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Donaldsonville Louisiana

Donaldsonville is located in south Louisiana at the juncture of the Mississippi River and Bayou Lafourche.

Situated on highway LA-1, Donaldsonville is about a one hour drive from either Baton Rouge or New Orleans.

The Sunshine Bridge provides access to the East Bank of the Mississippi River.

Donaldsonville is the parish seat of Ascension Parish, and has a population of about 6,700 residents.

Area communities include Labadieville, Paincourtville, Thibodaux, Plattenville, White Castle, and Napoleonville.

Donaldsonville is the home of the popular River Road African American Museum. The role of the Museum is to educate visitors about the history and culture of African Americans in the rural communities of south Louisiana through the collection, preservation, and interpretation of art, artifacts, and historic buildings.

Read more at the website of the Donaldsonville Chamber of Commerce

Swamp People

Explore the Swamp People TV show, filmed around Pierre Part

Nearby is Lake Verret, a popular fishing spot in Assumption Parish near Pierre Part, Louisiana. Here some episodes of the hit TV reality show "Swamp People" are filmed. The show follows a group of alligator hunters during the 60-day Louisiana alligator season in various areas of South Louisiana, including the huge Atchafalaya Swamp in the Atchafalaya Basin in south central Louisiana.

The History Channel debuted Season 15 of Swamp People on January 4, 2024, at 8/7C, with Episode 1, entitled “Cruel Summer.”

Other segments are shot around South Louisiana, including Bayou Sorrel, Pecan Island, Bayou Pigeon, Morgan City and Houma and other locales.

"Choot 'em" is a phrase heard often on Swamp People, voiced by gator hunter Troy Landry of Pierre Part, a small community in the swamp close to the cities of Donaldsonville and Thibodaux, and Lake Verret. Our family roots are from nearby Paincourtville, Napoleonville, Plattenville and Labadieville, where my grandfather worked in the sugar cane fields along Bayou Lafourche.

Bayou Lafourche

Explore Bayou Lafource in South Louisiana

Bayou Lafourche is a 106 mile long waterway which stretches from Donaldsonville, at the Mississippi River, to the Gulf of Mexico. From Donaldsonville, it flows through Paincourtville, Napoleonville, Labadieville, Thibodaux, Raceland, Larose, Cut Off, Galliano, Golden Meadow and finally into the Gulf near Leeville and Port Fouchon.

Originally called the Chetimachas River, it flows through Ascension Parish, Assumption Parish and Lafourche Parish. Many of the early Cajuns settled along the bayou. On the west side of the bayou is Louisiana Highway 1, and on the east bank is LA 308.


Swamp Tours in the Atchafalaya Basin

Take a boat tour of the many swamps near Donaldsonville, Louisiana

One of the most popular things to do in Louisiana is touring the swamps! Most tours are concentrated in South Louisiana.

The area between Lafayette and Baton Rouge offers a number of swamp tours, operating from communities such as Breaux Bridge, Henderson, St. Martinvile and Plaquemine.

Learn more about Swamp Tours in the Atchafalaya Basin.

Map of Donaldsonville Louisiana


More Donaldsonville Area Resources

Ascension Parish Tourism Commission

Donaldsonville at LouisianaTravel.com
The Official Travel Website of the State of Louisiana

City of Donaldsonville

Ascension Parish Government

Donaldsonville Area Chamber of Commerce

River Road African American Museum

Donaldsonville Travel Guide at TripAdvisor


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