest from New Orleans to Morgan City, LA. That’s where you’ll find the best access for RV campers to Lake Palourde. Let the city’s Lake End Park be your home base, with affordable, full-service campsites adjacent to the water.
This stunningly scenic park also boasts fishing piers, a boat launch, plenty of hiking and biking routes and a sand beach. Be sure to make reservations before you come, so you’ll have your prime camping spot secured.
What You’ll Find While RV Camping at Lake Palourde: Here are some of the first impressions RV travelers to Lake Palourde have shared, “Spanish moss hanging low on cypress trees,” “nature at its best, right at your camper’s front door” and “fishing like nowhere else in America.”
So let’s talk about the fishing first—the anglers in your crew aren’t going to want to leave the water when they realize just how many crappie, catfish and bass make this lake and the area’s canals and bayous their home. Be ready to eat some of the freshest seafood imaginable, as oysters, crayfish and crabs are also plentiful on the Atchafalaya.
There’s also something here for history buffs, nature lovers and outdoor sports enthusiasts at Lake Palourde. Brownell Memorial Park and Carillon Tower, just a half-mile down the road from the RV campground, is a delightful place to hike the trails, watch for unusual bird species and photograph one of the world’s tallest carillon towers (if you’re lucky, you’ll get to hear the bells ring!)
Another way to savor the character of Louisiana’s inland lakes is to understand their important role in history. Take the time to ask a local about the Civil War battle in which a much smaller Confederate force came on small boats and then on foot through the swamps to attack and conquer a large Union encampment at Fort Brashear.
But let’s not forget about the outdoor sports enthusiasts who come to the shores of Lake Palourde. There are plenty of ways for them to spend their time, from biking along the bayous and through picturesque small towns to looking for eagles’ nests from the water along one of the Cajun Coast Paddling Trails.
Speaking of birding, sections of the America’s Wetland Birding Trail can be found throughout the Atchafalaya Basin, including at Lake Palourde. Keep your eyes open for great blue herons, double-crested cormorants and a multitude of both common and rare birds that make Louisiana’s Cajun Coast their home.
One more suggestion for getting back to nature in America’s favorite freshwater swamp—take a swamp tour! Local outfitters like Cajun Jack’s are happy to introduce you to the alligators, backwoods trappers and Cajun lore of the Basin.
Coming to southern Louisiana is taking a step into Cajun hospitality and untamed beauty everywhere you look. Bring your bikes, your hiking shoes and your cameras and set up camp on the shores of Lake Palourde. You’re going to have a hard time leaving!
We’d like to hear about your Atchafalaya adventures by RV, especially if you’ve visited Lake Palourde. What keeps you going back? Share your tips for fellow travelers in the comment section below. And be sure to let us know if you need an RV rental for the trip!
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