After the devastating Flood of 1927, the government ordered that larger levees be built in the Atchafalaya Basin. Many descendants from Atchafalaya, a small town inside the basin, relocated to present day Henderson. Henderson became world famous in the 1950s for their seafood restaurants, with people traveling hundreds of miles to dine there. The Town of Henderson was legislatively designated The Gateway to the Atchafalaya Basin and is still famous for the family-owned seafood restaurants that are visited by thousands each year.
Today, Henderson offers some of the finest fresh water fishing opportunities in Louisiana. Known as Acadiana's Natural Waterpark, it also provides some of the most scenic areas to boat ride and water ski. It is one of the few areas in the state that you can rent a houseboat overnight. The Henderson Area is home to some of the finest campgrounds offering a wide variety to campers and RV-ers.
Cajun and Zydeco music and dancing is plentiful all weekend long in Henderson. The Atchafalaya Club offers live bands Friday, Saturday and Sunday. You can also dance along the levee on Sunday afternoons at McGee's Landing and Whiskey River.