Lake Palourde

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.

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Latitude: 29.726095 Longitude: -91.144898 Elevation: 1 ft
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Recreational Opportunities

Nearby in Morgan City is Victor Guarisco Lake End Park, a facility where visitors can camp in tents, RVs, or one of the three new cabins and enjoy the lake in its splendor. Also home to Lake Palourde are annual boat races put on by the Morgan City Power Boat Association. There are fishing, boat launches, sand beaches, a one mile walking trail, and parks for kids.

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