Lake Palourde, located in Morgan City, has a surface area of approximately 17 miles. It was named “Lac Palourde” by French settlers which means “Lake Clam.” The abundance of clams found along the shoreline became a staple in the diet of the early Indian inhabitants.
Today, because of the abundance of crabs, crawfish, fish and oysters, the mussels found in the lake are not harvested. They remain in the lake, however, and can still be enjoyed steamed, fried, or in chowder! Lake Palourde is part of the Atchafalaya Basin, the largest river swamp in Louisiana.