The first license to keep a ferry was issued in 1910, in a settlement of St. Michel, which is now under water in the middle of the Mississippi River at the same location as the Port Allen Ferry landing. This site has been home to several different ferries including the first steam engine ferry in 1832, the Sophie, followed by the Drackett, the Port Allen and the City of Baton Rouge. The last ferry, the "Louisiana", finished its service in 1968.
The Ferry Landing now is a riverfront promenade that includes brick walkways along the levee, a Gazebo, benches and lights for viewing the Mighty Mississippi and the view of the Baton Rouge Sky Line. This location is the sight of community activities and special events including the famous 4th Fest. Thousands line the levee to enjoy fireworks on the river for the July 4th holiday. The Ferry Landing is a special spot for many to walk, run, ride bikes, have a bag lunch or just to sit and watch the hundreds of ships and barges that travel the Mighty Mississippi everyday.